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Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series sweep over Bangladesh

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Cassandra Castillo | 10 June, 2018, 23:15

The Afghanistan national cricke team defeated Bangladesh in the third and final match of the bilateral Twenty20 global (T20I) series to clinch the series 3-0. Not even when the final ball was struck was the result decided, Afghanistan only triumphing thanks to a superb boundary effort from Shafiqullah, who swatted the ball back into play to turn four into two, and a narrow defeat into a narrow win.

Rashid Khan is right up there with top spinners in world cricket, his SRH skipper Kane Williamson said eulogizing the Afghanistan teen sensation, who is bracing up for the challenge of Test cricket after an extremely successful IPL stint. Based on their score team bangladesh scored 134 runs in exchange for eight wickets in selected 20 overs. The tournament officially started in 3rd June but earlier the Tigers played a warm up match against Afghanistan A team. In the 2nd match which was staged at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun.

Mohammed Shahzad and Usman Ghani entertained the spectators with some clean hitting. The batsmen again struggled against the spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi.

After a 38-run partnership, it was Abu Hider who provided Bangladesh with the breakthrough in the form of Shehzad's wickets.

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Rashid removed the risky of Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal besides trapping Mosaddek Hossain in front of the wickets to leave Bangladesh reeling at 103 for seven.

With Afghanistan needing 20 off the last two overs, Nabi clobbered four boundaries in five balls off fast bowler Rubel Hossain to seal it in style.

Rashid bowled brilliantly to remove risky Mushfiqur with his first delivery and kept the other batsmen quiet to snatch the thrilling one-run win.

But that is when Bangladesh requiring 10 off the last over lost a well-set Rahim for 46 off 37 balls, Rashid Khan it was back in the thick of things. Rashid only conceded three runs in the 18th over after which Rahim smashed 21 runs in the 19th. Nabi took another two wickets for Afghan team. All along, there were short but useful contributions from the Afghanistan batting line up with Captain Asghar Stanikzai (27), Samiullah (33) Shenwari and Najibullah Zadran (15) chipping in.

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