Visiting Afghanistan ‘A’ team humiliated Bangladesh ‘A’ team with a 10-wicket victory in their first one-dayer of the five-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Friday.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh ‘A’ team, which featured four-members of Sri Lanka-bound national team, could manage just 201-8 in their 50 overs before the second string Afghanistan team cruised past the score without losing any wicket.
Teenage wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck an unbeaten 105 off 138 balls while his fellow opener Ibrahim Zadran was unbeaten on 86 off 125 balls as Afghanistan ‘A’ team reached 202-0 in 43.5 overs to take 1-0 lead in the series.
Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s problem was further compounded once pacer Rubel Hossain got injured while fielding, which forced him to leave the field without completing his over.
Rubel is one of four national team players who have participated in the game for ‘A’ team.
The other three players of senior team – opener Anamul Haque, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman – failed to create an impact for the ‘A’ team.
Afif Hossain made highest 59 off 71 balls while Farhad Reza (30) and Imrul Kayes (28) were the other two significant run-getters.
Naveen-ul-Haq and Karim Janat claimed two wickets each for Afghanistan ‘A’ team.
The second match of the series will be held on July 21 at the same ground. Manager Habibul Bashar confirmed four senior national players will play the match before flying out for Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan ‘A’ team won the preceding unofficial Test series 1-0.
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