Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022

BAN Vs AFG, 2nd T20I: Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh By 8 Wickets To Draw Series

Chasing Bangladesh's 115/9, Afghanistan reached the target in 17.4 overs. Hazratullah Zazai hit 59 not out while Azmatullah Omarzai took 3/22.

Captains Mahmudullah and Mohammad Nabi with the trophy after the T20I series in Dhaka.
Captains Mahmudullah and Mohammad Nabi with the trophy after the T20I series in Dhaka. Photo: ACB

Opener Hazratullah Zazai hit a half-century as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second and final cricket Twenty20 to draw the series 1-1 in Dhaka on Saturday.

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Zazai struck an unbeaten 59 runs off 45 balls and shared a 99-run partnership with Usman Ghani for the second wicket to help Afghanistan race to victory with 14 balls to spare.

Darwish Rasooli (9 not out) wrapped up the game, pulling left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed for a six over deep mid-wicket as Afghanistan finished on 121-2 in reply to Bangladesh's 115-9.

Afghanistan lost the first match by 61 runs.

Both teams lined up before the start of play and observed a minute's silence in memory of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

Ghani, who survived twice on 39 and 41, scored 47 runs off 48 balls with five fours and one six.

Zazai and Ghani's match-defining partnership came after Afghanistan lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz (3).

Zazai's innings was almost chanceless. He slog-swept left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan for six over deep square-leg to reach his third 50 off 37 balls and hit three fours and five sixes.

Playing his 100th T20 game for Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 30.

Captain Mahmudullah scored 21 and in the process became the first Bangladeshi batter to reach 2,000 runs in this format.

Liton Das and Mohammad Naim both made 13.

Fast bowlers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai ripped through Bangladesh, claiming three wickets each after the hosts opted to bat first.

Bangladesh stumbled to 45-4 after which Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah shared 43 runs. After their dismissals, Bangladesh batters failed to hit big in the death overs.

Bangladesh won the three-match ODI series 2-1.


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