Mohammad Nabi’s 54-ball 84 not out was complemented by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s career-best 4 for 15 as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 25 runs to go top in the Twenty20 tri-series on Sunday.
Nabi’s fireworks saw Afghanistan recover from 40 for 4 to compile a respectable 164 for 6 after which Rahman’s bowling helped to dismiss Bangladesh for 139 in 19.5 overs. Nabi struck three fours and seven sixes, and he shared a fifth-wicket stand of 79 runs in around 10 overs with Asghar Afghan to rescue the innings.
“I thought we were brilliant in the first 10 overs. They scored more than 100 runs in the last 10 overs, that cost us the game. We didn´t play well with the bat to chase those runs,” Shakib said after the match. Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan won their respective opening match of the tournament against Zimbabwe.
It’s always tough to get out of such tough situations and post such a good score,” Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan said. “I think the senior players took the responsibility. That’s how we recovered from four down to 160-plus.” Pace bowler Mohammad Saifuddin produced his career-best 4-33 for Bangladesh. Gulbadin Naib took 2-27 and Rashid Khan 2-23 for Afghanistan
It was Afghanistan’s second straight victory after beating Zimbabwe by 28 runs on Saturday. They also broke their own record of the most successive wins in T20I cricket with their 12th victory.
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17 November, 2019