Asia Cup 2018, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan

Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

However, Rashid, who is celebrating his 20th birthday today, along with Naib, stitched together a attractive partnership for the seventh wicket to help Afghanistan post a strong total of 255-7.

On March 1, 2014, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 32 runs in their Asia Cup encounter in Fatullah.

The group stage of Asia Cup 2018 has reached its end and today the final match of the group stage will be played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Both Afghanistan and Bangladesh will get to know about each other before playing again in the Super Four stage.

Bangladesh made three changes and Afghanistan one.

Both Afghanistan and Bangladesh have already qualified for the Super 4 round. Considering both these teams will be in action the very next day after facing each other, it will be interesting to see if the intensity will still remain high for an inconsequential match that will be played under sweltering heat.

Batting first after winning the toss, Afghanistan scored 255 for seven. Afghanistan have risen so rapidly that they don't even celebrate a victory over Sri Lanka, a country that has won the World Cup once and made it to the final twice, as if it's a massive achievement. It's been two years since they last clashed in this format and during this period, Afghanistan's stocks have risen with their spinners making rapid strides.

Earlier, it was a calm and composed fifty by Hashmatullah Shahidi followed by late onslaught from Rashid and Gulbadin helped Afghanistan set 256-run target for Bangladesh. Afghanistan have two ODI wins out of five against Bangladesh. Openers Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat, along with Rahmat Shah showed great temperament while batting against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, who were struggling early on in the innings, rallied to post 261 runs thanks to a brilliant century by Mushfiqur Rahim. Sri Lanka were then shot out for 124 in 35.2 overs, with all bowlers having some fun.

Mushfiqur Rahim needs 28 runs to become the third Bangladesh player to score 5000 runs in ODIs after Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan.