Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan derails Bangladesh in Dehradun's first international showdown

Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan derails Bangladesh in Dehradun’s first international showdown

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 45 runs.

Mohammad Shahzad
Afghanistan celebrates. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The stage was all set for the debut of yet another international venue in India. The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun looked pretty in its first international showdown. The Indian team did not feature in the game. Instead, it played the ‘home’ venue for team Afghanistan who took on Bangladesh in the marquee clash. The first of the three-match T20I series proved to be a very interesting contest for both the sides.

Bangladesh looked cruising towards the target at one stage in the game. The trump card of the hosts, Rashid Khan, was introduced in to the attack and the young leggie ended up taking two wickets on the first two deliveries that he bowled. This included the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim. Two quick wickets and the Afghanistani spinners got their hold back in the game. Soon, the ask became a little too much to overhaul for the fragile lower middle-order of the Bangladeshi side.

Earlier in the game, Bangladesh had won the toss and they opted to bowl first. The new ball bowlers failed to strike early in the game. Afghanistan openers, Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani added 63 runs for the first wicket. Rubel Hossain got the first breakthrough for Bangladesh when he dismissed Ghani on 26 in the 9th over. A couple of overs later, Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Shahzad on 40.

Skipper Asghar Stanikzai scored 25 before getting run out. A couple of more wickets fell in quick succession as the visitors senses control on the innings. A quick 18-ball 36 from Samiullah Shenwari and a rapid 8-ball 24 rom Shafiqullah Shafiq propelled the Afghanistan total to 167/8 in the stipulated 20 overs. In the run chase, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal on the very first ball of the match with Mujeeb Rahman striking early.

Liton Das (30) and Shakib Al Hasan (15) tried to steady the ship but could not get along for a long time. The story was same for Mushfiqur Rahim as well, who scored 20. Mohammad Nabi struck twice to dismiss Das and Shakib. And then, it was Rashid’s double strike that saw Mushfiqur and Sabbir Rahman head back to the pavilion.

The wickets continued to tumble as Mahmudullah held the fort from one end. Bangladesh could only manage 122 in overs before bundling out in the game. They lost by 45 runs. Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with 3/13 to his name.

Here is how the cricket world reacted to the match:

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