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Liton shows batting prowess

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das drives to the offside during the second ODI match against Afghanistan in Chattogram on Friday.

Liton Das hit his fifth century and Mushfiqur Rahim stuck a half-century as Bangladesh compiled a hefty 306-4, their highest total against Afghanistan in the second ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday.

Liton was dismissed after his 136 off 126, clobbering 16 fours and two sixes. Mushfiqur brought up his 86 off 93 balls, striking nine fours.

They combined for national record 202-run for the third wicket, eclipsing 178 by Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim against Pakistan in 2015.

Both of them, however, were dismissed by Farid Ahmad Malik in consecutive deliveries. But before that they paved the platform of a big total, which kept Bangladesh in advantageous position to wrap up the three-match series with a game to spare.

After opting to bat first, Bangladesh lost skipper Tamim Iqbal for 12 and Liton also had a nervy start.

Shakib Al Hasan joined him and paced the innings, however, Rashid Khan removed him for 20, indicating a tough day for Bangladesh. Liton and Mushfiqur then survived some tricky moments against Afghans celebrated spin trio–Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi.

But they soon recovered and brought up the shots from their repertoire to foil the Afghanistan bowling attack. Mushfiqur who was more fluent than Liton initially brought up his 41st half-century, slog-sweeping Rashid Khan for a boundary through mid-wicket off 56 balls.

Soon after Liton joined him to complete his fifty off 65 balls as he pulled Mohammad Nabi for boundary through square leg. After getting his half-century, Liton paced his innings impeccably, much to

the disappointment of the Afghans attack. But he was dropped on 87 when Afghan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi shelled the catch off Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Apart from this, Liton’s innings was almost chanceless. He took the Afghans spin trio, especially Rashid Khan in disdain and finally brought up his century off 107 balls when he hit Khan for a boundary through extra cover. After completing his century he struck Fazalhaq Farooqi a six over mid-wicket, which was the shot of the day.

But Farid Ahmad brought up an end to his magnificent knock, undoing him with a slower short delivery. Farid got Mushfiqur Rahim with similar delivery in the next ball to finish with 2-56.

Mahmudullah Riyad and Afif Hossain then helped Bangladesh propel past 300 runs mark. It was Bangladesh’s 21st 300 plus total in their 390 ODIs. Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 6 while Afif, after his epic 93 not out which gave Bangladesh four-wicket win, recovering from a precarious 45-6, was not out on 13. Farooqi and Rashid took one wicket each.

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