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 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, 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!
29 needed off 18 now.
Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Nazmul Islam [3.0-2-5-0] is back into the attack
The required run rate has snaked past 9 rpo
Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mosaddek Hossain to Stanikzai, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Stumping appeal. Rahim is confident and I think Shenwari is a goner. Yes, he is. Only just though but that's enough
Mosaddek Hossain, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
59 needed off 42, it's getting closer folks. Another bowling change, another spinner comes on
Shakib Al Hasan [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
The skipper brings himself back on.
Mahmudullah, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
While stopping that, Rubel seems to have hurt himself a bit. The physio is out there to check with the pacer. He's walking off the field.
Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rubel to Usman Ghani, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Halfway mark in the chase. Afghanistan have wickets in the bank but the required run rate is creeping and this doesn't seem to be a pitch where you can start blasting. Scoring against the older ball seems tougher
This is a pattern you generally see with these low scoring games. Afghanistan can take their time with this target but the required run rate has started to climb a bit. They cannot afford to take it easy just yet, need to break the game open earlier. Bangladesh still in the hunt.
Rubel Hossain [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Change of ends for Rubel
Run out referred upstairs. Great effort by Rony in his followthrough to fire the direct hit. Has Ghani reached it? Yes, comfortably as the dive saved him
Nazmul Islam [2.0-2-0-0] is back into the attack
Samiullah Shenwari, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Abu Hider to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Abu Hider Rony, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Rubel Hossain, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Nazmul Islam will open the attack