After Bangla, confident Afghans now eye upsets against Ind, SL

Fatullah (Bangladesh): High on confidence after their historic win over Bangladesh, minnows Afghanistan are now hoping to stage another upset in their remaining two league games of the Asia Cup against powerhouses India and Sri Lanka.
“Bangladesh were a bit lesser team than the other three. But we still have two more games coming up and our main target here is to win. Hopefully, we can beat one or two more full members,” Asghar Stanikzai, who made an unbeaten 90 to set up the 32-run win over Bangladesh last night, told reporters at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here.
“We were here to justify our participation on this big stage and to prove to the world that we belong here. We are here to give tough times to all four members. If we can beat one of them (India and Sri Lanka) it would be a much greater achievement for us,” he said.
Stanikzai and all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari put on 164 runs from 138 balls for the sixth wicket to help the Afghans post a challenging 254 for six on the board, a target that proved too much for the depleted hosts, who are without Tamim Iqbal and Shakib-al-Hasan.
“To be honest, every single victory counts huge back home. It has a huge impact back home. With this victory, cricket will grow even more and the interest in cricket will grow even more,” Stanikzai said reiterating coach Kabir Khan`s views.

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