Mosaddek Hossain stood out with 48 not out off 31 balls which featured the only lucky six of the innings. Azmatullah Omarzai caught Mosaddek well but touched the boundary cushion with his boot before relaying the ball into the hands of Rashid.

“It was always tough when you lose four wickets in the first 7-8 overs,” Shakib said. “I thought the bowlers bowled exceptionally well to get us back into the game, (but) we know that Najibullah is a dangerous player. On a wicket like this we thought we had the game, but credit to how they batted.”

Bangladesh pinned down Afghanistan’s top order through its experienced left-arm spinner Shakib and Mahedi Hasan. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11) tried to break the shackles in the powerplay, only to get stumped off Shakib in the fifth over while Hazratullah Zazai’s (23) struggled to score freely on a slow surface before off-spinner Hasan had him stumped midway through the innings.

Fast bowler Saifuddin had Bangladesh on top when he trapped Nabi lbw in the 13th over, but Najibullah’s power-hitting against the fast bowlers wiped out Bangladesh hopes in the death overs.

Afghanistan made an imperious start to the Asia Cup when it routed five-time champion Sri Lanka in its opening game and is the first team to reach the Super 4 round.

India, which defeated Pakistan on Sunday, is the favorite to top Group A as it takes on qualifier Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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