Leg Spinner Rashid Khan shone with both bat and ball as Afghanistan thumped Bangladesh by 136 runs in their final group match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Sheikh Zayed Stadium at Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Afghans suffered an early jolt when they lost their opening batsman Ihsanullah for 8 runs.
Wickets continued to tumble, but some useful resistance down the order by Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib and 20 year old Rashid helped Afghanistan propel to a respectable score of 255/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
Shahidi notched up a brilliant half-century, before falling to Rubel Hossain caught by wicket keeper Liton Das for a well made 58.
Later, Rashid Khan and Naib contributed with some vital runs down the order to help Afghanistan post a challenging total. They added an unbroken partnership of 95 runs for the eighth wicket.
Bangladesh All-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of four for 42.
The Bagla tigers, after being given a target of 256 runs, started their innings badly by losing Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto cheaply with the scoreboard reeling at 17/2.
Barring Shakib Al Hasan Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain, none of the other batsman could cope with the Afghans bowling, as they were bundled out for 119 runs in 42.1 overs.
For Afghanistan, birthday boy Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Gulbadin Naib bagged two wickets each.
In the Super 4 stages of the Asia Cup , the first match will be played between India and Bangladesh on 21st at Dubai, while the second match will be seen featuring Afghanistan and Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.