Rashid, Nabi guide Afghanistan to a famous series win
Spin sensation Rashid Khan took four wickets to help Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second T20I in Dehradun on Tuesday and wrap up a series victory with one to spare.
Rashid returned superb figures of 4-12 in his four overs as Afghanistan restricted Bangladesh to 134/8 in their 20 overs.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was the top-scorer for the Tigers with 43 but he received little support from the rest of the top-order.
Mushfiqur Rahim added 22 but the Bangladesh batting effort collapsed to 108/8 thanks to Rashid’s magical spell.
Abu Hider, batting at number nine, at least gave theTigers’ bowlers something to bowl as he added some late runs with an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls.
Besides Rashid, the off-spin of Mohammad Nabi also caused Bangladesh problems as the slow-bowler took 2-19 in his four overs.
To their credit, Bangladesh came back strongly with the ball in a bid to still save the three-match series.
Samiullah Shenwari hit 49 for Afghanistan but progress was initially slow with the bat as Usman Ghani soaked up 31 balls for his 21.
Mosaddek Hossain (2-121 in 3 overs) and Hider (1-14 in three overs) were the Tigers bowlers who stuck to their disciplines to make a game of it.
In the end it came down to Afghanistan needing 20 from the last two overs and Nabi stepped up to plate to deliver, taking all the runs off penultimate over bowled by Hider.
Nabi was unbeaten on 31 as Afghanistan won with an over to spare to clinch an historic series win.
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