FATULLAH: Afghanistan recorded a historic victory as they beat Bangladesh by 32 runs in an Asia Cup cricket match here at Usman Ali Khan stadium.
It was Afghanistan’s first win against a Test-playing nation since the national team was formed in 2001.
Asghar Stanikzai (90 not out) and Samiullah Shenwari (81) added 164 for the sixth wicket as Afghanistan made 254-6 from their 50 overs.
Bangladesh lost their openers cheaply and slumped from 161-4 to 165-8 before being bowled out for 222.
Bangladesh’s last two wickets added a spirited 57 to earn them a bonus point, with Ziaur Rahman hitting three sixes in his 41 from 22 balls, but they were bowled out with 13 balls to spare.
Bangladesh were all out for 222.
Man of the match award went to Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari who scored 81 runs and took 1 wicket.
Afghanistan joined the International Cricket Council as an affiliate member in 2001, after many of the original players had learned the game in refugee camps over the border in Pakistan.
Unable to play at home in war-torn Afghanistan but competing in ICC tournaments around the world, they narrowly failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup but were granted one-day international status for four years.