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[Watch] Mehidy Hasan Miraz's Dangerous Slider Crush Afghanistan's Hopes

image-lm3p31kmNajibullah Zadran missed the ball altogether (Twitter)

The Asia Cup 2023 clash between Afghanistan and Bangladesh took a significant turn when Afghanistan's middle-order batsman, Najibullah Zadran fell victim to a deceptive delivery from Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan's hopes teeter after Zadran's dismissal by Miraz

Leading up to the wicket, Afghanistan was going strong towards their target. They had reached a promising 193/3, and the partnership being built between Zadran and captain Hashmatullah Shahid had the potential to see them home. Zadran, known for his aggressive style of play, was expected to provide a much-needed acceleration to the run rate.

However, the game's dynamics shifted in the 37th over when Miraz bowled a flighted delivery. It teased and tempted Zadran into attempting one of his signature boundary-clearing shots. The ball, however, had other plans. 

Staying lower than anticipated, it deceived the batsman, causing him to miss it altogether. Zadran's stumps were rattled and he had to depart after scoring 17 runs from 25 balls.

Watch: Najibullah Zadran wicket video

This dismissal wasn't just the loss of a wicket for Afghanistan; it was the loss of momentum and possibly the psychological advantage. Zadran's wicket paved the way for another significant blow in the next over in the form of Shahidi, doubling the pressure on the Afghan lower order.

Afghanistan's chase, up to that point, had its ups and downs. Starting with an early setback from Shoriful Islam and a noteworthy partnership between Rahmat Shah and Zadran, the innings had seen its share of highs. But, post-Zadran's wicket and the subsequent fall of the Afghan captain, the challenge ahead has become significantly steeper.

At the time of writing this article, Afghanistan stand at 200/5 after 39 overs. With the fate of the match still in the balance, every ball, run, and decision will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this thrilling contest.