Bangladesh began their World Cup campaign on a winning note, as they registered a comfortable 105-run victory over Afghanistan at a Pool A match at Manuka Oval in Canberra. They dominated the proceedings with both bat and ball.
Bangladesh posted 267 in 50 overs. Shakib Al Hasan (63) and Mushfiqur Rahim (71) were the top scorers. Anamul Haque (29), Soumya Sarkar (28) and Mahmudullah (23) were the other contributors. Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam and Mirwais Ashraf took two wickets each.
Chasing a victory target of 268, Afghanistan lost three wickets for just three runs on board. They never recovered from that shock and bowled out for 162 in 42.5 overs. Nawroz Mangal (27), Samiullah Shenwari (42) and Mohammad Nabi (44) were the top scorers. For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza took three wickets, while Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets. Mushfiqur Rahim was declared ‘Man of the Match’.