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Rashid Khan spins Afghanistan to 45-run victory over Bangladesh in Dehradun

Afghanistan rode brilliant bowling performances by Shapoor Zadran and Rashid Khan to beat Bangladesh by 45 runs in their first T20 encounter in Dehradun on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2018 23:48 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh,Rashid Khan,Shapoor Zadran
Rashid Khan took three wickets as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the first T20 in Dehradun on Sunday.(AFP)

Afghanistan spinners lived up to the hype created ahead of the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh as they steered their team to a 45-run victory in the first match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun. (SCORECARD)

The three-pronged spin attack bagged six wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 122 after the batsmen had put up 167 in 20 overs. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan made his presence felt, collecting 3 for 13 in three overs.

Tamim Iqbal was sent packing by Mujeeb Ur Rehman on the very first ball of the innings. Although Bangladesh’s other opener Liton Das went for his shots, hammering 30 off 20 balls, Mohammed Nabi scalped him to keep the pressure on.

Rashid Khan struck twice in his first over, removing Mushfiqur Rahim for 20 and Sabbir Rahman for a duck, putting Bangladesh on the backfoot.

Lanky pacer Shapoor Zadran also played his part and claimed three wickets in the end. Only Mahmudullah could carry the fight, scoring 29 runs off 25 balls.

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Earlier, the packed Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium was lit up as Afghanistan, who have made India their home and are hosting this series, blazed away, entertaining fans with slam-bang cricket.

Batting at number 6, Samiullah Shenwari swatted an 18-ball 36 to propel Afghanistan with the captain Asghar Stanikzai chipping in with 25. Samiullah’s knock included three hits to the fence and three sixes. Shafiqullah made an unbeaten 24 runs off eight balls.

Bangladesh asked the hosts to bat first on winning the toss in the hope of restricting them to a low total on a slow pitch.

However, their plan went awry as Afghanistan openers, Mohammed Shahzad and Usman Ghani, stitched a brilliant 62-run partnership to provide the launch-pad. Usman made 26 and was the first to walk back to the dug-out with Rubel Hossain getting rid of him.

Mohammed Shahzad, who top-scored with 40, was removed by captain Shakib Al Hasan. He was cheered on by the crowd, which comprising Afghans who danced in the stands. Bangladesh bowlers struggled to make an impact, barring Mahmudullah, who claimed two wickets in his one over. He removed Mohammed Nabi for nought and Najibullah Zadran for 2. The second game is on Tuesday.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 23:48 IST