Twitter Reactions: Clinical Afghanistan beat Bangladesh yet again, seal series
Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets and have now registered an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
Updated - Jun 5, 2018 11:31 pm
Team Afghanistan came up with yet another complete performance to humiliate Bangladesh in Dehradun again. They beat the Bangladeshi side by 6 wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series. The ‘hosts’ were chasing a modest 134 for the victory. But the track turned out to be a tricky one and Bangladesh had a sniff in the game. But some sensible batting from Samiullah Shenwari, coupled with Mohammad Nabi’s power hitting, saw Afghanistan through in the game.
Earlier in the game, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first in the game. They had a very poor start with Shapoor Zadran dismissing Liton Das in the second over of the game. Sabbir Rahman was promoted at number three to join Tamim Iqbal at the crease. While Tamim showed intent to hang around at the wicket, Rahman perished after hitting a quick 13. It was Mohammad Nabi who got the wicket in the 5th over.
Nabi struck again in the 10tth over to send Mushfiqur Rahim packing 22. The innings still looked steady with Tamim going good at one end. It was just then that the innings suffered a major collapse. The Bangaldeshi scorecard slumped from 93/3 to 108/8. The wrecker-in-chief was the familiar face of Rashid Khan.
Rashid bowled an exceptional spell of four overs conceding just 12 runs and taking 4 wickets. This included a triple strike in the 16th over of the match. Towards the end, an unbeaten 14-ball 21 from Abu Hider Rony helped Bangladesh post 134/8 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In the run chase, Afghanistan got off to a steady yet slow start. Both the openers, Usman Ghani (21) and Mohammad Shahzad (24), got starts but failed to make it big. While Rubel Hossain dismissed Ghani, it was Abu Hider who got the big wicket of Shahzad. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai’s stay at the crease was cut short by Mosaddek Hossain soon after. Samiullah Shenwari was the big hope of the Afghanistan team at the crease.
Shenwari perished after scoring 49 at a very crucial juncture in the game. With 20 needed off the last two overs, it was Mohammad Nabi who took the strike against Rubel. Nabi hammered a couple of sixes and a couple of fours to seal the game for his side. Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets and have now registered an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
Here is how the cricket world reacted to the match:
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) June 5, 2018
Second successive Man of the Match award for Rashid Khan #AFGvBAN
His figures: 4 overs 12 runs 4 wickets [Tamim, Shakib, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek]
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 5, 2018
In T20Is against top sides, Afghanistan has beaten
Zimbabwe and Ireland on 7 occasions
Bangladesh now twice and West Indies once!#AfgvBan
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 5, 2018
Emphatic win again for Afghanistan. Does this help their ICC T20 ranking @mohanstatsman ?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 5, 2018
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) June 5, 2018
Rashid Khan's numbers are mind-boggling. Since his T20 debut he has taken more wickets than anyone (165). Of the bowlers to have taken 50+ wickets in that time no one has a lower economy rate than him (5.97) & only ten bowlers have a lower strike rate than him (15.6). #AfgvBan pic.twitter.com/XdojnMEKFt
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 5, 2018
Shakib Al Hasan changed the batting line-up to ensure only left-handers faced Rashid Khan. They did.
Only problem being – 3 out of Rashid's 4 wickets are left-handers.
This schoolboy theory is becoming too important a strategy. https://t.co/lAD7JX6ZJy
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) June 5, 2018
Bangladesh crushed in the T20 series as predicted.@rashidkhan_19 took 3-13 and 4-12 in the two games.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) June 5, 2018
4/12 in four overs for Rashid. Is there a better T20 bowler in the world right now? I don’t think so… #AFGvBAN
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 5, 2018