Rahmanullah Gurbaz (106*) scored an unbeaten century and the bowlers produced excellent figures to lead Afghanistan to a comprehensive 7 wicket victory against the hosts in the third match to finish the three-match ODI series on a high.
Earlier in the day, Tamim opted to bat first and got a solid start sharing 43 runs in the first 10 overs, but soon after the end of the first powerplay, Fazal Haq removed the opponent skipper Tamim Iqbal with a fullish inswinging delivery to get him for the third time in the series. Shakib and Liton Das took the inning deep as both shared 61 runs for the 2nd wicket before Shakib played on onto his stumps to give Afghanistan his 2nd wicket in the 22nd over.
This wicket just granted Afghanistan the start they needed as they reduced Bangladesh to 192 in their first inning as the hosts crumbled under 200. Liton Das scored a solid 86 before he holed one out to long-on. Shakib added 30 whereas Mohammadullah contributed with 29* at the backend of the inning. Rashid Khan took 3/37 in his 10 overs, Mohammad Nabi came back very well from his last game and took two wickets for 29 runs in his quota. There were also three runouts in the inning that lasted 46.5 overs long.
In reply, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Riaz Hassan, the young opening pair of Afghanistan started very well and shared 79 runs between them for the first wicket. Riaz lost his wicket in an attempt to drive an away spinning delivery which he missed and the wicket-keeper whipped off the bails in time. Rahmat Shah joined Rahmanullah Gurbaz at number three to take Afghanistan closer to the target.
Gurbaz got a few chances as the left-arm quick Shoriful Islam produced three opportunities to grab but the wicket-keeper spoiled the opportunities on two occasions and Mohammadullah dropped a sitter at the long leg when Gurbaz pulled a hard length delivery straight to him. Soon after they brought up their 100 run-partnership, Rahmanullah walked down the track to guide one to the long-off for a single but missed an arm delivery to get stumped for 47, just 3 runs short of his 19th.
Gurbaz, who was joined by the skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi, converted his third fifty-plus score to his third hundred in his 9th ODI match. With this inning, he completed three hundreds in ODI cricket with a fifty yet to come under his belt. Afghanistan chased down the total in overs to win the last match of the series and finish the series on a high. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was declared as the player of the match for his unbeaten 106* off 109 deliveries.
Despite the win in the third game, Afghanistan lost the three-match ODI series 1-2 to the hosts. Both teams will now depart to Dhaka to feature in two T20Is on 3rd and 5th March respectively.