Afghans go top in T20 tri-series
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept 15, (AP): Mohammad Nabi’s 54-ball 84 not out was complemented by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s career-best 4-15 as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 25 runs to go top in the Twenty20 tri-series on Sunday.
Nabi’s fireworks saw Afghanistan recover from 40-4 to compile a respectable 164-6 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.
“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.”
Afghan, who survived on 31 after a no ball from spinner Taijul Islam, scored 40 off 37.
“I think that no ball cost us big time, that over went for 17 runs and that changed the momentum,” Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said.
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.
MIRPUR, Bangladesh, Sept 15, (RTRS): Scoreboard at close of play of match 3 between Bangladesh and Afghanistan on Sunday.
R. Gurbaz b Saifuddin 0
H. Zazai c Das b S. Al Hasan 1
N. Tarakai c Rahman b Saifuddin 11
A. Afghan c Rahman b Saifuddin 40
N. Zadran c Sarkar b S. Al Hasan 5
M. Nabi not out 84
G. Naib b Saifuddin 0
K. Janat not out 5
Extras: (8b, 2lb, 2nb, 6w) 18
Total: (20 overs, 6 wkts) 164
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Gurbaz), 2-10 (Zazai), 3-19 (Tarakai), 4-40 (N. Zadran), 5-119 (Afghan), 6-121 (Naib)
Did Not Bat: R. Khan, Malik, Ur Rahman
Bowling: Saifuddin 4-0-33-4, S. Al Hasan 4-1-18-2, M. Rahman 4-0-25-0, T. Islam 4-0-32-0, Sarkar 2-0-31-0, M. Hossain 1-0-12-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-3-0
L. Das c Tarakai b Ur Rahman 0
M. Rahim b Malik 5
S. Al Hasan c R. Khan b Ur Rahman 15
Mahmudullah c Tarakai b Naib 44
S. Sarkar lbw Ur Rahman 0
S. Rahman c Naib b Ur Rahman 24
A. Hossain c Zadran b Naib 16
M. Hossain b R. Khan 12
M. Saifuddin c&b R. Khan 2
T. Islam not out 0
M. Rahman c (Sub) b Malik 15
Extras: (3lb, 1nb, 2w) 6
Total: (19.5 overs, all out) 139
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Das), 2-11 (Rahim), 3-31 (S. Al Hasan), 4-32 (Sarkar), 5-90 (Mahmudullah), 6-95 (S. Rahman), 7-115 (A. Hossain), 8-120 (Saifuddin), 9-124 (M. Hossain), 10-139 (M. Rahman)
Bowling: Ur Rahman 4-0-15-4, Malik 2.5-0-33-2, Janat 3-0-27-0, Nabi 2-0-11-0, R. Khan 4-0-23-2, Naib 4-0-27-2
Match Result: Afghanistan win by 25 runs
Umpires: Masudur Mukul, Gazi Sohel
TV Umpire: Sharfuddoula Saikat
Match Referee: Brian Broad