World T20: Bangladesh rout Afghanistan

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014 13:56 hrs

Bangladesh crushed Afghanistan by nine wickets in the opening match of the World Twenty20 in Mirpur.

Afghanistan recovered from losing Mohammad Shahzad to the first ball of the match with Gulbadin Naib hitting a run-a-ball 21 to move them onto 36-1.

But Shakib Al Hasan (3-8) dismissed Naib and Najeeb Tarakai in successive balls and a run-out saw them slump to 36-4 before they limped to 72 all out.

Anamul Haque top-scored with 44 as Bangladesh won with 48 balls to spare.

The opener hit the third six of his innings to finish the match at the National Stadium.

Hong Kong take on Nepal in the second game from Group A on Sunday afternoon.

Ireland play Zimbabwe on Monday in the opening Group B fixture with Netherlands and United Arab Emirates following later in the day.

The winners of each group join England, Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the Super 10 round-robin section of the tournament.

More from Sify: