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Afghanistan vs Bangladesh - 1st T20I

Series: Afghanistan v Bangladesh in India, 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Date: 03 June 2018

Bangladesh 122/10 (19 Ovs) RR: 6.42 | Afghanistan won by 45 runs

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That's all for today. Bangladesh will have to bounce back immediately if they are to keep the series alive. Until next time, it's goodbye from Sagar Chawla on behalf of Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Naga.

Rashid Khan, MoM: It was about keeping everything simple, what I've done in last two-three months. I don't have any specific plan. I keep it simple. Just to bowl little bit back of length, not too full. I'm just enjoying myself, that is the key thing. It was a good surface, ball was gripping, little bit dew was there. We have just played T20 League. That's the biggest stage. If you perform well there, it gives you the confidence.

Stanikzai, Afghanistan captain: Every series the first game is very important. Today, our batsmen played very well. That was enough runs on this wicket. I know my bowlers. Which time they will be good to bowl. Conditions were good for us. Want to thank the crowd.

Shakib, Bangladesh captain: Generally we bowled well, except for the last four overs which cost us the match. Giving away those many runs was not ideal. We have lot to do. Need to sit down and look at the areas which we need to improve. They're a good side, and they outplayed us in all three departments. Overall we have so many areas which we need to look at. When you're chasing 170-odd runs, you need to bat well. Credit to them the way they bowled. They've got some quality spinners.

23:23 Local Time, 17:53 GMT, 23:23 IST: Another game turned on its head by Afghanistan's spin wizard. Bangladesh were in control at 80/3 at the halfway mark, before Rashid Khan was introduced. With his first ball, he made Mushfiqur Rahim pay for his ludicrous reverse-sweep. With his second, he bamboozled Sabbir Rahman with a googly, and that was it for Bangladesh who couldn't find it within them to recover. Of course, it was Afghanistan's late dash with the bat, plundering 52 runs in the last three overs, which allowed Stanikzai to hold Rashid back for the final ten overs and didn't allow Bangladesh the liberty to just play him off.

18.6
0
Karim Janat to Abu Jayed, out Caught by Rashid Khan!! Rashid Khan finishes the turnaround that he started. Takes a brilliant catch at cover to seal this first T20I for Afghanistan. Full toss outside off, sliced wide of cover where Rashid leaps to his left, stretches out both of his hands and pockets it. Abu Jayed c Rashid Khan b Karim Janat 1(4)

Karim Janat to Abu Jayed, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.5
0
Karim Janat to Abu Jayed, no run, slower ball on leg-stump, brushes Jayed's thigh pad on the way to the keeper
18.4
0
Karim Janat to Abu Jayed, no run, short ball, Jayed ducks under it
18.3
1
Karim Janat to Nazmul Islam, 1 run, high full toss, Islam flaps his front foot pull down to long-on
18.2
1
Karim Janat to Abu Jayed, 1 run, squeezed out to mid-wicket
18.1
1
Karim Janat to Nazmul Islam, 1 run

Karim Janat [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

Abu Jayed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.6
0
Shapoor to Rubel, out Bowled!! He has broken the leg stump in two. Sharp length ball from round the wicket, Rubel swings across the line and misses. A part of the leg-stump stays rooted to the ground, while the other one flies off. Nine down. Rubel b Shapoor 0(1)

Shapoor to Rubel, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

17.5
1
Shapoor to Nazmul Islam, 1 run, punched down to long-on

Rubel Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.4
0
Shapoor to Mahmudullah, out Caught by Usman Ghani!! Short of length outside off, Mahmudullah throws his bat at it only to get a thick top-edge. There are three fielders trying to get under it, at the end of which Ghani comes out trumps despite a nudge from keeper Shahzad as he collided with him. Some playful shoving in celebration. Mahmudullah c Usman Ghani b Shapoor 29(25) [4s-3 6s-1]

Shapoor to Mahmudullah, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.3
1
Shapoor to Nazmul Islam, 1 run, delivers a low full toss at the stumps, flicked away behind square

Nazmul Islam, left handed bat, comes to the crease

17.2
0
Shapoor to Abul Hasan, out Bowled!! Yorks him, knocks the leg-stump over and just turns back in anger does Shapoor. Cracking delivery. Hasan was totally beaten for pace as the ball slipped under him. Abul Hasan b Shapoor 5(3) [4s-1]

Shapoor to Abul Hasan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

17.1
4
Shapoor to Abul Hasan, FOUR, short of length on off, hurries Hasan on his pull but Shapoor encounters such cruel luck that the top-edge whistles over the keeper's head

Shapoor Zadran [3.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack

16.6
4
Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, FOUR, quick and flat outside off, turns away from a back of length, and Mahmudullah slices it wide of short third man. Finishes the over with a boundary
16.5
0
Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, no run, opens himself up for a leg-side heave, but doesn't pick the googly at all. He's startled as the ball rips in, beating him by a long way before deflecting off the pad towards short fine
16.4
1
Rashid Khan to Abul Hasan, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, Hasan meekly flicks it through mid-wicket

Abul Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

16.3
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, out Caught by Usman Ghani!! If there was a delivery to be slog-swept, this was it. But Hossain miscues it straight down the lap of long-on. The length of this googly was ideal to get under, but he gets it far too close to the bottom, and probably off the inside half as well. Mosaddek Hossain c Usman Ghani b Rashid Khan 14(23) [4s-1]

Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.2
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, flat leg-break on middle, Hossain defends it back down the pitch
16.1
1
Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, swats this googly away through mid-wicket, only for one

Rashid Khan [2.0-0-7-2] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Mujeeb to Mahmudullah, 1 run, Mahmudullah tries to put Mujeeb off his length by using his feet, but he's instead met with a delivery which is fired in quick and further shortened. Mahmudullah still looks to biff it down the ground, and is lucky that his timing is so horrible, that it falls well short of long-on
15.5
1
Mujeeb to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, again, it's on that back of length which is hard to slog. Hossain chops it to point for one
15.4
1
Mujeeb to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of a length skidder at the stumps, clipped through mid-wicket
15.3
0
Mujeeb to Mahmudullah, no run, misses out on the slog-sweep. The length was there from Mujeeb, but the problem was that Mahmudullah had to fetch it from pretty wide of off. Fails to do so
15.2
0
Mujeeb to Mahmudullah, no run, darted in on a back of length, zips through sharply towards Mahmudullah who offers a lot of respect and defends
15.1
1
Mujeeb to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, back of a length on off, Hossain hands it over to Mahmudullah by working this through mid-wicket

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

14.6
6
Shapoor to Mahmudullah, SIX, it's got to be him. If there's anyone capable of doing it for Bangladesh, it's Mahmudullah. Picks the off-cutter early, clears his front leg and lofts it over the wide long-off boundary
14.5
1
Shapoor to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, chopped to the left of backward point. Bit risky with the running but the fielder takes a little too much time
14.4
0
Shapoor to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, dipping full toss outside off, driven straight to cover. That was begging to be put away, but Hossain has missed out
14.3
1
Shapoor to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket. Singles just won't do it for them
14.2
1
Shapoor to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, dances down this time, and in response, Shapoor shortens his length outside off. Hossain gets off strike by cutting it down to third man
14.1
0
Shapoor to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Hossain is beaten by the skid of the ball as he looks to cut. He's struggling out there and this game is slipping away from Bangladesh

Shapoor Zadran [2.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

13.6
1
Nabi to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, fired in full outside off, Hossain jams it in front of cover and takes the single to keep strike, which Afghanistan wouldn't mind
13.5
0
Nabi to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, can't get this away either. Flat length ball on leg, Hossain works it behind square, looks for a single but is sent back. Third umpire called in to check whether Hossain made it back in time, which he did
13.4
0
Nabi to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, fires in a low full toss on off, Hossain plays it straight to short mid-wicket again
13.3
0
Nabi to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, turned to short mid-wicket
13.2
2
Nabi to Mosaddek Hossain, 2 runs, darted in on a back of length outside off, Hossain plays this nicely. He skips away to make room and dabs it delicately behind backward point. Only two though
13.1
1
Nabi to Mahmudullah, 1 run, driven down to long-on

Mohammad Nabi [3.0-0-18-2] is back into the attack

12.6
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, steered to point. Just the one run off the over. Required rate jumps to 11
12.5
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, back of a length, zips away outside off, Hossain punches it back to Rashid
12.4
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, now beats him on the outside edge with the leg-break. Hossain's forward defence is foiled yet again
12.3
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, the wrong 'un snakes in and hits Hossain on the pad, but although he didn't pick it, he got a nice stride across which may have taken him outside the line of off. Looked a bit high too
12.2
1
Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, Mahmudullah has enough time to read it off the back foot. Punches it down to long-on
12.1
0
Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, no run, prods forward, picks the googly and defends
11.6
1
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, 1 run, off-cutter on middle, Mahmudullah clips it through mid-wicket. Only one
11.5
1
Karim Janat to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, back of a length on middle, probably an off-cutter, Hossain turns it to short fine leg
11.4
1
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, awkwardly jabbed out to mid-off. Scampers through for one
11.3
0
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, no run, yorker at the stumps, jammed out to mid-off
11.2
0
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, no run, yorker on off, squeezes it out to cover
11.1
1
Karim Janat to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, flicked down to fine leg

Karim Janat [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, 1 run, leg-break on a good length on off, Hossain defends with the turn in front of backward point for a quick single
10.5
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, defended to point
10.4
4
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, FOUR, back of length on middle and leg, Hossain somehow gets it away pretty fine. Excellently played. Just a fine tickle for four
10.3
0
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, no run, pushed through on off, this leg-break squares Hossain up. He does well to adjust though and steers it with an open face to backward point
10.3
1
Rashid Khan to Mosaddek Hossain, wide, another googly, but gets his radar wrong. Slips down the leg-side

Mosaddek Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Slip, short leg, leg-slip for the hat-trick ball

10.2
0
Rashid Khan to Sabbir Rahman, out Lbw!! Two in two for Rashid as he begins to turn another game around. Rahman didn't pick this googly. He was stuck in the crease to the ball which zipped in from a length and smashed him low on the pad. Absolutely plumb. Sabbir Rahman lbw b Rashid Khan 0(1)

Rashid Khan to Sabbir Rahman, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Sabbir Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.1
0
Rashid Khan to Rahim, out Bowled!! Mind-boggling batting from Rahim. Just unbelievable. First ball from Rashid, and he looks to go for the reverse-sweep. Rashid's extra fizz takes the ball through him before he knows it. Ridiculous shot. Rahim b Rashid Khan 20(17) [4s-1]

Rashid Khan to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Right, Rashid. Slip in place

9.6
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, tucks it through square leg
9.5
1
Nabi to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, sliced away through point
9.4
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, works it off the pads through square leg
9.3
1
Nabi to Mahmudullah, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on
9.2
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, dabs this back of length delivery to backward point
9.1
0
Nabi to Mahmudullah, no run, absolute screamer from Rashid Khan. The umpires are getting together, and well, the soft signal is not out. Rashid's reaction though suggests he's completely confident. Swept off a thick top-edge, the ball was always dying on Rashid as he ran forward from long leg. He slid forward and plucked it very close to the ground. Now then, the replays aren't very clear. After using the zoomer, you get the feeling that it may have touched the grass. Not completely conclusive. So the third umpire will have to stick with the onfield call
8.6
1
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, 1 run, nudges this slower ball to mid-wicket
8.5
4
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, FOUR, gives the charge and crashes this length ball through extra-cover. Beauty of a shot. It wasn't the ideal length for him as he stepped out, but Mahmudullah still nails his drive on the up
8.4
4
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, FOUR, short of length at the body, slightly stops on Mahmudullah but he waits for it and then gets the pull away to the long leg boundary
8.3
0
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, no run, back of a length on off, jabbed to short mid-wicket
8.2
0
Karim Janat to Mahmudullah, no run, fuller than a good length just outside off, defensively punched to cover
8.1
1
Karim Janat to Rahim, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, steered down to third man

Mahmudullah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.6
0
Nabi to Liton Das, out Lbw!! Given. Das goes for the reverse-hit again, but he's third time unlucky. Fails to connect with this length ball and gets pinned in front of off. Looks a bit high though. Nevertheless, much needed for Afghanistan. Liton Das lbw b Nabi 30(20) [4s-3 6s-1]

Nabi to Liton Das, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

7.5
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, top-edged sweep, Shapoor jumps at short fine leg, fails to hold onto the overhead catch. Gets another chance as he's falling down, but the rebound pops out as well
7.4
1
Nabi to Liton Das, 1 run, darted in short outside off, Das leans back and flat-bats it down the ground to long-off
7.3
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, softly played round the corner
7.2
1
Nabi to Liton Das, 1 run, punches it down to long-on
7.1
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, flat on middle, turned through mid-wicket

Mohammad Nabi [1.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack

6.6
1
Karim Janat to Rahim, 1 run, good length ball just outside off, punched on the rise through point
6.5
1
Karim Janat to Liton Das, 1 run, back of a length slower ball on leg, glanced wide of short fine leg
6.5
1
Karim Janat to Liton Das, wide, banged in way too short, sails over Das's head
6.4
1
Karim Janat to Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on off, pats it in front of point for a quick single
6.3
4
Karim Janat to Rahim, FOUR, advances down, converts it into a half-volley and flays it over cover. Bangladesh on the move
6.2
1
Karim Janat to Liton Das, 1 run, back of a length at the stumps, blocked down towards mid-on
6.1
1
Karim Janat to Rahim, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, steered down to third man

Karim Janat, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

5.6
1
Shapoor to Rahim, 1 run, short of length on middle, climbs on Rahim and gives him a rap on the glove as he tries to fend it off
5.5
1
Shapoor to Liton Das, leg byes, 1 run, short of length on leg, cramps Das up on the pull and he has to wear it on the body
5.4
4
Shapoor to Liton Das, FOUR, this slower ball goes totally awry for Shapoor. Ends up as a juicy full toss outside off, duly punished by Das as he slaps it through point
5.3
6
Shapoor to Liton Das, SIX, swings through the line of this full ball, clears the ropes. Just the length he was waiting for to get things going for Bangladesh
5.2
2
Shapoor to Liton Das, 2 runs, short of length on off, Das mistimes his pull - probably from high on the bat - but still collects a couple after getting it in front of square
5.1
1
Shapoor to Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on off, clips it through mid-wicket

Shapoor Zadran [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

4.6
0
Mujeeb to Liton Das, no run, thick outside edge rolls to Shapoor at short third man who is a bit apprehensive of the impending spin on the ball and falls backwards as he stops it. Good work in the end
4.5
2
Mujeeb to Liton Das, 2 runs, looks for the reverse-hit again, this time it balloons off a thick top-edge but clears Shapoor at short third man. The tall pacer does well to haul it back in
4.4
1
Mujeeb to Rahim, 1 run, flat and quick on leg, clipped through the on-side
4.3
2
Mujeeb to Rahim, 2 runs, slipping down the leg-side, Rahim tickles it away fine for two
4.2
1
Mujeeb to Liton Das, 1 run, fired into the pads, softly played through mid-wicket. They think about the second but it's not on
4.1
4
Mujeeb to Liton Das, FOUR, moves into position quickly and swats the reverse-hit away over backward point. This ball was on a good length, giving Das enough space for a clean swing
3.6
1
Nabi to Liton Das, 1 run, darted in on the pads, Das nudges it through mid-wicket
3.5
1
Nabi to Rahim, 1 run, knocked away through mid-wicket
3.5
1
Nabi to Rahim, wide, fired down the leg-side

Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.4
0
Nabi to Shakib, out Caught by Mohammad Shahzad!! Top-edged and taken. Shahzad shows off his moves after completing the catch. It's a big wicket this, and it's been brought about by Bangladesh's inability to get ahead of the rate in this powerplay. Shakib tries to take the attack to Nabi, but picks the wrong ball for the slog-sweep. It was too far wide of off, so he had to really stretch out for it. In doing so, all he can do is lob it off the top-edge for the keeper to complete the catch. Shakib c Mohammad Shahzad b Nabi 15(15) [4s-2]

Nabi to Shakib, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.3
2
Nabi to Shakib, 2 runs, didn't get to the pitch of the ball in order to nail this loft over mid-on, but gets enough on it to lift it over the infield. Good work from Najibullah, as he runs across from long-off and dives to stop it
3.2
1
Nabi to Liton Das, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, works it through mid-wicket
3.1
1
Nabi to Shakib, 1 run, darted in on leg, glanced in front of short fine leg. They take Shapoor on, a direct-hit would've been close at the striker's end

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

2.6
1
Mujeeb to Shakib, 1 run, taps this in front of cover for a quick one
2.5
0
Mujeeb to Shakib, no run, nudged into the on-side
2.4
0
Mujeeb to Shakib, no run, looks to back away and cut, but fails to connect
2.3
4
Mujeeb to Shakib, FOUR, muscled away through mid-wicket. Mujeeb was clever here in following Shakib down the leg-side, but he erred a bit on the shorter side, and that was enough for Shakib to free his arms on the pull
2.2
0
Mujeeb to Shakib, no run, backs away, mistimes the flat-batted drive to cover
2.1
0
Mujeeb to Shakib, no run, snaking in from round the wicket, chopped back to the keeper
1.6
1
Shapoor to Shakib, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, cuts it gently to the left of third man
1.5
4
Shapoor to Shakib, FOUR, walks across the stumps, picks up a length ball from the line of off and whips it away past short fine leg
1.4
1
Shapoor to Liton Das, 1 run, clipped away off the hips down to fine leg
1.3
4
Shapoor to Liton Das, FOUR, what timing on this from Das. Stunning. Back of length outside off, he merely steers it off the back foot, opens the bat-face to find the gap and it races away through point
1.2
1
Shapoor to Shakib, 1 run, short-arm pull from Shakib as he gets this delivery away to deep square leg
1.1
0
Shapoor to Shakib, no run, length ball on off, punched to cover

Shapoor Zadran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Mujeeb to Liton Das, no run, driven back to the bowler
0.5
0
Mujeeb to Liton Das, no run, beaten on the outside edge again
0.4
0
Mujeeb to Liton Das, no run, turning away from the right-hander, makes him reach out and then beats him
0.3
1
Mujeeb to Shakib, 1 run, too full from Mujeeb, Shakib drills it straight back. Good work there by Mujeeb to get his hand out for the half-stop
0.2
0
Mujeeb to Shakib, no run, too close to cut, Shakib gets cramped as he chops it to point

Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

0.1
0
Mujeeb to Tamim, out Lbw!! Gone first ball. Tamim got himself into an ugly little tangle there, originally intending to sweep the ball but then changing his mind and settling on a forward defence. This delivery landed on a length from round the wicket, and then skidded on with the arm to beat him on the inside. It hits him right on the back leg. No doubt for the umpire. Tamim lbw b Mujeeb 0(1)

Mujeeb to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Tamim and Liton Das are at the crease. Tamim is on strike. Mujeeb will open the attack