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Mahmudullah, Kayes lift Bangladesh to 249

23 Sep 2018 CricBuzz

Bangladesh were in dire straits in the first half of their innings before Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes led a fine recovery through a 128-run sixth wicket association that lifted the team to a total of 249 for 7 in their Super Four game against Afghanistan on Sunday (September 23). Both Mahmudullah and Kayes scored crucial half-centuries that arrested the slide after Bangladesh were reduced to 87 for 5 courtesy a few ambitious attempts and a couple of suicidal run-outs.

As has been the case in their previous games in this tournament, Bangladesh started on a sloppy note to be two down for 18. Nazmul Hossain's horror run continued as he fell for another single digit score while Mohammad Mithun's promotion to No. 3 hardly earned any vindication as Bangladesh lost two wickets inside six overs after opting to bat.

Liton Das was joined by Mushfiqur Rahim and they rebuilt the innings with 63-run partnership. However, the gloom returned to the Bangladesh camp as Liton's audacious sweep gave Rashid Khan a wicket in his first over, followed by the run-outs of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur.

Coming together in the 21st over, Mahmudullah and Kayes started with singles and then garnished their partnership with regular boundaries to keep the run rate hovering over four. Mahmudullah scored more freely and got 74 runs off 81 balls before falling while trying up the ante. Kayes remained till the end to shepherd Bangladesh to a respectable total.

Brief scores: Bangladesh: 249/7 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 74, Kayes 72*; Aftab Alam 3/54) vs Afghanistan.


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