Bangladesh creates history against Afghanistan to keep their Asia Cup hopes alive.

Several records were broken during the Bangladesh-Afghanistan match in Group B of the Asia Cup 2023 in Lahore.

In a must-win game for Bangladesh, the Tigers batted and bowled their way to an 89-run victory over Afghanistan in Lahore, securing their place in the Super 4s stage.

The fate of Group B now depends on the outcome of the final game between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on September 5, with Afghanistan needing a commanding victory to advance.

Bangladesh totaled 334/5 thanks to centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto.

In response, Afghanistan’s pursuit never really got going, with Shoriful Islam striking first to eliminate the dangerous Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Ibrahim Zadran (75), Rahmat Shah (33) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (51) all made important contributions, but Bangladesh’s tight bowling kept the required run rate rising.

Despite having seven wickets in hand with 15 overs to go, Afghanistan attempted to chase the total down at a run rate greater than ten.

The scoreboard pressure eventually resulted in wickets, and Afghanistan was defeated by 89 runs. Bangladesh’s pacers made an impression, with Taskin Ahmed (4/44), Shoriful Islam (3/35) and Hasan Mahmud (1/61) each taking eight wickets.

Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and chose to bat first earlier in the day in Lahore.

Bangladesh fielded all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz alongside Mohammed Naim to open the batting. The decision paid off, as the duo gave Bangladesh a solid start.

The loss of Naim and Towhid Hridoy in consecutive overs jolted the Tigers at the end of the first Powerplay. However, Mehidy and Najmul Hossain Shanto came together to rebuild the innings, laying a solid foundation for a big finish with their 194-run stand.

In the Asia Cup, they had the highest partnership for Bangladesh. Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique’s previous best was a 160-run stand against Pakistan in 2010.

In this innings, both batters reached their second ODI century. Mehidy eventually retired hurt for 112*, while Shanto quickly followed with a well-made 104.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, kept their foot on the gas and finished with 334/5 thanks to some aggressive cameos from Mushfiqur Rahim (25 from 15) and Shakib Al Hasan (32 from 18).

This is their third-highest ODI total and highest against an Asian team.