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Afif Hossain’s All-Round Performance Saves Bangladesh; Naib and Qais Eliminate Sri Lanka

All-spherical Afif enables Bangladesh live to tell the tale Malaysia scare; Naib, Qais knock Sri Lanka out

Bangladesh 116 for five (Saif 50*, Afif 23, Pavandeep 2-12) beat Malaysia 114 for eight (Virandeep 52, Afif 3-11, Mondol 3-14) by runs

Afif Hossain placed on an all-spherical show as Bangladesh beat Malaysia by way of runs to affirm their semi-very last fixture in opposition to India at the Asian Games. Malaysia needed five inside the closing over with Virandeep Singh batting on fifty two off 35, however Afif gave away simply runs to keep the upset at bay.

Afif various the pace in each of the first 3 balls of the very last over to frustrate Virandeep earlier than lobbing one up outside his hitting arc. Virandeep attempted to break the shackles however holed out to lengthy-on with Malaysia still desiring 5. Afif then nailed yorkers to give away simply two runs and quit the competition.

Chasing 117, Malaysia were decreased to 18 for three, with Afif hanging twice within the fifth over. Virandeep then stitched key partnerships, including 34 for the fifth wicket with Vijay Unni after which forty for the 7th with wicketkeeper-batter Ainool Hafizs, to take his facet close. But Malaysia faltered inside the last over.

Earlier in the day, Afif located himself in the middle with Bangladesh three down internal 3 overs. He struck a 14-ball 23 with two fours and sixes and introduced 38 in only 4 overs with captain Saif Hassan. Hassan struck a constant half of-century – 50 off fifty two balls – on a floor that bogged down appreciably after the sooner sport, between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, within the day.

Pavandeep Singh, Virandeep’s elder brother, completed with two wickets for Malaysia however Bangladesh controlled to get to 116, which sooner or later proved to be just enough.

Naib, Qais take Afghanistan into semi-final

Afghanistan 116 (Zadran 51, Thushara 4-17) beat Sri Lanka 108 (Arachchige 22, Qais three-sixteen, Naib 3-28) by using eight runs

Afghanistan knocked an inexperienced Sri Lanka aspect out of the Asian Games to e book a spot within the semi-final in Hangzhou. On a slow-turner, Noor Ali Zadran struck a consistent fifty before 3-fors from Qais Ahmad and Gulbadin Naib dealt the final blow to Sri Lanka, who had 9 debutants.

After opting to field, Sri Lanka struck with the seventh ball of the suit while Nuwan Thushara wiped clean up Sediqullah Atal. Noor and Mohammad Shahzad then delivered 54 for the second one wicket but each batters struggled against left-arm spinner Nimesh Vimukthi and took their time within the center.

After Shahzad fell to seamer Lahiru Samarakoon, Shahidullah struck some lusty blows at some point of his 14-ball 23. But then a disintegrate ensued that noticed Afghanistan slide from ninety two for 2 to be bowled out for 116. Thushara, together with his slingy movement and correct yorkers, finished with four for 17.

In reply, Sri Lanka raced off the blocks, with Lasith Croospulle hitting Naib for a 4 and a six in an eleven-run 2d over. Even even though he fell in the subsequent over, Sri Lanka reached fifty nine for three by means of the quit of the 9th over.

That’s when Qais got here into the attack and grew to become the game round with a -wicket over. Ashen Bandara fell to a googly and played on at the same time as trying a power. Three balls later, wicketkeeper-batter Lahiru Udara became lured into playing a heave across the road to be bowled.

Captain Sahan Arachchige showed some resistance along with his 22 off 29, and later, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth stored the slender hopes alive while 15 were needed from 12 ball after which 9 inside the very last over. But Karim Janat knocked Thushara over with the primary ball of the 20 th over to kickstart celebrations in the Afghan camp.