After drawing one match while losing the other in a two-match four-day series against the Afghanistan A team, the Bangladesh A team succumbed to a 10-wicket mauling in the first of five one-dayers against the same opposition at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday.
The only thing that went Bangladesh’s way on the day was when the home side won the toss and elected to bat. It was all downhill after that as Bangladesh could only manage a modest 201 for eight total in 50 overs. Opener Imrul Kayes was the first to fall but not before adding 28 off 40 balls to leave the score at 52 for one in nine overs. Bangladesh then suffered a batting collapse, losing their next five wickets for just 54 runs.
The intensive damage could not be undone despite a 67-run stand for seventh-wicket between all-rounder Forhad Reza and Afif Hossain with the former falling prey to Naveenul Haq after scoring a 65-ball 30 in the 45th over. However, a valiant 71-ball 59 from Afif did help Bangladesh at least scrape past the 200-run mark.
Coming in to chase the modest total, Afghanistan romped to victory with all 10 of their wickets intact, reaching the target in just 43.5 overs. Rahmunllah Gurbaz remained unbeaten on 105 runs off 138 balls while his partner at the other end, Ibrahim Zadran amassed an unbeaten 86 off 125 balls to helped their side reach the target with 37 balls to spare.