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AFP
September 16, 2019

Nabi, Mujeeb shine in record Afghanistan win

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AFP
September 16, 2019

DHAKA: Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman starred respectively with bat and ball as Afghanistan thrashed Bangladesh by 25 runs in their second match of the tri-nation Twenty20 International tournament here on Sunday.

Nabi hit an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls under pressure to guide Afghanistan to 164-6 before Mujeeb claimed a career best 4-15 to help his side dismiss Bangladesh for 139 in 19.5 overs for their world record 12 successive Twenty20 international win.

Mujeeb took three wickets in his opening spell to reduce the home side to 32 for four before Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman put a little resistance with 58 runs for the fifth wicket. Gulbadin Naib broke the partnership by removing Mahmudullah, who made 44 off 39 balls for Bangladesh before Mujeeb ended Sabbir’s innings at 24 in his final over to surpass his previous best of 3-17 against Ireland.

Naib claimed 2-27 while skipper Rashid Khan and left-arm pacer Fareed Malik also took two wickets each. Nabi earlier helped Afghanistan recover from 40-4 with his fourth Twenty20 international fifty, which featured three fours and seven sixes.

He received great support from former skipper Asghar Afghan as the duo shared 79 runs in the fifth wicket stand. Asghar made 40 off 37 balls after he was reprieved on 31 when Sabbir took a catch at the deep only for the reply to show that bowler Taijul Islam had overstepped.

Nabi and Asghar overshadowed the bowling heroics of Mohammad Saifuddin, who claimed a career best 4-33. “It’s a team effort. Bangladesh bowled brilliantly in the powerplay and that put the pressure on us. Me and Asghar planned well and in the last five overs the plan worked,” said man of the match Nabi.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan also did well with the ball to claim two wickets for just 18 runs. “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.

Afghanistan won toss

Afghanistan

†Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Saifuddin 0

Hazratullah Zazai c Liton b Shakib 1

Najeeb Tarakai c Sabbir b Saifuddin 11

Asghar Afghan c Sabbir b Saifuddin 40

Najibullah Zadran c Soumya b Shakib 5

Mohammad Nabi not out 84

Gulbadin Naib b Saifuddin 0

Karim Janat not out 5

Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 6, nb 2) 18

Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 164

Did not bat: *Rashid Khan, Fareed Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Fall: 1-0, 2-10, 3-19, 4-40, 5-119, 6-121

Bowling: Saifuddin 4-0-33-4 (w 1, nb 1); Shakib 4-1-18-2 (w 1); Mustafizur 4-0-25-0 (w 2); Taijul 4-0-32-0 (nb 1); Soumya 2-0-31-0 (w 2); Mosaddek 1-0-12-0; Mahmudullah 1-0-3-0

Bangladesh

Liton Das c Tarakai b Mujeeb 0

†Mushfiqur Rahim b Fareed 5

*Shakib Al Hasan c Rashid b Mujeeb 15

Mahmudullah c Tarakai b Naib 44

Soumya Sarkar lbw b Mujeeb 0

Sabbir Rahman c Naib b Mujeeb 24

Afif Hossain c Najibullah b Naib 16

Mosaddek Hossain b Rashid 12

Mohammad Saifuddin c Rashid 2

Taijul Islam not out 0

Mustafizur Rahman c sub b Fareed 15

Extras (lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 6

Total (all out; 19.5 overs) 139

Fall: 1-0, 2-11, 3-31, 4-32, 5-90, 6-95, 7-115, 8-120, 9-124, 10-139

Bowling: Mujeeb 4-0-15-4; Fareed 2.5-0-33-2; Karim 3-0-27-0 (nb 1); Nabi 2-0-11-0 (w 1); Rashid 4-0-23-2; Naib 4-0-27-2 (w 1)

Result: Afghanistan won by 25 runs

Man of the Match: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

Umpires: Masudur Rahman and Gazi Sohel (Bangladesh). TV umpire: Sharfuddoula (Bangladesh). Match referee: Chris Broad (England)

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