The Bangladeshi fans are still celebrating. They can continue to do so until their side take on Pakistan on Wednesday. It is a virtual semifinal with the winner meeting India. Bangladesh have turned their campaign around. They started it with a win against Sri Lanka, then lost to Afghanistan and India, and today they are back to beating Afghanistan. They will be going into the next game with a lot of confidence. How will Pakistan feel after today's defeat? Well we will only find out on the 26th. Time to pull the plug here. Until next time, goodnight and take care!
Mahmudullah, Man of the Match: I think the weather was quite hot today. I am feeling dried up. We crossed the line and that is pleasing. We knew they got some big hitters and got a partnership in the middle, so good we came out on top. It is always a happy feeling to contribute to the team. We need to bring our A game to beat Pakistan. They are playing some good cricket and we need to be on top of our game to beat them.
Mashrafe Mortaza: At the end of the game Mustafizur was like a magician. It was difficult to defend 8 runs. Credit goes to Mustafizur. Not at all (that we felt like losing). Shakib bowled a good 49th over. But it was Mahmudullah and Kayes, playing his first game, set it up for us with the bat. Mustafizur was cramping a bit in the middle, we wanted him to bowl 10 overs but he couldn't. It is hot and a tough job. A win like this always gives confidence and the game against Pakistan is like a semifinal.
Asghar Afghan: Congrats to Bangladesh for this victory. We required 8 off 6 and it was not difficult specially when Naib, one of the main batsman in the death overs was batting. Mustafizur used his variations very well. We should have chased this total down. It was going according to our plan. In the last overs we had wickets in the hand. May be we should have taken singles or doubles in the last over. This wicket is easy to bat on and 250 runs is not difficult to chase here. We have learnt a lot while playing against full-member side.
The pressure was always on Afghanistan as they were chasing for the first time in the tournament. They did not get off to a good start - losing Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah early. Mohammad Shahzad played a weird innings, one where he looked comfortable and not. However, his partnership with Shahidi steadied the innings and set it up. There was another stand between Asghar Afghan and Shahidi that gave further hope, but when the asking rate touched 10 it started getting tough. Mortaza rotated his bowlers around smartly and though his strike bowlers - Shakib and Mustafizur didn't finish their quota, they were used in the right manner and right time.
23:35 Local Time, 19:35 GMT, 01:05 IST: Afghanistan, oh Afghanistan! They could not defend 10 off the final over two days back against Pakistan and today they fall short by three runs when needing 8 off the last over. Their glum faces says it all and what's more they are also knocked out of the Asia Cup. Entering the Super Four unbeaten and losing two close matches, imagine if they had won both the games. But as the cliche saying goes there are no ifs and buts in sport. It is Bangladesh who kept their nerve and their chances of reaching the final alive.
Gulbadin Naib, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mustafizur to Rashid Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
The Fizz to defend 8 off the final over. Afghanistan could not defend 10 against Pakistan. But do they have it in them to chase 8 today? All eyes on Rashid who is on strike.
Rashid Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shakib to Nabi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Nabi is gone!
Shakib Al Hasan [8.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack
Shakib to bowl the penultimate over. Bangladesh need all his experience here. Make or break over this. 19 off 12. If he can keep 10-12 runs for the final over, then he would have done a brilliant job.
Bangladesh review: The Fizz was confident. Rahim not so much. Fair delivery. Looks like it pitched outside leg. Is there glove? Yes. Not Out!
Three overs to go and the Fizz will surely bowl the 48th and 50th over. Then who will bowl the 49th? The Afghanistan batsmen need to be thinking all this and target smartly. 31 off 18. Nabi v the Fizz..
Round the wicket now
Mashrafe Mortaza [9.0-0-51-2] is back into the attack
Equation - 42 runs | 24 balls | 5 wickets. The modern day batsman usually backs himself in such situations. But it is not going to be easy with the likes of Mortaza, Shakib and the Fizz. Nabi holds the key and Shenwari needs to support him. Third man and fine leg up for Mortaza..
Mustafizur is stretching his legs. Is he not fully fit? The physio is out there in a flash. He hobbled immediately after delivering the previous ball. He's back on his feet though and has a smile on his face. Good sign for Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman [6.0-1-21-1] is back into the attack
Still no sign of the Fizz. Mortaza to bowl out with this over. Shakib still has two left. Scratch that. Mortaza tosses the ball to the Fizz. Somebody might have pointed it out to him. Shakib has a chat with the Fizz. Meanwhile, Nabi is talking to Shenwari and calming him down..
Shenwari reviews: That looked pretty adjacent. The batsman looks confident though. Fair delivery. There is not bat or glove. UltraEdge confirms the same. Impact is in-line from the front on replay. Wickets? Missing. Shenwari survives!
But has Mortaza miscalculated? The Fizz has four overs and he is not going to complete his quota. Still no sign of him as he persists with Shakib. Might be a gamble that will pay off. Let's wait and watch.
Samiullah Shenwari, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mortaza to Shahidi, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
This game keeps switching from one team to other. One quiet over for Bangladesh and Afghanistan respond with a big one. Too close to call. Nerves. Who will keep them will prosper. Here's Mortaza..
Shakib Al Hasan [6.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack
Last 10 overs: Equation - 81 runs | 6 wickets. You have to favor the batting side, but it is Afghanistan and their inexperience of chasing down targets is against them. But it is an important game and the pressure is on Bangladesh also..
Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mortaza to Asghar Afghan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Round the wicket to Shahidi
Mashrafe Mortaza [6.0-0-36-0] is back into the attack
Shahidi might have damaged his body though. Stands up and goes down immediately. The physio is out there rubbing his back and stretching his leg. Back on his feet. Bangladesh also take some time to ponder about their tactics. Ready to resume..
Nazmul Islam [6.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Round the wicket to Afghan
It's time for drinks! Afghanistan are batting sensibly, looking to take the game deep. Going at 7.5rpo isn't going to be easy in the last 15 overs, but at least they've given themselves a shot at it.
Mehidy Hasan [7.0-1-24-0] is back into the attack
Mustafizur Rahman [3.0-1-6-1] is back into the attack
Shahidi in some discomfort after that dive, takes time to regather
Asghar Afghan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mahmudullah to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mahmudullah, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. Aghanistan, just like Bangladesh lost 2 early wickets. Since then Shahzad and Shahidi have done the repairing job pretty well. Bangladesh need wickets at regular intervals to be in the match as they don't have the luxury of someone like Rashid at the death.
Mashrafe Mortaza [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Over the wicket to Mohammad Shahzad
Mehidy Hasan, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Last 6 overs: 12 runs | 2 wickets. The bowling has been tight from the Bangladeshis.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Nazmul Islam to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Two gullies in place
Mustafizur to Ihsanullah, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
A bowling change.
Nazmul Islam, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
It's going to be the debutant from the other end
Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Mortaza will open the attack