Afghanistan capitulate to heavy defeat against Bangladesh

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Afghanistan’s first Cricket World Cup match ended in defeat on Wednesday when Bangladesh took three wickets in the first three overs on the way to beating the fledgling side by 105 runs.

Afghanistan thrilled thousands of flag-waving expatriates at Manuka Oval earlier in the day by making a promising start to its debut match in the 50-over tournament, taking four early wickets and then rallying after Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim combined for a 114-run partnership to bowl Bangladesh, which won the toss, out for 267.

But Afghanistan was never in the match in reply, failing to hit its first boundary until the 10th over and requiring an unlikely nine runs per over with 15 overs to go. It was all out for 162 runs in 42.5 overs.