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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 31, BAN v AFG – Bangladesh Player Ratings

It was the batting that let Afghanistan down yet again.

Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

On a difficult batting track, Bangladesh was put into bat first by the opposition. It was Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan who, yet again, steered the team through in the innings with their heroic knocks. But before that, Bangladesh tried something different by opening the innings with Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal. However, the former could only accrue 16 runs while his partner got 36.

Both Shakib and Mushfiqur got to their half-centuries and set the platform. Mosaddek Hossain built up on that and finished the innings for his team with a brief cameo. Bangladesh got to 262/7 in their quota of 50 overs. While Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up three wickets, Gulbadin Naib accounted for two.

The chase didn’t really pan out as per plans for Afghanistan. Most of their batsmen got off to starts but none could play the match-defining knock. With an unbeaten 49, Samiullah Shenwari was the highest run scorer while Gulbadin Naib mustered 47. However, there weren’t any other significant contributions and the team was bundled out for 200 in 47 overs.

Here are the Bangladesh Player Ratings for the match

Liton Das – 2.5/10

Liton Das
Liton Das. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Liton Das had a wonderful opportunity at his disposal as Bangladesh gave him the opportunity to open the innings. He looked good initially, laced a couple of boundaries. However, he couldn’t control the shot he played to Mujeeb’s carrom ball. Hashmatullah Shahidi took a nice, low catch to send the batsman back to the hut. Das also ran out Ikram Ali Khil on the field.

Tamim Iqbal – 4.5/10

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal. (Photo by Mike Hewitt-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Tamim Iqbal took some time initially and looked to build his innings slowly. He was setting himself up for a good knock and was batting on 36. But on the 53rd ball that he faced, Mohammad Nabi bowled a great delivery, hitting the top of off, which is an off-spinner’s delight. The Afghan veteran was successful in his attempt as the ball went crashing into the stumps bringing an end to a watchful innings from Tamim.

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