The riddle of Rashid Khan remained unresolved as Bangladesh suffered a heart-breaking one-run defeat in the third and final Twenty20 internationals to go down 0-3 in the three-match series in Dehradun on Thursday.
The series already in its bag, Afghanistan wasted a good start to be restricted to a modest 145 for six by Bangladesh in the third and final T20 worldwide, here today. Chasing the target of 135 runs, the Afghans managed to achieve it in 18.5 overs.
Earlier, a combined effort by top and middle order batsman helped Afghanistan post a fighting 145/6 in the allotted 20 overs.
Team Bangladesh failed to understand the ball of Rashid Khan in the match also. The Bangladeshi team scored 134 runs for the loss of eight wickets with Tamim Iqbal scoring the highest- 43 runs for the team. This win would certainly give Afghanistan a lot of confidence ahead of the India Test.
They are a far more experienced side in global cricket than Afghanistan but there have been passages of play when they looked na ve and out of touch with the ever-changing world of T20 cricket.
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Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Usman Ghani, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Stanikzai (C), Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Aftab Alam, Najeeb Tarakai, Darwish Rasooli, and Hazratullah Zazai.
Shahzad, who hit three fours and one six, was the first to depart caught plumb in front of the wicket by left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam in the eighth over. He took four wickets and destroyed the Tigers innings. The 2nd T20I match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh begins at 8:00 PM IST. The absence of star pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been dearly missed as well.
Skipper Sakib also lifted his game to finish with 1-16, which made him only the third all-rounder to pick 500 global wickets and score 10000 runs. A very very good bowler but like you said, if the wicket's responding, like any spinner that offers him a bit more.
Using his experience of playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for Rangpur City, 30-year-old Samiullah Shenwari showed his mettle and collected runs for Afghanistan at crucial junctures.