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04-Jun-2018 03:14:00 GMT
Afg vs Ban - 1st T20I, Dehradun

Afghanistan go up 1-0 with thumping win

Dehradun: A Bangladesh defeat looked inevitable. after a late surge from the Afghanistan batsmen had seen them post 167 runs on the board in the first of three T20Is in Dehradun.

168 of the 20 overs of the Bangla chase were to be bowled by three of the best spinners in the business, and on a track best suited for their trickeries.

The trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and the man of the hour Rashid Khan had their plans in place.

The former, who might've taken out a leaf or two from his Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin's book on how to control the new ball, was at it from the word go.

Opener Tamim Iqbal fell prey to Mujeeb on the very first ball of the chase. The 17-year-old's next five deliveries cost just the solitary run and the following six cost five more - the youngster's job was done. He had built a platform for both of his senior teammates, who then launched themselves into the Bangladesh batting line-up and tore through them.

Nabi, the seniormost of the trio, bagged the second and third Bangla wicket - that of skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das, who was gradually upping the ante. The 33-year-old controlled the middle overs perfectly, allowing Rashid to blow the opposition away in the second half of the chase.

Brief scores:
Afghanistan 167 for 8 (Shahzad 40, Shenwari 36, Mahmudullah 2-1) beat Bangladesh 122 (Liton 30, Mahmudullah 29, Rashid 3-13, Zadran 3-40) by 45 runs

The packed Rajiv Gandhi Stadium was reverberating with chants of 'Rashid Rashid' as the leg-spinner came on to bowl and two wickets on his first two deliveries sent the Dehradun crowd into a frenzy. Rashid had done what he does best - torment the opposition and force them into submission.

The combination of two finger-spinners and a wrist-spinner was too hot to handle for the Bangladeshis as the trio picked six of the ten Bangla wickets. The leggie, who is probably the best spinner in the sport right now, was deservedly named player of the match for his spell of 3-0-13-3.


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