Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series win

Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series win

Dehradun, Jun 6 (UNI) Afghanistan lived up to their superior position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings, trumping Bangladesh for the second game in a row in their three-match Twenty20 global series to clinch it with a game in hand. Hence, once again, Afghanistan will look to annihilate the Bangladeshis in the final match of the series, thereby effecting a whitewash. Chasing the target of 135 runs, the Afghans managed to achieve it in 18.5 overs.

Rashid Khan is right up there with top spinners in world cricket, his SRH skipper Kane Williamson said eulogizing the Afghanistan teen sensation, who is bracing up for the challenge of Test cricket after an extremely successful IPL stint.

Earlier, Rashid ran amok in the 16th over of the Bangladesh innings, sending back Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan (3), a set Tamim Iqbal (43 off 48) and Mossadek Hossain (0) to leave Bangladesh gasping at 103 for seven.

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They are a far more experienced side in worldwide cricket than Afghanistan but there have been passages of play when they looked na ve and out of touch with the ever-changing world of T20 cricket. Mushfiqur scored a 37-ball 46 runs.

Rashid's last over, a mix of wrong'uns and leg-breaks that had the batsmen completely confused, was all the more miraculous since coming into the over it was Bangladesh who were in the ascendancy, a quintet of boundaries from Mushfiqur Rahim in the 19th having given the Tigers the intiative and reduced their target to single figures. After the win, an ecstatic Afghanistan exulted in joy, poking fun at the Bangladesh team's signature dance moves. Shakib even ensured that left handers didn't face Rashid Khan by bringing up massive changes in the batting order but ironically three of Rashid's four wickets were the left handers. Couple of wickets from Rubel and Mosaddek has increased the run-rate for Afghanistan. Opening batsmen Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani had made sure that their team got off to a solid start. Nazmul Islam restricted the Afghanistan from scoring big in the power-play with two maiden overs. The 2nd T20I match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh begins at 8:00 PM IST. Abu Jayed sent Ghani packing for 19 runs. Mosaddek grabbed two wickets for 21.

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