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Afghanistan beats Bangladesh in the second match of ODI series, gears up for the final

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the second match of the ODI series on Saturday in Chattogram as they clinched a commanding series victory with a margin of 142 runs.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) promptly celebrated the win in a statement on Twitter, calling it a “new chapter” in Afghanistan’s Cricket history by securing their first-ever ODI series with successive wins over Bangladesh.

After being put into bat, the centuries from openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran powered the Afghanistan squad to a huge 331/9 in their 50 overs which proved crucial for their eventual win. Gurbaz was awarded the Player of the Match award for his spectacular inning of 145 runs.

Gurbaz and Zadran partnership put on a record opening stand of 256 from 217 balls – the highest for any wicket for Afghanistan in 50-overs cricket.

In reply, Mushfiqur Rahim fought a lone battle for Bangladesh scoring 69, but the Bangladesh squad was bowled out for a lowly 189 in 43.2 overs to surrender the three-match series 2-0.

Both teams will gear up for the final ODI match scheduled on Tuesday in the same venue.