Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the grand finale Saturday at the same venue
Bangladesh swept into the final of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup after swatting aside Afghanistan by seven wickets in the second semi-final at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.
Chasing 229, the second string Bangladesh side reached their destination in 39.5 overs, thanks to brisk half-centuries from opener Soumya Sarkar (61) and captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto (59) and quickfire knocks by No 4 batter Yasir Ali (38*) and youngster Afif Hossain (45*).
Afghanistan’s Abdul Wasi bagged two wickets.
The name Amad Butt may not shine brightly in the scoreboard but the 24-year pacer did a splendid job as he conceded just four runs in the final over for @TheRealPCB against arch-rival @BCCI in the Emerging Asia Cup to secure a final berth.https://t.co/RSXwcWZlvc#PAKISTAN #PCB— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 20, 2019
Earlier, asked to bat first, Afghanistan were restricted to 228 for the loss of nine wickets.
Right-arm seamer Hasan Mahmud and player of the match Soumya bagged three wickets each, while left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam picked up two wickets.
Afghanistan’s No 4 batsman Darwish Rasooli top-scored with 114 while lower-order batters Waheedullah Shafaq and Tariq Stanikzai made 34 and 33 respectively.
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the grand finale Saturday at the same venue.