The red ball holds a new challenge for them, but for now, the night belongs to Afghanistan. What a fantastic Test side this could potentially become! Bangladesh, on the other hand, have some tough questions to answer as their batting line-up, known to dominate spin, has been found wanting against the Mujeeb-Rash duo. So that's that folks! This is an entranced Rishi Roy, bidding you good night on behalf of Akshay Maanay and Raju Peethala! Stay tuned to Cricbuzz for the latest in cricket, always. Ciao!
Stanikzai receives the trophy for Afghanistan, and the rest of the team joins him up on the podium! There are 7 days left for the entire Afghanistan XI to make their Test debuts, and they have a made a good start, by clean-sweeping a Test-playing nation comprehensively in the subcontinent (albeit, with the white ball).
Stanikzai: It was a great preparation for the Test (against India). If you can beat a Test playing team even in T20, it automatically increases the morale. The boys did really well. When the team is in form, everything seems to go really well. Thanks to the CM. I thank the crowd who made the ground beautiful and I really appreciate the noise you made in this series.
Shakib: We were better than the first two games. But disappointing the way we played this series and we need to come up with better plans. We restricted them to a reasonable total. We are a good enough batting side to chase that, but in the middle overs we conceded too much and that costed us. Mushfiq and Mahmudullah did really well, but we need to know how to close it off. They have some quality spinners and they were the better side on the night.
Rashid Khan, Man of the Series: Quite happy with the performance, and the best part is that we won. I'm focused on looking at the positives, and thankfully it worked out for me. The ball was gripping a little, and if I bowled in the good length area, it was turning quite a bit. I just try to bowl googlies and leg-breaks and enjoy the game, and enjoy every ball I bowl. In the last one year, I have tried to stay fit, and improve upon my fitness, which has changed everything. I have managed to contribute in the field, with ball and bat. Thanks to the crowd for coming out here and supporting us.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Man of the Match: We knew how the wicket would behave and we knew it was going to difficult on this track. We were few runs short in the final overs; you can't expect 20-odd runs to be made in the second-last over. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they played well. It's disheartening because even though we lost the series, we were playing for pride. I think 145+ was a par score, especially with a bowling attack like Afghanistan. They exploited the surface very well, and they did well overall in the entire series. Mahmudullah and I managed to build a partnership, but we needed a few more boundaries I think. Even off the last ball, it could have gone either way, but I think these things happen in cricket and we'll look to come back stronger next time.
A pitch that was true first up, but started to slow down during the course of the first innings, allowed Afghanistan to compile 145 with a great deal of character. Bangladesh started off poorly, as they once again struggled against Mujeeb and Nabi, and stooped to their lowest when they managed two identical run-outs in an over. It all looked bleak for the Tigers, until Mushy, their great warrior, bludgeoned five consecutive boundaries in the penultimate over and managed 21 off the over, to bring the equation down to 9 off 6. But Stanikzai had an ace up his sleeve: the world's number one T20I bowler. But the UFF (Unidentified Flying Fielder. Edit: It was Shafiqullah Shafiq) stole the show, and we are still trying to figure out who it was. Saved the game by literally an inch, as even the great Rashid almost conceded a six off the last ball. Spare a thought for Ariful Haque, who nearly pulled off a last-ball six, and missed his knighthood by a kitten's whisker. And of course, for Mushy... Need I say more?
23:35 Local Time: What an extraordinary game of cricket! Bangladesh, a Test playing nation that is yet to come of age, and another nation that is yet to play its first Test. And they have managed to produce a thriller for the ages in Dehradun. After all the wild celebrations from the Afghanistan players, they gather themselves to take a walk around the ground to appreciate the support they have got throughout the series.
Rashid Khan to A Haque, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Four off one! The field spreads out.
Equation: 8 off 4
Ariful Haque, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Can Rashid defend 9 off 6? This is a thriller in Dehradun! Rashid Khan, the number 1 T20I bowler in the world up against the genius of Mushy!
Karim Janat [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
Equation: 33 to win off 18. Or as my esteemed colleague Vineet would call it, "requirement for Nagin dance".
Rash is back, presumably to bowl overs 16, 18 and 20. RAJR is 11 now.
Aftab Alam [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
Mohammad Nabi [3.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Karim Janat [2.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
Breaking: King Rash into the attack! 86 to win from 60, is the equation. One slip in.
Mohammad Nabi [2.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Mahmudullah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Karim Janat to Shakib, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Aftab Alam [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Karim Janat, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Another excellent powerplay for Afghanistan. They have not allowed Bangladesh to take off and more importantly have picked up three wickets. Up to these two now to shepherd the innings and avoid the whitewash.
Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Nabi to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Nabi to Liton Das, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Slip in for Sarkar
Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Soumya Sarkar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mujeeb to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Aftab Alam, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Liton Das and Tamim are at the crease. Liton Das is on strike. Mujeeb will open the attack