2nd T20I: Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets to level the two-match series in Dhaka.
Hazratullah Zazai struck an unbeaten half-century to help Afghanistan thrash Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second Twenty20 international with the two-match series ending all square at 1-1 in Dhaka on Saturday. Zazai hit 59 off 45 balls and Usman Ghani scored 47, guiding Afghanistan to 121-2 in 17.4 overs after Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai claimed three wickets each to restrict Bangladesh to 115-9. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of late Australian greats Shane Warne and Rodney Marsh before the start of the match.
Both Zazai and Ghani benefited from Bangladesh’s sloppy fielding as the hosts failed to back up Thursday’s convincing 61 run victory.
Nasum Ahmed dropped Zazai on nought off the third ball of the innings before Afif Hossain and Mohammad Naim reprieved Ghani at 39 and 41 off the bowling of Mahedi Hasan.
Mahedi struck early to remove Rahmanullah Gurbaz for three but Zazai and Ghani took full advantage of Bangladesh’s weak fielding to add 99 runs for the second wicket.
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Mahmudullah Riyad dismissed Ghani to break the stand, with Afghanistan only 13 runs away from victory.
It was left to Darwish Rasooli to end the game with a towering six off left-arm spinner Nasum.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi hailed the team for their bowling efforts.
“The boys played really well, especially in the first innings. Hazratullah and Ghani batted well for us,” he said.
The hosts earlier never managed to get going after electing to bat first, losing wickets at regular intervals.
“It was a good wicket to bat on. We didn’t put together enough partnerships. (I am) very disappointed the way this game turned up,” said Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah.
“We need to improve our fielding. That’s something we need to work on,” he added.
On 19, Mahmudullah became the first Bangladeshi to score 2000 runs in Twenty20 internationals before he was trapped plumb in front by leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
Farooqi finished with 3-19 while Omarzai claimed 3-22.
BAN Vs AFG, 2nd T20I: Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh By 8 Wickets To Level Series – Highlights
Afghanistan registered a facile win against Bangladesh to end the tour on a high. Catch highlights and scores of the 2nd BAN vs AFG T20I match:
Afghanistan pulled off a massive win against Bangladesh in their second and final T20 International match in Dhaka on Saturday to end the tour on a high. After losing the ODIs 1-2, the visitors needed a strong reply in the T20s, but they lost the opener by 61 runs on Thursday. Two days later, Afghanistan played like a different team, a team that can beat any side. Now, at least they will return home with some consolation after a facile -wicket win against Bangladesh. After losing the toss, Afghanistan restricted the hosts to 115/9 with pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai taking three wickets each at Shere Bangla National Stadium. Opener Hazratullah Zazai then hit an unbeaten 59 off 45 with Darwish Rasooli sealing the win with a six. Usman Ghani scored a well-paced 47 off 48. Catch highlights and cricket scores of the 2nd BAN vs AFG T20I match here.
Man of the Match: Player of the match is Azmatullah Omarzai. Another Afghan, Fazalhaq Farooqi takes the MVP honours. A limited but fairly engrossing series despite the lopsided nature of the results – by 61 runs in the first and by 8 wickets today.