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Afghanistan seal whitewash over Bangladesh

Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Afghanistan vs Bangladesh
Noah Ferguson | 10 June, 2018, 23:42

Spin sensation Rashid Khan bowled an excellent last over to help Afghanistan eke out a thrilling one-run win over Bangladesh and complete a series whitewash in the third Twenty20 global Thursday.

The series already in its bag, Afghanistan wasted a good start to be restricted to a modest 145 for six by Bangladesh in the third and final T20 worldwide, here today. Afghanistan lost the first wicket at 38 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim (22) and Abu Hider (21 not out) were the only other batsmen to cross 20, but the innings moved at a run rate of 6.7, not fast enough for a team looking to stay alive in the series. The lack of runs from two of their most experienced stars - Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim - have hurt the tourists the most. Tamim Iqbal also found life hard in the middle. It boiled down to Ariful Haque needing to hit a boundary off the last ball of the match. In his next over, Rashid had Soumya Sarkar holing out to cap an outstanding spell.

The trio have picked 12 of the 18 wickets that fell in the previous two games to render the experience in Bangladesh's batting line-up futile. Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani remain to be their openers. With so much going wrong for Bangladesh, some runs from Liton would definitely be welcomed.

Asghar Stanikzai hit three sixes while making a 17-ball 27 in a partnership of 36 with Shenwari before being the third wicket to fall.

Afghanistan chased down the total easily with seven balls to spare, thanks to a decent batting effort.

Rashid first had Shakib holing out to long-on before getting Tamim and Mosaddek off successive deliveries. So, in the 2nd match, they made a decision to bat instead of bowl. I thought our seamers executed well. Barring Rashid's four-wicket haul, Nabi also chipped in with a couple of wickets. "On this surface, where there was turn, they did very well". "Thanks to everyone who supported us, it felt like we were playing in Kabul". I used to bowl after 11 overs earlier, this is the plan given to me, to bowl in the middle and end overs. I was mentally ready, and wanted to bowl in the good-length areas. He bagged the wickets of Shakib, Tamim and Mosaddek in 16th over and put Bangladesh on tremendous pressure.

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