Battle of the Captains: Mashrafe takes out Nabi
Nirapad News : With the required rate over 12 an over and eight wickets down, Bangladesh were maintaining a tight lid over Afghanistan defending 267 in the seventh match of the World Cup at Canberra.
The match was almost beyond the reach for the Afghans and the only resilient partnership that managed to crawl through the innings was broken by Mahmudullah.
Soon after Mahmudullah dismissed Mangal, 27, Sabbir Rahman put in an exemplary effort in the deep to run out dangerman Shenwari at 42.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza led from the front as Tigers struck thrice early to choke up the Afghan innings and drying out the scoring rate.
Mashrafe took two in the first and third overs of the match and the captain also managed to take out the opponent captain Mohammad Nabi at the 37th over.
Shakib Al Hasan managed to take two crucial wickets as well.
Earlier, Bangladesh made 267 riding on fifties of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim against World Cup debutant Afghanistan.
Starting off slow after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque were lost with not much runs on the scoreboard.