The dismal run of Bangladesh A in their five-match one-day series against Afghanistan continued as they conceded a four-wicket defeat in the second match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.
Sent into bat first, Bangladesh batsmen showed much improvement from their 10-wicket humiliation in the previous game and posted a challenging 278-9 in their 50 overs.
Skipper Mohammad Mithun top scored with 85 off 94 balls while Mohammad Naim and Imrul Kayes scored 49 and 40 runs respectively.
In reply, Afghanistan opener Ibrahim Zadran struck a scintillating 127 off 149 balls to anchor his team to close to victory before Sharafuddin
Ashraf (36 not out) and Fazal Niazai (15 not out) struck two blazing knocks to power them to 281-6 in 49.1 overs.
With this win, Afghanistan took a 2-0 lead in the five match series and the third one-day match will take place on Wednesday at the same venue.
Bangladesh made a positive start in the contest with opener Imrul and Anamul Haque putting up 56 runs before the latter was dismissed on 26.
Mithun, coming in at number three, added 42 and 97 runs with Imrul and Naim respectively to take them close to the 200-run mark in good time.
However, after the loss of Mithun in the 40th over, Bangladesh lower middle-order batsmen failed to power the innings as they could only add 60 runs in the last 10 overs and remain content with a below-300 total.
Afghan bowlers Karim Janat and Niazai took three wickets each for their side.
Ibrahim, who made an unbeaten 86 runs in the first game, continued his good form despite his partner Rahmanullah Gurbaz falling to Shariful Islam (2-59) for 21 early in their chase.
Ibrahim then added 66 runs for the second wicket stand with Usman Ghani before the latter was dismissed for 26.
The 17-year old continued playing an anchor role in the innings amidst fall of wickets from the other end, hitting seven fours and as many sixes to give his side a comfortable win at the end.
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