Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets in the second T20I of the ongoing Biman Bangladesh Airlines T20I series to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. It was again Afghan googly master Rashid Khan’s night who took three wickets in an over and finished with a figure of 4-12.
Having won the toss, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hassan won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening partnership didn’t last long as Shapoor Zadran struck in his first over sending Liton Das back to the pavilion. Sabbir Rahman was the second batsman out caught by Samiullah Shinwari off Mohammad Nabi’s bowling who also accounted for Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicket. Shakib Al Hasan pushed himself down the order to avoid another collapse to Rashid Khan’ bowling but he only lasted for seven balls before getting out to Rashid khan for three runs. Other Bangladeshi batsmen were clueless as Rashid yet again ran through the batting line-up bagging 4 wickets in his spell. Bangladesh posted a target of 135 runs for Afghanistan to chase in the allotted 20 overs.
Afghanistan openers were cautious in their approach and put on 38 runs for the first wicket before Mohammad Shahzad was LBW off Abu Hider’s bowling in the sixth over of the innings. Usman Ghani was the next one to lose his wicket after scoring 21 runs from 31 balls at a low strike rate of 68. Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari stabilized Afghanistan’s chase with a fifth wicket partnership of 36 runs and former, in particular, absorbed the pressure and took Afghanistan home in the 19th over with a quick-fire 31 runs off just 15 balls.
Afghanistan won the second T20I by 6 wickets effectively taking an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match T20I Series which also means a possibility of a clean sweep in the last match.