Rashid Khan Steals Show As Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh


Highlights of Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 2018 Asia Cup straight from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

00:10 IST: We leave you with all the highlights from the group stage match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Thank you for joining us on the live action, until next time, it’s goodbye! 

00:05 IST: End of innings – Bangladesh 119 all-out lose to Afghanistan by 136 runs.

00:05 IST: WICKET! Mujeeb Ur Rahman wraps it up for Afghanistan through a wrong’un which traps Rubel Hossain in front of the stumps. Rubel departs for a duck. 

00:02 IST: Run-out! Mix up between Mosaddek Hossain and Abu Hider Rony and Rashid Khan chases the ball off his own delivery and makes a direct hit at the non-strikers end to sent Abu Hider back to the dressing room for 1 run. Bangladesh 119/9.

23:58 IST: Boundary! Poor delivery from Mohammad Nabi, a full-toss, hit through the covers by Mosaddek Hossain for four runs.

23:54 IST: One run from the over by Mohammad Nabi. Bangladesh 113/8 after 39 overs.

23:44 IST: WICKET! Mashrafe Mortaza plays a lofted shot from Mohammad Nabi’s delivery, attempted to clear the long-off fielder but finds Aftab Alam there. He departs for 0 off 11 balls. Bangladesh 110/8.

23:41 IST: Boundary! Mosaddek Hossain cuts the full-length delivery from Rahmat Shah towards square leg for four runs.

23:38 IST: Dropped! Tough chance at first slip, Mashrafe Mortaza picked up an edge from the final delivery of the over by Rahmat Shah. He finishes with a wicket maiden. Bangladesh 100/7 after 34 overs.

23:32 IST: WICKET! Rahmat Shah strikes in his first ball, gets rid of Mehidy Hasan as he takes a leading edge which ends straight into the arms of Shahidi. Rahmat departs for 4. Bangladesh 100/7 in 33.1 overs.

23:28 IST: Boundary! Mosaddek Hossain drives the flighted delivery from Rashid Khan through the covers to pick up four crucial runs. A gully in place for the new batsman now. Bangladesh 97/6 after 32 overs.

23:20 IST: Bowled him! Rashid Khan deceives Mahmudullah through his wrong’un. Mahmudullah departs for 27. Bangladesh lose their sixth wicket for 90 runs.

23:09 IST: Maiden over from Rashid Khan. Bangladesh 84/5 after 26 overs. At the same stage Afghanistan were at 107/4.

23:06 IST: Half way down in the Bangladesh innings, 83/5 after 25 overs. Bangladesh need 173 runs to win with five wickets in hand.

22:59 IST: WICKET! Quicker deliver from Rashid Khan traps the big fish, Shakib Al Hasan in front of the stumps. He departs for 32. Hawk-eye shows the ball went on to clip the middle stump. Bangladesh 79/5 after 23.2 overs.

22:51 IST: Huge lbw appeal! Original decision has been given not out. Review taken by Rashid Khan, he trapped Mahmudullah in front of the pads. Decision remains the same, not out given. Ultragedge shows their was no edge from the bat. Hawk-eye showed the ball pitched in line, and umpire’s call, the ball just brushed the leg stump.

22:49 IST: Rashid Khan has been introduced into the attack. He will bowl the 22nd over. Meanwhile, the asking rate has climbed to 6.45. 

22:47 IST: Big over for Bangladesh, 10 runs from it. Bangladesh 69/4 after 21 overs.

22:45 IST: Boundary! Mahmudullah smashes the half-tracker from Samiullah Shenwari towards mid-wicket to the fence. The last boundary from Bangladesh came in the 15th over.

22:44 IST: Boundaries have dried up for Bangladesh. Afghanistan on top of their game, just a single from the over by Mohammad Nabi. Bangladesh 59/4 after 20 overs.

22:38 IST: Another tidy over for Afghanistan, from Mohammad Nabi. Three runs from it. Bangladesh 56/4 after 18 overs. Samiullah Shenwari to bowl the 19th over from the other end.

22:26 IST: Drinks break! Bangladesh 52/4 after 16 overs, need 204 runs to win, with six wickets to spare.

22:20 IST: Boundary! The first boundary for Bangladesh comes in the 15th over (14.2), from the willow of the new batsman Mahmudullah, after he throws his bat at the full length delivery from Gulbadin Naib, which runs all the way to the third man for four runs.

22:17 IST: Bowled! Mohammad Mithun tried to cut the full length delivery from Gulbadin Naib but it ends up hitting the stumps. Mohammad Mithun departs for 2. 

22:09 IST: WICKET! Mominul Haque tried to work the ball drifting down the leg stump from Gulbadin Naib, snick it to hand an easy catch to Mohammad Shahzad. The original decision was given not out by the umpire but Afghanistan take an review and the ultra-edge shows the ball took a snick. Bangladesh lose their third wicket for 39 runs.

22:06 IST: Tidy over from Mohammad Nabi. Bangladesh under pressure, 39/2 after 12 overs.

21:59 IST: Second powerplay – Gulbadin Naib to bowl the 11th over. Bangladesh could only manage 31 runs at the loss of two wickets in the first powerplay.

21:56 IST: Two runs! Shakib Al Hasan drives the full length delivery from Gulbadin Naib towards cover region to pick a couple. The outfield has been really slow at Abu Dhabi, that shot could have traveled all the way to the fence. Bangladesh 25/2 after 9 overs.

21:47 IST: Single from the over by Aftab Alam. Bangladesh 18/2 after seven overs. Afghanistan were at 30/2 at the same stage. 

21:37 IST: WICKET! Aftab Alam shapes the ball in to Liton Das as it traps him in front of the stumps. Original decision stands OUT! Review taken by Bangladesh. Hawk-eye shows the ball pitched in line, impact in line and the ball hitting the top of the stumps. Bangladesh lose all their reviews. Liton Das departs for 6. Bangladesh 17/2 after 4.5 overs.

21:33 IST: WICKET! Nazmul Hossain Shanto gets a thick outside edge to Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s googly, the ball ends straight into the hand of Aftab Alam at short third man. Nazmul departs for 7. Bangladesh 17/1 after 4 overs. Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman in.

21:24 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman gives away five runs in his first over. Bangladesh off to a cautious start, 9/0 after 2 overs. Bangladesh need 245 more runs to win.

21:19 IST: Tidy start from Afghanistan, just four runs from the first over by Aftab Alam. Bangladesh 4/0 after 1 over. Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will share the new ball with Aftab.

21:14 IST: Bangladesh openers Liton Das and debutant Nazmul Hossain Shanto are at the crease, to begin the chase. Pacer Aftab Alam has been handed the new ball for Afghanistan.

20:34 IST: End of the innings – Afghanistan 255/7. Bangladesh need 256 runs to win at a required run rate of 5.10.

20:34 IST: Boundary! Rashid Khan goes down the track, makes ample of room for himself and slams the final delivery of the innings by Mashrafe Mortaza for four run towards deep extra cover.

20:30 IST: Boundary! Rashid Khan pulls the full length delivery from Mashrafe Mortaza towards fine leg for four runs. Rubel Hossain made a diving effort to catch the ball but failed to get a hand on it.

20:22 IST: Rashid Khan collects two runs from the free-hit delivery towards deep mid-wicket, full-toss from Mashrafe Mortaza! Afghanistan 229/7 after 48 overs.

20:21 IST: Boundary off a no ball! Rahshid Khan comes down the track to hit the full length delivery from Mashrafe Mortaza over long-off boundary! 

20:16 IST: Boundary! Gulbadin Naib flicks the full length delivery from Abu Hider towards backward square leg for runs. Naib did well to move away from the stumps, use the crease and hit the ball to the fence. The boundary also brings the 50-run partnership between Naib and Rashid Khan for the eighth wicket. Afghanistan 212/7 after 47 overs.

20:09 IST: 200 runs on board for Afghanistan in 45.5 overs. Rashid Khan, hits the ball towards fine leg to pick up a double. The fourth fifty for Afghanistan came in 54 balls.

20:05 IST: SIX! Rashid Khan pulls one, right from the middle of the bat, towards fine leg for a maximum. What a hit from the birthday boy! Rubel has been punished for keeping his ball short. 17 runs from the over. Afghanistan 198/7 after 45 overs.

20:02 IST: Boundary! Gulbadin Naib smashes the full length delivery from Rubel Hossain through deep mid-wicket for four runs.

19:56 IST: Boundary! Rashid Khan sweeps the angled in delivery from Shakib Al Hasan towards square leg to pick four runs. Afghanistan 177/7 after 43 overs.

19:54 IST: Boundary! Gulbadin Naib picks the half-tracker from Abu Hider well and smashes the ball through mid-wicket for four runs. Nine runs from the over, Naib ends it with back-to-back boundaries. Afghanistan 170/7 after 42 overs.

19:47 IST: WICKET! Fourth wicket for Shakib Al hasan. Mohammad Nabi tries to play across the line as the delivery from Shakib traps him in front of the stumps. Nabi departs for 10. Afghanistan 160-7 after 40.5 overs.

19:45 IST: Third powerplay has been taken. Shakib Al Hasan will bowl the 41st over. 3/33 for him already, into his ninth over. He has been outstanding, maintained a tight length, cramped batsmen for room.

19:41 IST: Welcome boundary! Gulbadin Naib plays a straight drive down the ground between mid-on and mid-off to pick up four runs from a full length delivery by Abu Hider. Afghanistan’s first boundary after eight overs.

19:36 IST: Wicket-maiden for Rubel Hossain. Afghanistan 150/6 after 38 overs. 12 overs to go! They are scoring at a run rate of 3.92.

19:31 IST: WICKET! Hashmatullah Shahidi snicks the delivery from Rubel Hossain straight into the gloves of Liton Das behind the stumps. Afghanistan lose their sixth for 150 runs in 37.1 overs. Gulbadin Naib is the new batsman in.

19:29 IST: 150 runs on board for Afghanistan in 36.5 over at the loss of five wickets. Projected score at this rate is 202 runs, if they can bat through the innings.

19:26 IST: Two runs of the first ball. Five dot balls followed from that over by Rubel Hossain. Afghanistan 147/5 after 36 overs.

19:14 IST: WICKET! Shakib Al Hasan scalps his third. Samiullah Shenwari fails to pick up the line, tries to slog sweep across the line, he did not position himself well, never got low to connect with the ball and pays his price. He departs for 18. Mohammad Nabi is the new batsman in. Drinks break has been taken! 

19:06 IST: Half-century for Hashmatullah Shahidi! He brings it in style, sweeps the flighted delivery from Mominul Haque towards backward square leg to find the fence. Shahidi has worked very hard in the heat. He brings up his fifty in 83 deliveries.

19:04 IST: Samiullah Shenwari sweeps, all the way to the boundary towards backward square leg. Shakib Al Hasan bowled a quicker delivery which was picked up well by Shenwari. The pressure looks to be easing a bit on Afghanistan now, 128/4 after 30 overs.

18:54 IST: Six singles from the over bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. Afghanistan 115/4 after 28 overs.

18:49 IST: Boundary! Hashmatullah Shahidi plays a brilliant sweep to hit Mosaddek Hossain’s delivery towards square leg for four runs.

18:44 IST: BOWLED HIM! Asghar Afghan tries to come down the track to play Shakib Al Hasan, the ball hits the stumps from the huge gap exposed between bat and pad. Afghan departs for 8. Afghanistan 101/4 after 25.1 overs. Samiullah Shenwari is the new batsman in.

18:44 IST: Four Byes! Full length delivery from Mosaddek Hossain to Shahidi, travels inbetween the legs of Liton Das, behind the stumps, all the way to the fence. Eight runs from the over, Afghanistan 101/3 after 25 overs.

18:39 IST: Huge caught behind appeal! Mosaddek Hossain looks convinced that Hashmatullah Shahidi has taken an edge, but the umpire thinks otherwise. Ultraedge confirms the ball took the pads before ending into the arms of Liton Das. Afghanistan 88/3 after 23 overs.

18:36 IST: Mosaddek Hossain has been asked to bowl the 23 over by Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

18:30 IST: Two runs from Mehidy Hasan in his eighth over. Afghanistan 82/3 after 21 overs.

18:24 IST: WICKET! Mohammad Shahzad tries to hit Shakib Al Hasan over the fence towards long-on but finds Abu Hider, near the fence. Shahzad departs for 37. Afghanistan 79/3 after 19/3 overs. Skipper Asghar Afghan is the new batsman in.

18:22 IST: Three runs from Mehidy Hasan in his seventh over. Afghanistan 74/2 after 19 overs. Shakib Al Hasan to bowl the 20th over.

18:19 IST: Chance of a direct-hit! Mashrafe Mortaza misses the stump by inches, brilliant from Mortaza to collect the ball on his follow through and take a hot at the non-strikers end. Shahidi was way out of the crease. Afghanistan has picked eight runs from that over, 71/2 after 18 overs.

18:10 IST: Lbw appeal from Mehidy Hasan! The ball was clearly pitching outside the line, while he trapped Shahidi in front of the stumps. Drinks break has been taken. Both the teams will look to regroup in the meantime. Afghanistan 63.2 after 17 overs.

18:06 IST: Boundary! Mohammad Shahzad punches the delivery from Mashrafe Mortaza, straight down the ground, well-timed, straight drive, two fielders will give the ball a chase but the ball wins the race.

18:04 IST: Boundary! Hashmatullah Shahidi picks the length delivery from Mehidy Hasan early and hits it towards deep mid-wicket boundary. Much needed four runs for Afghanistan. Afghanistan 54/2 after 15 overs.

17:57 IST: Last 27 balls: Bangladesh have leaked only nine runs. The pressure is piling on Afghanistan. Bangladesh have maintained a disciplined line and length to keep Afghanistan on the backfoot.

17:49 IST: Single from Hashmatullah Shahidi towards long-off to end the over. Afghanistan 38/2 after 11 overs. Mashrafe Mortaza to bowl the 12th over.

17:47 IST: Bangladesh are keeping it tight, another one run over from Abu Hider Rony. Afghanistan 37/2 after 10 overs.

17:42 IST: Tidy over from Mehidy Hasan. Just a single from it. Afghanistan 36/2 after 9 overs. Abu Hider Rony to continue from the other end into his fifth over.

17:40 IST: Three runs! Full toss delivery for Hider after bowling four dot balls straight and Hashmatullah Shahidi drives it towards deep square to pick three runs. The outfield is too slow. Afghanistan 34/2 after 8 overs.

17:35 IST: Mehidy Hasan gives away two singles his first over. Afghanistan 30/2 after seven overs. The debutant Abu Hider Rony to continue in his first spell from the other end. He has scalped two already, looks charged up!

17:32 IST: First bowling change for Bangladesh. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan to bowl the seventh over. Tactical change from Mortaza, Hasan will look to pile pressure on the new batsman.

17:28 IST: BOWLED HIM! Abu Hider scalps another, Rahmat Shah opens up the gap between bat and pad while attempting to play a drive. The ball was angling in to him and will go on to hit the stumps. Afghanistan 28/2 after 5.5 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new batsman in.

17:25 IST: Boundary! Rahmat Shah smashes Rubel Hossain’s short-pitched delivery through the mid-wicket for four runs. Rahmat did well to transfer his weight to the backfoot and time the shot to perfection through the gaps. Nine runs from the over. Bangladesh 28/1 after 5 overs. 

17:18 IST: Boundary! Mohammad Shahzad edges the ball from Abu Hider though the first slip for four runs. Could have been a potential catch with a first slip, in place.

17:16 IST: Double! Rahmat Shah plays it in the gap towards long-on to pick up a couple from Rubel Hossain’s short pitched delivery to end the over. Afghanistan 13/1 after 3 overs.

17:09 IST: WICKET IN THE FIRST OVER OF DEBUT! Ihsanullah Janat tried to smash Abu Hider’s short and wide delivery, hands a catch to Mohammad Mithun inside the circle at cover point.

17:08 IST: Boundary! First for Afghanistan, beautifully timed from the willow of Ihsanullah Janat through the covers and the ball will race away to the fence. The delivery from Hider was bowled wide from the off stump. 

17:07 IST: Debutant Abu Hider will share the new ball from the other end with Rubel Hossain.

17:05 IST: Double! Mohammad Shahzad nudges the ball towards mid-wicket to get himself and Afghanistan off the mark. Afghanistan 2/0 after 1 over.

17:00 IST: Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad takes guard in front of the stumps. Ihsanullah Janat is on the non-strikers end. Rubel Hossain gets the new ball for Bangladesh.

16:57 IST: Premier Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan will take on Bangladesh in the group stage clash on his 20th birthday today. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday! 

16:55 IST: The match officials and the teams have walked out in the centre. The Afghanistan national anthem takes the centre stage, Bangladesh’s will follow. Huge support for both the teams in the stands.

16:40 IST: Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das (w), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain

16:35 IST: Bangladesh have handed debut caps to Abu Hider Rony and Nazmul Hossain Shanto.

16:35 IST: Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad (w), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

16:33 IST: “We would have batted first as well. We have made three changes,” says Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

16:32 IST: “We will bat first. Shamiullah Shenwari is playing today. That’s the only change. I think it will be a good batting track and we are looking at a score around 250,” says Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan, during the toss.

16:30 IST: Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan wins toss, opts to bat against Bangladesh

16:25 IST: Five minutes to toss: Afghanistan all-rounder Rahmat Shah will play his 50th ODI.

16:10 IST: Last meeting: Bangladesh had won the One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1 against Afghanistan in 2016.

16:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Group B match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan and Bangladesh have faced each other five times in ODIs with the latter winning three of those encounters. The last time they faced each other was in 2016 at Dhaka, and Bangladesh had registered a 141-run win over Afghanistan.

Bangladesh Squad: Liton Das(w), Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto

Afghanistan squad: Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai





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High-Flying India Take On Gritty Bangladesh In Super Four Opener


Manish Pandey can add batting depth and looks like a possible addition in the middle-order, while Kedar Jadhav’s off breaks are more than handy and he is expected to take care of Pandya’s quota of overs.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were amongst the runs in the first two matches while Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik looked solid against Pakistan.

However, veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting form could keep the team management worried as he hasn’t been firing and it will be interesting to see if Rohit promotes him in the batting order to give the 37-year-old enough time to settle down.

While India’s rivalry with Pakistan is historic, the one against Bangladesh has been a bitter one post the controversial 2015 World Cup quarter-final in Melbourne.

One can’t deny the fact that Bangladesh have transformed into a quality 50-over side, a format they have mastered after a formidable run at home besides reaching the Asia Cup final in 2012.

Under the inspirational Mashrafe Mortaza and seasoned campaigners like Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, the team has the potential to go all the way.

With two quality pacers in Mustafizur Rahaman and Rubel Hossain backed by the experience of Mortaza and Shakib on a slow deck, India could find run scoring difficult in the middle overs.

Moreover, Bangladesh are being forced to play back-to-back matches in Abu Dhabi (vs Afghanistan on Thursday) and in Dubai (vs India on Friday).

This wasn’t the original schedule, but the BCCI had managed to arm twist the Asian Cricket Council in tweaking it, causing a lot of heartburn.

“Even if we win against Afghanistan (on Thursday), we will be tagged as second in group and will have to travel to Dubai tomorrow after playing in Abu Dhabi today,” Mortaza had said on the eve of the Afghanistan game.

So, that feeling of being undermined is very much there in this Bangladesh team and the match has more ingredients to become a blockbuster than the one against Pakistan.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Chahar.

Bangladesh: Masrafe bin Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider.

(With PTI inputs)



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Rashid Khan Shines As Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh By 136 Runs In Asia Cup


On the back of their late batting pyrotechnics, Afghanistan scored 97 runs from the final 10 overs and that made the difference in the fate of the match which, however, was rendered inconsequential as both sides have already made it to the Super Four stage from Group B.

Later, Rashid showed why he is considered a premier leg spinner in the world by taking two crucial wickets, that of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, the two most experienced players in the Bangladesh side in the absence of the likes of previous match centurion Mushfiqur Rahim.

Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah (27) were the top-scorers for Bangladesh and Rashid claimed their wickets with two gems of deliveries to break the backbone of their run chase. Bangladesh eventually were all out for just 119 in 42.1 overs.

Afghanistan will enter the Super Four stage with confidence after having won both their group matches. They play Pakistan in the same venue on Friday.

Chasing 256 for a win on a slow surface, Bangladesh struggled from the very beginning with two wickets falling inside five overs and runs hard to come by.

Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7), who made ODI debut Thursday, offered a leading edge to point fielder Aftab Alam of the bowling of off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fourth over. The next over, pacer Aftab Alam trapped Liton Das (6) LBW with an inswing delivery to reduce Bangladesh to 17 for 2.

Alam and Rahman bowled superbly with a tight line and length. The runs were hard to come by for the Bangladesh batsmen, including experienced Shakib who decided to play a waiting game in view of the precarious situation his team was in.

At the end of 10 overs, Bangladesh were 31 for 2 and it looked like an uphill task to even go near the target. The first boundary for Bangladesh came in the 15th over, and that happened after another senior player Mahmudullah came in. Shakib and Mahmudullah tried to build the innings as they grafted for runs.

In fact, the whole of the Bangladesh innings had just five boundaries. Rashid was introduced in the 22nd over and soon he broke the partnership of Shakib and Mahmudullah in his second over itself. A flat and quick delivery and Shakib was late to bring his bat down and the ball skidded off to hit on the pad right in front of the middle stump.

When Shakib, who did not hit a single boundary in his 55-ball 32, was out, Bangladesh were 79 for 5 then and staring at a defeat.

Earlier, Rashid smashed a superb unbeaten half century and shared 95 runs with Gulbadin Naib for the unconquered eighth wicket as Afghanistan made a stunning fightback to post a competitive 255 for 7.

Opting to bat, Afghanistan were initially struggling against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack led by veteran left-arm spinner Shakib, who grabbed four wickets for 42 runs, but Rashid (57 not out) and Gulbadin (42 not out) turned the tables in the final 10 overs.

The duo added 97 runs in the final 10 overs with a flurry of boundaries which undid all the earlier good work by the Bangladeshi bowlers. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered till the end.

Rashid, one of the premier leg-spinners in the world, played the role of the batting anchor for his side Thursday as he hit eight fours and one six in his 32-ball unbeaten innings. Gulbadin faced 38 balls and hit five fours.

Rashid hit four boundaries in the final over bowled by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza to end the innings in style with a four.

Hashmatullah Shahidi had kept the Afghans in the hunt with a fighting 92-ball 58 after his side were reduced to 28 for 2 in the sixth over itself. Wickets fell around Shahidi with only opener Mohammad Shahzad (37), with whom he stitched 51 runs for the third wicket, making some contribution.

Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark exactly at the halfway stage but Shakib was only getting better as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8) who was beaten by the flight of the delivery and drove the wrong line to see his stumps uprooted. Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by having Samiullah Shenwari (18) to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.

Shahidi was holding one end together all these while but he was also out in the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper for a soft dismissal.

At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it seemed that Afghanistan would struggle to even reach 200 but Rashid and Gulbadin had other ideas.

(With PTI Inputs)



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Rashid Khan Shines As Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh By 136 Runs In Asia Cup


On the back of their late batting pyrotechnics, Afghanistan scored 97 runs from the final 10 overs and that made the difference in the fate of the match which, however, was rendered inconsequential as both sides have already made it to the Super Four stage from Group B.

Later, Rashid showed why he is considered a premier leg spinner in the world by taking two crucial wickets, that of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, the two most experienced players in the Bangladesh side in the absence of the likes of previous match centurion Mushfiqur Rahim.

Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah (27) were the top-scorers for Bangladesh and Rashid claimed their wickets with two gems of deliveries to break the backbone of their run chase. Bangladesh eventually were all out for just 119 in 42.1 overs.

Afghanistan will enter the Super Four stage with confidence after having won both their group matches. They play Pakistan in the same venue on Friday.

Chasing 256 for a win on a slow surface, Bangladesh struggled from the very beginning with two wickets falling inside five overs and runs hard to come by.

Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7), who made ODI debut Thursday, offered a leading edge to point fielder Aftab Alam of the bowling of off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fourth over. The next over, pacer Aftab Alam trapped Liton Das (6) LBW with an inswing delivery to reduce Bangladesh to 17 for 2.

Alam and Rahman bowled superbly with a tight line and length. The runs were hard to come by for the Bangladesh batsmen, including experienced Shakib who decided to play a waiting game in view of the precarious situation his team was in.

At the end of 10 overs, Bangladesh were 31 for 2 and it looked like an uphill task to even go near the target. The first boundary for Bangladesh came in the 15th over, and that happened after another senior player Mahmudullah came in. Shakib and Mahmudullah tried to build the innings as they grafted for runs.

In fact, the whole of the Bangladesh innings had just five boundaries. Rashid was introduced in the 22nd over and soon he broke the partnership of Shakib and Mahmudullah in his second over itself. A flat and quick delivery and Shakib was late to bring his bat down and the ball skidded off to hit on the pad right in front of the middle stump.

When Shakib, who did not hit a single boundary in his 55-ball 32, was out, Bangladesh were 79 for 5 then and staring at a defeat.

Earlier, Rashid smashed a superb unbeaten half century and shared 95 runs with Gulbadin Naib for the unconquered eighth wicket as Afghanistan made a stunning fightback to post a competitive 255 for 7.

Opting to bat, Afghanistan were initially struggling against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack led by veteran left-arm spinner Shakib, who grabbed four wickets for 42 runs, but Rashid (57 not out) and Gulbadin (42 not out) turned the tables in the final 10 overs.

The duo added 97 runs in the final 10 overs with a flurry of boundaries which undid all the earlier good work by the Bangladeshi bowlers. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered till the end.

Rashid, one of the premier leg-spinners in the world, played the role of the batting anchor for his side Thursday as he hit eight fours and one six in his 32-ball unbeaten innings. Gulbadin faced 38 balls and hit five fours.

Rashid hit four boundaries in the final over bowled by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza to end the innings in style with a four.

Hashmatullah Shahidi had kept the Afghans in the hunt with a fighting 92-ball 58 after his side were reduced to 28 for 2 in the sixth over itself. Wickets fell around Shahidi with only opener Mohammad Shahzad (37), with whom he stitched 51 runs for the third wicket, making some contribution.

Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark exactly at the halfway stage but Shakib was only getting better as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8) who was beaten by the flight of the delivery and drove the wrong line to see his stumps uprooted. Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by having Samiullah Shenwari (18) to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.

Shahidi was holding one end together all these while but he was also out in the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper for a soft dismissal.

At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it seemed that Afghanistan would struggle to even reach 200 but Rashid and Gulbadin had other ideas.

(With PTI Inputs)



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‘Birthday Boy’ Rashid Khan Hits A Fiery Fifty Against Bangladesh, Causes A Twitterstorm


Rashid Khan made his birthday memorable for his team after he helped Afghanistan post 255/7 in 50 overs against Bangladesh on Thursday in their Asia Cup match. When his team was reeling at 150/6 after 37.1 overs and looked to settle for an under-par total, Rashid Khan (57*) ensured Afghanistan breached the 250-run mark. He was ably supported by Gulbadin Naib (42*) in putting on a partnership of 95 runs (off 56 balls). Rashid hit the ball ferociously all over the park. His inning was laced with eight boundaries and a six. After his stupendous showing with the bat, social media was abuzz with praises for the birthday boy.

After winning the toss, Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan elected to bat first. Opener Ihsanullah Janat (8) couldn’t stay long in the middle as he fell prey to debutant Abu Hider’s delivery in the second over itself. Mohammad Shahzad (37) stood solid for Afghanistan but Bangladesh kept the batting side under pressure throughout. Shakib Al Hasan was the stand out performer for Bangladesh as he finished with bowling figures of 4/42. He took the crucial wickets of Shahzad, Asghar (8), Samiullah Shenwari (18) and Mohammad Nabi (10).

Afghanistan had knocked Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup after beating the island nation by 91 runs. Bangladesh too defeated Sri Lanka in the tournament opener by 137 runs.

Both Afghanistan and Bangladesh are already through to the Super Four stage. Bangladesh will take on India in their Super Four clash on Friday while Afghanistan will play Pakistan in the second Super Four match the same day.





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Tamim Iqbal Ruled Out Of Bangladesh Squad After Suffering Wrist Fracture


Bangladesh team suffered a major blow on Monday after opener Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the rest of the Asia Cup with a broken hand.  “He got two fractures in his hand. He would not be able to continue here and also for the next three to four weeks,” team manager Khaled Mahmud told news agency AFP from Dubai. The left-hander received a blow during the first match of the Asia Cup on Saturday against Sri Lanka. Tamim suffered an injury on the wrist in the second over of Bangladesh’s innings when he was hit by a short ball from Suranga Lakmal.

Tamim was hailed as national hero after he returned to bat with his injured hand for the final wicket during Bangladesh’s 137-run win in the opening match against Sri Lanka.

He left the field for hospital for a scan, and when he returned to the ground with a sling on his injured hand his Asia Cup was thought to be over.

But the opener stunned all by striding out to bat after Bangladesh lost their ninth wicket for 229 runs.

He fashioned a hole in his glove in order to fit his taped wrist and used one hand in facing a single delivery to give the strike back to Mushfiqur Rahim, who was batting on 112.

Mushfiqur then scored 32 off 16 balls alone in their 10th-wicket partnership, guiding Bangladesh to 261 runs before he was dismissed in the final over for 144.

Bangladesh later bowled out Sri Lanka for 124 runs to record their biggest win on foreign soil, making a giant leap towards the Super Four round.

Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in their second match of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.

(With AFP Inputs)



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Lasith Malinga’s Four Wickets Torment Bangladesh


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Injury-prone Malinga was ignored by the Sri Lankan selectors since his last ODI appearance in September last year against India in Colombo when he took just one wicket for 35 runs. Malinga has taken 301 ODI wickets giving away 8,705 runs since his debut in July 2004. In the shortest format of the game, he has taken 90 wickets conceding 1,780 runs. Sri Lanka will be heading into the Asia Cup after clinching victory in the one-off T20I series against South Africa at home. They, however had lost the ODI series 2-3 against South Africa.

Live Updates Between Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI, 2018 Asia Cup, straight from Dubai International Cricket Stadium

19:46 IST: OUT! Mehidy Hasan departs for 15. Suranga Lakmal did well on the follow through to take the catch, Hasan played it really low from the full length delivery around off stump by Lakmal. Mushfiqur Rahim loses another partner. Bangladesh stumble to 175/6 in 33.4 overs. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is the new batsman in for Bangladesh.

19:42 IST: Single, down the leg side to end the over. Seven runs from it. Mushfiqur Rahim will keep strike. Bangladesh 169/5 after 33 overs.

19:39 IST: Four runs from Suranga Lakmal’s over. Bangladesh 162/5 after 32 overs. Amila Aponso to continue in his spell from the other end. 

19:35 IST: Four! Couple of bounces to the fence. Mushfiqur Rahim plays a slog sweep over deep mid-wicket, he picked Amila Aponso’s length delivery early. Bangladesh 158/5 after 31 overs.

19:30 IST: Lasith Malinga trying to find the blockhole every delivery! It’s like he is looking for a wicket on every ball that he balls. But he has been kept quite in his seventh over. Bangladesh 151/5 after 30 overs.

19:24 IST: Just four runs conceded from Amila Aponso’s over. Bangladesh 146/5 after 29 overs. Sri Lanka well on top. Lasith Malinga to continue his spell from the other end. 

19:17 IST: OUT! Short length delivery from Lasith Malinga, well directed, Mosaddek Hossain played it straight into the arms of Kusal Mendis. Lasith Malinga has bagged his fourth wicket. Bangladesh 142/5 after 28 overs. Drinks break has been called by the umpires. 

19:10 IST: OUT! Mahmudullah departs only after scoring a single. He tried to chip Amila Aponso over the top, gets the timing horribly wrong and will pay his price for it. Bangladesh lose their fourth wicket.

19:08 IST: Mahmudullah is the new batsman in for Bangladesh. Bangladesh 136/3 after 26 overs.

19:04 IST: OUT! Breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Good length delivery from Malinga, Mohammad Mithun placed it across the line and the ball went high up in the air. Mithun departs after a well fought 63 runs. Lasith Malinga scalps his third. Bangladesh 134/3 25.3 Overs.  

19:01 IST: Lasith Malinga has been brought back into the attack! He has been the only successful bowler for the Sri Lanka. Can he provide them with the much-needed breakthrough? 

19:00 IST: Double! Mushfiqur Rahim drives through the covers to take two comfortable runs. Bangladesh 134/2 after 25 overs. 

18:58 IST: Boundary! Straight on top of the umpire’s head, tossed up delivery from Amila Aponso and Mithun picked up the length really well. Bangladesh in the driving seat now. 

18:52 IST: In the air, falls safely! Mithun plays a reverse paddle to collect a single, the ball stayed in the air for quite a while after taking the top edge. Bangladesh 119/2 after 23 overs.

18:48 IST: Half-century for Mushfiqur Rahim! He took 67 deliveries to reach to his 50. Bangladesh 113/2 after 22 overs. Brilliant knock from the veteran Bangladesh batsman under pressure. 

18:44 IST: Dasun Shanaka has been introduced into the bowling attack for Sri Lanka. He is Sri Lanka’s seventh bowler to ball today. Shanaka will look to get the crucial breakthrough for the Lankans.

18:42 IST: An unbeaten 101 runs third-wicket stand comes up between Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh 107/2 after 21 overs.

18:38 IST: Boundary! 100 comes up for Bangladesh in 19.3 overs. Mohammad Mithun plays a deft touch off Suranga Lakmal’s good length delivery and he gets to his maiden half-century. What a brilliant knock from the young man after Bangladesh lost two wickets early. Bangladesh 102/2 after 20 overs.

18:35 IST: Six! Mushfiqur Rahim hits Dhananjaya de Silva’s delivery over the fence for a maximum. He timed the ball well, good connection between the bat and ball and Bangladesh will collect 6 runs. Bangladesh 94/2 after 19 overs.

18:20 IST: Direct Hit! Third umpire has been referred by Marais Erasmus. He rules the decision in favour of the batsman. Mushfirur Rahim had made his ground well early. Bangladesh 84/2 after 18 overs.

18:27 IST: Nine runs from de Silva’s over. Bangladesh 79/2 after 17 overs.

18:25 IST: Sri Lanka has introduced their third spinner in form of Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl the 17th over.

18:23 IST: Three runs from the Thisara Perera’s over, Bangaldesh 70/2 after 16 overs.

18:19 IST: Four more! Full length delivery from Perera and he has been smashed towards deep cover for a boundary. Brilliant drive from Mithun. Big over from Bangladesh, 14 runs collected from it. Bangladesh 67/2 after 15 overs.

18:17 IST: Four! Short ball from Perera, Mohammad Mithun cuts it short, towards third man for a boundary.

18:16 IST: SIX! Mohammad Mithun steps forward to hit the ball from Dilruwan over long off for a maximum.

18:12 IST: Dilruwan Perera has been introduced in the bowling for Sri Lanka!

18:11 IST: Four runs from Thisara Perera’s over. Bangladesh 53/2 after 14 overs.

18:08 IST: 50 runs up for Bangladesh in 13.1 overs! Short of length delivery from Thisara Perera, wide called by the umpire.

18:05 IST: Boundary! Reverse sweep from Mohammad Mithun, Angleo Mathews gives the ball a chase but the ball wins the race. Bangladesh 49/2 after 13 overs.

18:04 IST: Double! Mushfiqur Rahim sweeps it fine towards fine leg, collects 2 runs from Aponso’s over.

18:02 IST: Four runs from the Thisara Perera over, Bangladesh 40/2 after 12 overs. 

18:00 IST: Six! Mohammad Mithun dances down the ground and hits the ball over the long-off. 11 runs from the over. Bangladesh 36/2 after 11 overs.

17:56 IST: Boundary! Mushfiqur Rahim plays a slog sweep towards deep mid-wicket to pick up a boundary! The ball from Aponso was tossed up and well judged by Rahim early.

17:54 IST: Dropped! Another drop catch from the Sri Lankans. Rahim plays an uppish shot towards the square leg and an easy catch has been dropped. Bangladesh 24/2 after 10 overs.

17:51 IST: Aponso concedes two runs from his first over. Bangladesh 22/2 after 9 overs. Thisara Perera to bowl from the other end.

17:49 IST: First bowling change for Sri Lanka! Spinner Amila Aponso has been introduced.

17:46 IST: Boundary! First four for Bangladesh after 48 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim drives Suranga Lakmal’s delivery directed towards the middle and leg through the covers to pick up four crucial runs. Bangladesh 20/2 after 8 overs. 

17:42 IST: Single taken from the final delivery of Lasith Malinga towards the mid-on. Three runs conceded of the over, Sri Lanka well on top. Bangladesh 15/2 after 7 overs. 

17:38 IST: Two runs from the Suranga Lakmal over. Bangladesh 12/2 after 6 overs. Lasith Malinga to continue from the other end. 

17:33 IST: Free hit for Bangladesh, single taken after the ball has been played finely towards the mid-on. 

17:31 IST: No ball! Another full toss delivery from Malinga, well above the waist height, Mithun plays it towards the fine leg for a single and he has been dropped.  

17:30 IST: Big wide from Malinga down the leg side! Juicy full toss, misdirected. Mithun failed to make the most of it. 

17:30 IST: Dropped! Diving effort from Angelo Mathews after Mohammad Mithun chipped the ball in the air towards the mid-on, but the Sri Lankan skipper fails to get hold of it.

17:25 IST: Double from Mushfiqur Rahim, played through the covers, not enough timing on the shot, will only collect a couple to end the over from Suranga Lakmal. Bangladesh 6/2 after 4 overs. 

17:20 IST: Maiden from Lasith Malinga. Bangladesh living dangerously, 3/2 after three overs. Mohammad Mithun is the new batsman in for Bangladesh. He has come in place of the injured Tamim Iqbal.

17:19 IST: Big blow for Bangladesh! Tamim Iqbal has been walked off the field, the final delivery from Suranga Lakmal’s over had hit him on the wrist, while he attempted to play a pull shot.

17:14 IST: Two runs from the Suranga Lakmal over. Bangladesh 3/2 after two over. Lasith Malinga on a hat-trick to continue from the other end.  

17:10 IST: Suranga Lakmal to bowl the second over for Sri Lanka from the other end. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman in for Bangladesh. 

17:07 IST: Clean Bowled! Shakib Al Hasan departs for a first ball duck. Signature yorker length delivery from Malinga, does the damage. Bangladesh in trouble, after first over 1/2. Lasith Malinga will be on a hat-trick in the next over. 

17:05 IST: Wicket! Liton Das departs for a duck. Beautiful outswinging delivery from Malinga, Das gets a snick and the ball ends straight into the arms of Kusal Mendis at first slip. Brilliant comeback from Malinga! Bangladesh 1/1 after 0.5 overs. 

17:01 IST: Runs straightaway! Tamim Iqbal plays a slight nudge towards the fine leg and gets Bangladesh off the mark. The ball from Lasith Malinga was drifting down the leg stump. 

17:00 IST: Left hand-right hand combination for Bangladesh to open. Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das have walked in to the crease. Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga will open the proceedings with the new ball for Sri Lanka. 

16:44 IST: Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera (w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (c), Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Amila Aponso, Dilruwan Perera

16:43 IST: Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

16:35 IST: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews after the toss: “We would have liked to bat first as well. Looks like a belter. Malinga coming back is great for us.”

16:30 IST: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wins toss, elects to bat first against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener. 

16:27 IST: Pitch Report: Rameez Raja has said that there is no grass on the surface. Flat track, nothing in favour for the fast bowlers but a dream wicket for the batsman.  

16:25 IST: The stage is set! Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from Group B will get the Asia Cup 2018 campaign underway. We are five minutes away from the first coin toss of the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup.

16:20 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the inaugural Asia Cup 2018 fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka will be eyeing their sixth title at the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup. The last time Sri Lanka prevailed as the champions of the tournament was in 2014. Bangladesh will be the favorites with Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mustafiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahim present in the squad. With Afghanistan the third team in the group, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will aim to race for the Super Four.





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Ashok Leyland Bags An Order For 200 Buses From Bangladesh


Ashok Leyland has announced the winning of another order from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 200 Ashok Leyland buses.




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The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU)

Ashok Leyland today announced bagging a new order to supply 200 buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). The home-grown commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturer has received an order for Single Decker AC buses which includes Intercity AC buses as well as City AC buses. The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU) units and BRTC will be procuring these new single decker AC buses against a tender under Indian Line of Credit.

Announcing the order win, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We continue to serve the Bangladesh market and this repeat order, after the double-decker bus order, is a testament of the trust they have in our brand. Bangladesh continues to be one of our most important export markets. And it will continue to play a key role in our strategy of increasing our export share in total revenue.”

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China Plans Bullet Train To Kolkata Via Bangladesh, Myanmar


The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project (Representational)

Kolkata: 

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said Wednesday his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh.

With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Mr Zhanwu said at a conference here.

“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted.

The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project.

“We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he maintained.

The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meet in Kunming in 2015, he said.

The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Mr Zhanwu said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata.

Asserting that the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a scheme designed by China to conquer the world or its neighbourhood, Mr Zhanwu said the project is all about “shared benefits and development” through consultations and discussions.





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NRI Body Seeks Indian Citizenship to Hindu Immigrants From Bangladesh


Around 2.5 million Hindus find themselves in a position to be stripped of their citizenship.

Washington: 

A group of some Indian-American organisations in the US has launched a campaign seeking Indian citizenship to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

The group under the banner of organisations like SinghaBahini America, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) and NavaBanga are seeking support for the Citizenship Bill 2016, which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities from India’s neighbouring nations who have come to the country for safety.

The members of the group had met Indian leaders during the recently concluded World Hindu Congress in Chicago.

“In the light of the well-intended NRC to help identify the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who came as fortune seekers, it has come to light that a large number of Hindu population find themselves left out,” said a media release issued by the group.

Based on estimates, around 1.4 million to 2.5 million Hindus find themselves in a position to be stripped of their Indian citizenship, it said.

“Forefathers of Hindu brothers and sisters had come to India because of the persecution they faced in Bangladesh, yet they had not given up their faith.”

To ensure that the resources of India go to the citizens, NRC in every state is needed, but at the same time it is equally important that India protects poor Hindus from Bangladesh, the statement said.

“The Citizenship Bill, 2016 which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minority Hindus, Sikhs and Jains who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till 2014 is thus a must to showcase a historic Hindu Unity to send a message to our own people,” the group said.





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