Bangladesh climbed to the top of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings after their 88 run victory over Afghanistan in Chattogram.
Bangladesh won their 10th game in the 2020-23 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League from 14, taking their run tally to 100 with a net run rate of 0.422. They overtake England, who currently sit in second place with 95 points. They also become the first team to break the 100-point mark in the CWCSL.
The Tigers beat Afghanistan in the second ODI of the three-game series by 88 points, taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead at home. Liton Das (136) and Mushfiqur Rahim (86) were the stars of the show with the bat, posting a disheartening goal of 307 for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has fought valiantly for half a century since Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran, but the target proved too stiff for the visitors.
Bangladesh have been a force to be reckoned with so far in the CWCSL, especially at home where they have won seven of their eight games. Their only series defeat in the Super League came at home, where they were swept 3-0 to New Zealand.
THE CWCSL JOURNEY FROM BANGLADESH SO FAR
Bangladesh 3-0 West Indies
Bangladesh’s CWCSL journey began on a bright note with a 3-0 win over West Indies in January 2021. The Tigers were absolutely dominant in the series as West Indies failed to break the 200 point mark in all three games .
In the first two games, the visitors were knocked out for 122 and 148, with the spinners taking their toll. In game three, when Bangladesh struck first, fifty-year-olds Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmud Ullah helped them post a whopping 298 goal, 120 points too many for West Indies.
Shakib Al Hasan, who returned to ODI cricket after a two-year gap, didn’t miss a beat as he was named Player of the Series for 113 runs and six wickets.
New Zealand 3-0 Bangladesh
Bangladesh fell short on their first outing away from home – they were cleared by New Zealand in March 2021.
They were convincingly beaten in the first ODI where they were all knocked out for 131, but put in a better showing in the second game. They always came short, with Tom Latham Century. They suffered a heavy loss of 164 points in the ODI final.
Bangladesh 2-1 Sri Lanka
It didn’t take long for Bangladesh to bounce back. They recorded yet another series win at home, this time against neighbors Sri Lanka.
Mushfiqur Rahim was the architect of their wins in the first two games, with scores of 84 and 125. Sri Lanka were beaten in the first and second ODIs by 33 and 103 points respectively. They tasted defeat in the ODI final by 97 runs, which was their only home loss so far in the CWCSL.
Zimbabwe 0-3 Bangladesh
The Bangladeshi juggernaut showed no signs of stopping when he traveled to Zimbabwe for a three-match series. A century of Liton Das and a fife of Shakib Al Hasan helped them register a dominating victory of 155 points.
They were forced to sweat in the second game, where they found themselves down to 145/6 chasing 241. Shakib saved them from trouble, battling until the end to finish on 96* and Zimbabwe were beaten by three wickets in the last over.
Bangladesh had set a target of 299 in the last game, but a ton of Tamim Iqbal and brilliant finishes from Nurul Hasan and Afif Hossain brought them home with an over to spare, completing their third win in the series CWCSL.
Bangladesh have three CWCSL series remaining after the end of the current series against Afghanistan, where they face South Africa (away), Ireland (away) and England (at residence). With 10 wins out of 14, they are in a strong position for automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
The 2020-23 CWCSL will determine which teams qualify for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India. Apart from India qualifying for the World Cup as hosts, the top 7 CWCSL teams will qualify directly for the tournament while the remaining teams will have to go through qualifying tournaments to secure a spot in the tournaments. final group stages.