Bangladesh survives the scare of the 2nd consecutive loss against Afghanistan by restricting them 3 runs short of the target. But again credit goes to Afghanistan for putting up a gutsy performance throughout Asia cup 2018. Afghanistan had a chance to win both games against Pakistan and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, their inexperience to win close matches cost them in the deciding moment of the match. However, Bangladesh made a superb comeback in the match after being down to 87-5 in the match to post 249 runs was a commendable effort form two lower order batsman Imrul Kayes (72) and Mahmudullah (74).
Afghanistan once again won’t get a good start as their first two wickets of Ihsanullah and Rahmat Shah fall cheaply at 26 runs. Even though the inform batsman Shahidi 71 scored his third consecutive fifty and put a 50 plus stand with opener Shahzad, who scored 53 runs. Later after the wicket of Shahzad fall captain Asghar Afghan 39 joined the left-hander to stitch another 50 plus stand for the 4th wicket. However, Bangladesh kept their nerves calm in the death overs to clinch the thriller by a small margin of 3 runs. Mustafizur Rahman and Mortaza picked 2 wickets each for Bangladesh.
Note: Mahmudullah declared player of the match