The Bangladesh team is sitting on top of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) Super League standings. They took a 2-0 lead over Afghanistan after the win in the second ODI in Chattogram.
They won the first ODI in remarkable fashion after trailing during most of the game. Chasing 216 for the win, Bangladesh was down to 45/6 when Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan combined to build a match-winning partnership of 174.
In the second game on Friday, the Tigers posted a mammoth total of 306/4 courtesy of an attacking century (136 off 126 balls) from the opener, Liton Das. The knock included sixteen fours and two sixes. Mushfiqur Rahim played second fiddle, helping himself to 86 before falling.
In response, Afghanistan was never in the game as they lost wickets at regular intervals. A combined bowling effort from the Bangla bowlers saw them skittle out their opponents for 218, securing an 88-run victory.
With that, they reached the top of the CWC Super League. The top eight teams automatically qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup set to be held in India. For the tournament, the hosts India has already qualified.
England is in second place with 9 wins in 15 matches, while India sits in third place with 8 wins in 12 matches. The Men in Blue defeated West Indies 3-0 at home to jump from seventh to third. Currently, Pakistan and South Africa are out of the automatic qualifying slot but they have played only nine and ten games respectively so far.