Afghanistan vs Bangladesh 2nd T20: Rashid stars again as Afghanistan seal series

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Rashid Khan finished with figures of 4-12 off his four overs

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Rashid Khan produced another magical spell of bowling, during which he took four wickets, as Afghanistan cruised to a six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 International in Dehradun.

Afghanistan’s victory saw them take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Choosing to bat first, Bangladesh made a dismal start to their innings as opener Liton Das was dismissed by Shapoor Zadran on the seventh ball of the match for one run.

Sabbir Rahman only managed to score 13 runs before he was caught by Samiullah Shenwari at wide long-on off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi.

Nabi then proceeded to remove Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 22 as he was stumped by Mohammad Shahzad.

Rashid made his presence felt in the 16th over as he removed Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for three runs on the first ball. On the fourth and fifth balls, he took out Tamim Iqbal for 43 and Mosaddek Hossain for a golden duck.

Iqbal’s knock of 43 came off 48 balls and included five boundaries.

With Rashid sending Soumya Sarkar packing in the next over, Bangladesh were struggling at 108/8 in the 18th over.

However, Abu Hider provided some late fireworks as he struck an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls, which included a boundary and two sixes, to help Bangladesh finish on 134/8 off their 20 overs.

Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Nabi took two, and Shapoor and Karim Janat chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 135 to win, Afghanistan made a decent start to their innings before Shahzad was trapped lbw off the bowling of Hider for an 18-ball 24.

Shahzad’s opening partner, Usman Ghani, went on to make 21 before he was caught by Sarkar at mid-off off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai fell shortly after for four runs, but Shenwari and Nabi steadied things with a 36-run partnership.

Shenwari ended up making 49 off 41 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Mosaddek.

That was to be Bangladesh’s last taste of success as Nabi guided Afghanistan home with seven balls to spare.

Nabi finished on 31 off 15 deliveries, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

Mosaddek was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Hider and Rubel claimed one wicket each.

Shakib was disappointed to have lost again, and said: “We bowled and fielded well, but were 15-20 short. Kept losing wickets after a good start. They kept up the pressure in the middle overs and we kept on losing wickets. That’s where we lost.

“Rashid bowled really well, they have some world class spinners who are doing their job. We have to come up with better plans to handle them and put up better totals with the bat. I thought our seamers executed well, in this sort of wicket, it’s hard to defend 135 but credit to the way we fought.”

Stanikzai was thrilled to have already won the series, and said: “We knew out strengths, that’s why I was confident at the toss. Mujeeb, Nabi and Rashid showed what they are capable of. On this surface where there was tun, they did very well. Thanks to everyone who supported us, it felt like we were playing in Kabul.”

Rashid was named Man of the Match, and said: “This is what the team expects, I try to do my best in all departments. I used to bowl after 11 overs earlier, this is the plan given to me, to bowl in the middle and end overs. I was mentally ready, wanted to bowl in the good length areas.

“It was crucial, wickets of Shakib, Tamim, Mosaddek and Soumya. They are key players, we know how good they are, so we wanted to keep things simple and focus on the basics. Thanks to the crowd for the great support, we expect them to turn up for the third game as well.”

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