Bangladesh faced a second consecutive defeat against Afghanistan in the T20 International match at Dehradun. Winning the match by 6 wickets, Afghanistan proved its prowess in this campaign. Shakib Al Hassan won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the campaign went haywire being struck by Shapoor Zadran and Mohammed Nabi, taking down two wickets in the powerplay overs.
Later, the inning steered under Tamim Iqbal playing until the 16th over. The batsman scored 43 runs in short partnerships with the middle order. Mushfiqur Rahim added 22 runs off 18 balls hauling the score to 75. By the 10th over, Bangladesh reached 81 for 3. The partnership between Rahim and Iqbal was the highest in the inning adding 45 runs to the score. In the final stretch, Abu Hider added an unbeaten 14-ball-21 pulling up the final score to 134.
Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled with a strong form. Rahman and Nabi maintained their economies with iron fist, leaving only handful of runs for Bangladesh batsmen. In Rahman’s 4 over, Afghanistan batsmen could only scratch out only 15 runs. He did not have any wickets, but Nabi nicked two, while letting 19 runs off his 4 overs spell. Still, the best was from Rashid Khan. The bowler gave out only 12 runs off his 4 overs, while taking 4 wickets.
The chase set off with a slow tempo. The opening partnership between Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani lasted to the fifth over, as Abu Hider took down Shahzad at 24 runs for 18 balls. The opener struck 4 fours and a six hauling the core to 38. Ghani picked up runs rather slowly playing until the 11th over to score 21 off 31 balls.
The momentum caught up only when Samiullah Shenwari set off his strike. He partnered with Ghani in the beginning and Mahammad Nabi at the end, scoring 49 off 41 balls. After his wicket to Mosaddek Hossain, Nabi closed the inning with an impressive strike. The allrounder knocked 31 off 15 balls plundering 3 fours and 2 sixes, hauling the chase to the winning mark.
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