Debutant Mosaddek spares Tigers’ blushes

New Age Online
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Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain plays a shot during the second one-day international cricket match against Afghanistan in Dhaka on Wednesday. — AP photo

Debutant Mosaddek Hossain spared some of the blushes of Bangladesh with an unbeaten innings of 45 runs as Afghanistan dismissed Bangladesh for 208 in the second one-day international in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Needing a win to bounce back in the three-match series, Afghanistan’s slow blowers bowled brilliantly to restrict Bangladesh as leg-spinner Rashid Khan and off-spinner Mohammad Nabi claimed 3-35 an 2-16 respectively.
Medium pacer Mirwais Ashraf took 2-23 to complement the spin duo while leg-spinner Rahmat Shah and pacer Naveen-ul-Haq chipped in with vital wickets.
Put into bat first, Bangladesh, who are looking for their 100th ODI win and warp-up the series after winning Sunday’s first match by  narrow seven runs, made cautious start with opening pair fetching 45 runs.
Ashraf removed both the openers Tamim Iqbal (20) and Soumya Sarkar (20) in his successive overs before Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah revived the innings adding 61 runs for the third wicket.
Afghan spinners took the control of the proceedings once Naveen-ul-Haq bowled Mahmudullah for 25.
Mushfiq, who scored 38, soon followed Mahmudullah attempting his favourite slow-sweep as Naveen-ul Haq took the catch at deep square leg off leg-spinner Shah.
Nabi trapped Sakib Al Hasan leg-before for 17 before Rashid worked out the lower order.
Just when it looked Bangladesh were about to be dismissed well below 200 runs, Mosaddek, who replaced Imrul Kayes in the starting line-up, staged a fight back last man Rubel Hossain.
The duo put 43 runs in the last wicket pair before Rubel was out in second ball of innings’ final over.
The third and final match of the series will be held on October 1.




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