Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shinwari star for the new boys.
Afghanistan rode on brilliant performances from Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shinwari to score 254-6 in their Asia Cup match against Bangladesh at Fatullah on Saturday.
Stanikzai hit an unbeaten 90 off 103 balls while Shinwari smashed 69-balls for 81 during their record sixth wicket stand of 164 runs after Bangladesh won the toss and put Afghanistan in to bat on a slow and dry pitch.
The Stanikzai-Shinwari stand is the third highest partnership for Afghanistan in all one-day internationals and the highest for the sixth wicket.
Stanikzai hit six boundaries and three towering sixes in his highest one-day score while Shinwari smashed 10 fours and a six.
They ran riot in the final 10 overs as Afghanistan added 107 for the loss of Shinwari who was run out off the penultimate delivery.
Afghanistan had lost opener Mohammad Shahzad (two) in the third over of the innings before Karim Sadiq (12) and Najibullah Zadran (21) took the total to 40.
Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny (2-44), who replaced injured paceman Mashrafe Mortaza, dismissed both in his successive overs.
Nawroz Mangal (24) and skipper Mohammad Nabi (seven) too failed to benefit from good starts as Afghanistan were left struggling at 90-5 in the 27th over.
It was left to Stanikzai and Shinwari to lift the innings.
Sri Lanka have won both their matches while title-holders Pakistan and India have won one of their two matches.
Scoreboard after Afghanistan innings in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh played at Fatullah on Saturday.
Mohammad Shahzad lbw b Hossain 2
Karim Sadiq c and b Sunny 12
Najibullah Zadran b Sunny 21
Asghar Stanikzai not out 90
Nawroz Mangal run out 24
Mohammad Nabi c Nasir b Haque 7
Samiullah Shenwari run out 81
Mirwais Ashraf not out 0
Extras: (b1, lb6, w10) 17
Total: (for six wkts; 50 overs) 254
Did not bat: Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Hamza Hotak.
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Shahzad), 2-40 (Sadiq), 3-43 (Najibullah), 4-74 (Mangal), 5-90 (Nabi), 6-254 (Shinwari)
Bowling: Hossain 10-0-61-1 (2w), Razzak 10-1-57-0 (2w), Sunny 10-0-44-2 (1w), Ghazi 0.3-0-0-0, Nasir 2.3-0-8-0, Haque 10-0-38-1, Rahman 7-0-39-0 (5w)
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Johan Cloete (RSA)
Tv umpire: C. K. Nandan (IND)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)