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Afghanistan vs Bangladesh - 2nd T20I

Series: Afghanistan v Bangladesh in India, 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Date & Time: 05 June 2018

Afghanistan 135/4 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 7.17 | Afghanistan won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Shahzad lbw Abu Hiderlbw Abu Hider241841
Usman Ghani c Soumya Sarkar & b Rubelc Soumya Sarkar & b Rubel213110
Samiullah Shenwari bowled Mosaddek Hossainbowled Mosaddek Hossain494123
Asghar Stanikzai stumped Mosaddek Hossainstumped Mosaddek Hossain4800
Mohammad Nabi Not OutNot Out311532
Shafiqullah Shafiq Not OutNot Out0000
Najibullah Zadran dnbdnb0000
Rashid Khan dnbdnb0000
Karim Janat dnbdnb0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Shapoor Zadran dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 2, w 4, nb 0)
Total 135 (4 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
38-1 (Mohammad Shahzad,5.4), 57-2 (Usman Ghani,10.3), 79-3 (Asghar Stanikzai,13.4), 115-4 (Samiullah Shenwari,17.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Nazmul Islam4 2 14 0 3.50
Shakib Al Hasan4 0 37 0 9.25
Rubel Hossain3.5 0 38 1 10.86
Abu Hider Rony3 0 14 1 4.67
Mahmudullah1 0 9 0 9.00
Mosaddek Hossain3 0 21 2 7.00
Tamim Iqbal0 0 0 0 0
Liton Das0 0 0 0 0
Soumya Sarkar0 0 0 0 0
Mushfiqur Rahim0 0 0 0 0
Sabbir Rahman0 0 0 0 0


Another Afghanistan victory, another Rashid Khan special. Doesn't he get bored of this? Incredible form he is in for a while now and let's see if any team/batsman can come up with a successful plan to counter him. The other big name, Nabi, also showed his class tonight and that means that the final game of the series will be a dead rubber. Bangladesh will hope to salvage some pride while the Afghanistan boys will want to keep the momentum going and affect a whitewash. Hope you enjoyed all the coverage tonight. This is Hariprasad signing off on behalf of Akshay and Raju. Goodnight folks!

Rashid Khan, Man of the Match: (On his consistency) The team expects this from me and I try to do to the best of abilities, in bowling as well as fielding and batting. (Regarding bowling in pressure situations) I used to bowl after 11 overs before also, that was the plan and I was mentally ready to bowl in the middle and also in the death overs. The idea was to bowl that back of a length and put pressure on the batsmen. (On his triple-strike) It was a crucial time to take their wickets, we know how good they are. Just kept things simple and it worked. Thanks to the crowd for their support in the two games. Hope to see the same for the third game as well.

Asghar Stanikzai: We know our strengths, especially in T20I in both batting and bowling. They showed their class, we knew the spinners would enjoy the pitch and they helped us seize the momentum. Thank you very much, thanks to all the fans for coming here and making us feel like playing in Kabul.

Shakib Al Hasan: I thought we bowled and fielded well. We were 15-20 runs short, kept losing wickets after the good start we had. They kept the pressure on us in the middle overs and we lost wickets. Couldn't get to a good score and that's where the match was lost. He (Rashid) bowled really well, both the games. They've got some world class spinners and they're doing their job. We need to come up with better plans against them. They (Bangladeshi bowlers) executed their plan well today, overall we bowled really well. In these kind of pitches, 135 is hard to defend but the credit goes to the boys for trying hard.

Time for the presentations.

23:09 Local Time: What a frenetic finish! These low-scoring chases can often backfire for the chasing side if they take things too lightly and it nearly happened for Afghanistan. Their top three took their time, especially Ghani on a sluggish pitch as the Bangladesh bowlers stuck to their task despite not having enough runs on the board. The required run rate started to climb and one got the feeling that Afghanistan were digging themselves into a hole. However, Shenwari, promoted to number 3 started the attack towards the slog overs and then it was Nabi, who held his nerve to clinically complete the chase with seven balls to spare. Bangladesh would rue their batting performance, they were about 15-20 short and that made all the difference eventually.

Rubel to Nabi, SIX, Nabi finishes it off in style! What a blitzkrieg from the seasoned all-rounder! We thought this would go down to the wire but he had other ideas. Went bang, bang, bang to end the game in a flash. Slightly back of a length, this delivery, Nabi just backs away and flat-bats it into the skies. Very high but also comfortably over the ropes straight down the ground. Afghanistan seal the series
Rubel to Nabi, FOUR, slashed away! Nabi wants to finish this in a hurry. Shortish and this is the normal pace delivery, he backs away to slice it easily over short third man. Just 6 needed now!
Rubel to Nabi, no run, slower and short, Nabi is caught by surprise as he sways away from the line
Rubel to Nabi, SIX, this has been smashed over cow corner! Cometh the hour, cometh the man, Nabi. He's taken the sting out of this chase with just two shots. Length ball, allows him to swing across the line and he makes cracking contact to clear the ropes. Top stroke! 10 off 10 needed now!
Rubel to Nabi, FOUR, nonchalance from Nabi! How coolly has he struck this. Backs away a touch and Rubel responds by going full, drilled straight over the bowler's head. One bounce into the fence. Perfect start to the over for Afghanistan

Rubel Hossain [3.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack

Shafiqullah Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease

20 needed off 12. Massive over coming up. Unless Bangladesh can pick a wicket, I guess Afghanistan can wrest control of the chase.

Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, out Bowled!! Huge shout from Mosaddek, he has his revenge and it's a big wicket. Floated up very full on middle and off, Shenwari wanted to repeat the previous lofted stroke but couldn't get under it. The ball just brushed the bail en route to Rahim. The umpires just wanted to confirm whether it was actually a bowled dismissal, replays confirm it with ease. Has the wicket come too late for Bangladesh though? Shenwari b Mosaddek Hossain 49(41) [4s-2 6s-3]

Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

This is bizarre. Shenwari seems to be bowled and is already walking as well. The umpires want to check it though, just to be sure. Clearly gone!

Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, SIX, it's Shenwari's night, that's for sure. Another powerful strike into the stands. It was fired well outside off, he still managed to fetch it and mauled it with some serious power. Comfortably over long-on
Mosaddek Hossain to Nabi, 1 run, another mistimed hoick. On the shorter side and Nabi goes hard at it. Drags it to deep mid-wicket
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, 1 run, uppish but doesn't carry to long-on. Flattish and short, Shenwari's flat-batted hit doesn't have the required elevation
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, no run, massive LBW appeal! Not given. Probably just spun a bit too much. Fullish off break and Shenwari could not connect the sweep, pinged on the pads. Rahim and Mosaddek shrieked as much as they could in the appeal, doesn't go their way
Mosaddek Hossain to Nabi, 1 run, flatter and dragged short, Nabi was down the track for the slog. Mistimes it to long-on

29 needed off 18 now.

Shakib to Shenwari, FOUR, innovative stuff from Shenwari and he finds the fence. That'll do nicely for Afghanistan, these two are slowly starting to gain control of this chase. Goes for the reverse paddle scoop, it's predetermined but he still manages to pull it off. Not exactly off the middle, doesn't matter as it clears short third man comfortably
Shakib to Shenwari, no run, another bottom-edge, almost a replica of the previous ball. Shenwari wanted to cut it away but could only drag it back to the bowler
Shakib to Shenwari, no run, wanted to cut this away but it skids off the track and forced a bottom edge that rolls to cover
Shakib to Shenwari, 2 runs, flatter and around middle, powered away by that strong bottom-hand through mid-wicket. In the gap and another brace
Shakib to Nabi, 1 run, Nabi wanted the second run but Shenwari isn't interested. Steps down the track to whip this away, Shakib adjusted by shortening the length. Clipped towards mid-wicket
Shakib to Shenwari, 1 run, thrown up invitingly outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, 1 run, sliding in from outside off, cutting it away towards sweeper cover
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, SIX, that's a cracking shot! He was slightly off balance while playing this shot, doesn't matter as he has too much power. Fractionally short, Shenwari sits back and clouts the pull over deep backward square leg. Afghanistan just need one boundary an over from here, they are getting it for the moment
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, no run, tries to be too cheeky, does Shenwari but misses. Tries the paddle scoop and it's predetermined, doesn't get the length and misses
Mosaddek Hossain to Nabi, 1 run, in the air....just short of long-on. Flatter on a good length, Nabi looks to flat-bat it in the air but couldn't quite get the leverage
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, 1 run, quicker and around middle, whipped away towards deep mid-wicket
Mosaddek Hossain to Shenwari, no run, huge appeal for LBW, Rahim is extremely confident but not given. Sliding down leg. Quicker off break and Shenwari was on the back foot for the pull. Couldn't connect
Nazmul Islam to Shenwari, 1 run, pushed through quicker, Shenwari sits back and works it towards deep mid-wicket
Nazmul Islam to Nabi, 1 run, tossed up around middle and off, chipped aerially down the ground to long-on
Nazmul Islam to Nabi, no run, slows it down considerably, keeps it on middle and off. Nabi backed away a bit but was forced to defend
Nazmul Islam to Nabi, FOUR, good batting, didn't try to overhit this, just chose his spot well. Too straight in line and full as well, Nabi just connects the sweep and gets it well wide of short fine leg. Rahim isn't amused with the delivery
Nazmul Islam to Shenwari, 1 run, attacks the stumps with a quicker slider, flicked away through square leg
Nazmul Islam to Shenwari, wide, fired flat and well outside off, too wide though as Shenwari makes a leave
Nazmul Islam to Nabi, 1 run, soft leading edge but well past Nazmul and it rolls down to long-on. Floated up around middle and leg, Nabi wanted to flick it away but couldn't control it

Nazmul Islam [3.0-2-5-0] is back into the attack

The required run rate has snaked past 9 rpo

Mosaddek Hossain to Nabi, 1 run, quicker this time but again on that good length, Nabi punches it down to long-on to get off the mark
Mosaddek Hossain to Nabi, no run, slower off break on a good length, punched off the back foot towards mid-wicket

Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Mosaddek Hossain to Stanikzai, out Stumped!! The skipper departs. Wanted to force the pace against the part-time spinner and as it happens so often in such scenarios, it's the bowler who emerges victorious. Was a false shot to be honest, floated up nicely but Stanikzai had to fetch it from well outside off. He just went down the track and tried slogging across the line. Missed and Rahim did the rest. Wasn't as easy a stumping as I thought in normal motion but Bangladesh have another big wicket. Stanikzai st Rahim b Mosaddek Hossain 4(8)

Mosaddek Hossain to Stanikzai, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!


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