Afghanistan Creates Most Consecutive T20I Victories Record; Equals Australia’s Top Record
Hosts Bangladesh met Afghanistan in the third T20I of the T20I tri-series at Dhaka. After Afghanistan decided to bat first, they scored 164/6 in 20 overs. Chasing down that target, Bangladesh were all out on just 139 runs (19.5 overs). Afghanistan won this match by 25 runs.
Afghanistan were once struggling on 40/4. However, and rescued the team from that situation and set a challenging T20I total. Afghan-Nabi managed to provide the 79 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. After Afghan lost his wicket on 40 runs off 37 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes), Nabi played an explosive innings in the end.
Nabi completed his half-century in 41 balls and soon he finished that innings on unbeaten 84 runs off 54 balls (3 fours and 7 sixes).
In reply, Bangladesh lost their wickets at regular intervals. Only Mahmuddulah (44 runs) and Sabbir Rahman (24 runs) managed to cross the 20-run mark.
The Afghanistan off-spinner had the bowling figures of 4-0-15-4. Also, Fareed Ahmed (2/33), (2/23) and (2/27) claimed two wickets each. However, Nabi won the Player of the Match award for his game-changing knock.
Afghanistan managed 12th straight T20I victories
It was Afghanistan’s 12th successive victories in T20I cricket. With this victory, they beat the previous most consecutive T20I victories record which was 11 by Afghanistan once again. From 27th March 2016 to 12th March 2017, Afghanistan had won 11 straight T20Is and created that record.
This time Afghanistan broke own record and created a new history. Since 5th February 2018, Afghanistan have won all their 12 T20Is. During this period, Afghanistan have beaten Zimbabwe (three times), Bangladesh (four times) and Ireland (five times).
The full list of Afghanistan’s 12 successive T20I victories
|Zimbabwe||5 wickets||Sharjah||5th February 2018|
|Zimbabwe||17 runs||Sharjah||6th February 2018|
|Bangladesh||45 runs||Dehradun||3rd June 2018|
|Bangladesh||6 wickets||Dehradun||5th June 2018|
|Bangladesh||1 run||Dehradun||7th June 2018|
|Ireland||16 runs||Bready||20th August 2018|
|Ireland||81 runs||Bready||22nd August 2018|
|Ireland||5 wickets||Dehradun||21st February 2019|
|Ireland||84 runs||Dehradun||23rd February 2019|
|Ireland||32 runs||Dehradun||24th February 2019|
|Zimbabwe||28 runs||Dhaka||14th September 2019|
|Bangladesh||25 runs||Dhaka||15th September 2019|
Australia’s 12 consecutive T20I undefeated streak record has been levelled
With this victory, Afghanistan have also equalled another top T20I record. While it was their 12th straight T20I victories, they have equalled the record of playing most consecutive T20I matches without a defeat.
Earlier, Australia had also managed to play 12 most consecutive T20I matches without a defeat from 30th August 2009 to 14th May 2010. During that time, Australia had won 10 T20Is, tied one T20I (lost the one-over eliminator) and one had no result.
If Afghanistan maintain their non-defeat streak in the next T20I game against Zimbabwe on 20th September, they will create a new record after surpassing Australia’s record.