Bangladesh put on a commanding performance, securing an emphatic 89-run victory against Afghanistan in their second Asia Cup encounter, held at Lahore. This resounding win breathes new life into Bangladesh's aspirations of advancing to the Super Fours stage of the tournament.
Taskin Ahmed, the right-arm pacer, emerged as the star of the match, claiming four crucial wickets while conceding 44 runs. Shoriful Islam contributed significantly with three wickets of his own, restricting Afghanistan to a total of 245 runs in pursuit of Bangladesh's formidable 335-run target.
Despite good efforts by Afghanistan's Ibrahim Zadran, who notched up an impressive 75, and Hashmatullah Shahidi, who blazed his way to 51, they struggled to maintain their momentum as wickets fell at pivotal junctures, intensifying the challenge against Bangladesh's quality bowling attack, which showcased a diverse array of strategies.