Hosts Bangladesh won the opening game of the fifth ICC World Twenty20 tournament with a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Mirpur.
The tournament debutants were skittled out for 72 in 17.1 overs after being put into bat by Mushfiqur Rahim at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
|Afghanistan: 72 all out (17.1 overs)|
|Shehzad||c Mahmudullah||b Mortaza||0||1|
|Tarakai||c Nasir Hossain||b Shakib||7||27||11|
|Naib||c Rahman||b Shakib||21||26||22|
|Mangal||run out (Rahman)||0||5||1|
|Sadiq||run out (Reza)||10||19||23|
|Shafiqullah||c Mushfiqur Rahim||b Mahmudullah||16||17||16|
|Zadran||c Mahmudullah||b Reza||1||9||6|
|S Zadran||b Shakib||1||12||11|
|Extras||2nb 3w 2b 5lb||12|
The Tigers reached their target with eight overs to spare as they commenced their Group A campaign with a commanding victory.
Afghanistan’s tournament could have not started in worse fashion as Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed with the opening ball of the match.
Gulbadin Naib top scored with 21 but his wicket was the first of three to fall with the score on 36 and they lost their final four wickets for three runs.
Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with 3-8.
In their reply, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque put on 45 for the opening wicket.
|Bangladesh: 78 for 1 (12 overs)|
|Tamim Iqbal||lbw||b Shenwari||21||27||27|
|A Haque||not out||44||50||32|
|Extras||0nb 2w 0b 1lb||3|
Tamim was trapped lbw for 21 in the eighth over by Samiullah Shenwari but the hosts cantered to victory.
Anamul finished unbeaten on 44, giving the home fans plenty to cheer with three sixes including a maximum off Shenwari to seal the triumph.
The World T20 has been expanded to 16 teams this year with the two lowest ranked full members, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, joined by six qualifiers.
Those eight teams are split into two groups and play in a round-robin format with the winner of each group joining the top eight ranked nations in the Super 10 stage, which begins on March 21.
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