Afghanistan whitewash Bangladesh in T20 series

  • Afghanistan whitewash Bangladesh in T20 series

Afghanistan whitewash Bangladesh in T20 series

With two comprehensive victories under their belt, Afghanistan's National Cricket Team would be looking to stamp their authority with a clean sweep against Bangladesh in the two sides' first-ever bilateral series with a win in the third and final T20I game on Thursday in Dehradun of India.

Earlier, a combined effort by top and middle order batsman helped Afghanistan post a fighting 145/6 in the allotted 20 overs. We will not take them (Afghanistan) lightly as we know that the team comprises of good players such as Rashid Khan, who has performed brilliantly in the IPL for the past two years. He trapped Shahzad in front of the wicket for 26 off 22 balls, which included three fours and a six, and not long after that Abu Jayed dismissed Ghani as Afghanistan became 59 for 2.

They are a far more experienced side in global 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. The Bangladeshi batting line-up has just not been able to amass those all-important runs in the crucial overs of the match which has cost them the series.

Mohammad Shahzad and Usman Ghani started to chase for Afghan team. He scored 46 runs from 37 balls. Nazmul Islam Apu bowled cleverly last time around and his role will be of prime importance if Bangladesh are to evade the embarrassment of a whitewash. Only 4 were required off the last ball when Rashid sent down yet another impeccable googly to which Ariful Haque tried to slog hard but failed to clear the ropes as his team failed to get past the finishing line.

Rashid bowled brilliantly to remove unsafe Mushfiqur with his first delivery and kept the other batsmen quiet to snatch the thrilling one-run win. For Bangladesh, their batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das - all failing to impress. Rashid only conceded three runs in the 18th over after which Rahim smashed 21 runs in the 19th. Mosaddek grabbed two wickets for 21. But that did not stem the run flow as captain Stanikzai played a 17-ball 27 blitz, and at the other end, Shenwari gave him solid support to remain not out on 33 off 27 balls.