Tri-series, 3rd T20I: Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman lead Afghanistan to historic win over Bangladesh

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India Today

Author 2019-09-16 11:25:00


Mohammad Nabi smashed 7 sixes and 3 fours during his swashbuckling knock (Afghanistan Cricket Twitter photo)


  • Afghanistan (164/6) beat Bangladesh (139) by 25 runs
  • Afghanistan top the table with 2 wins from 2 games followed by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe
  • Afghanistan broke their own record of most successive wins in T20Is with their 12th victory

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.

"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. They also broke their own record of the most successive wins in T20I cricket with their 12th victory.


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