Rashid spins Afghanistan to T20 series sweep over Bangladesh

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It was the wicket-keeper who was on strike for the final over, and Rashid who struck straight away as the batsman holed out to deep square leg, ending an 82-run partnership that had rescued Bangladesh from the depths of 53/4.

Earlier, Afghanistan had a solid opening stand in contrast to their opponents thanks to Mohammad Shahzad (26) and Usman Ghani (19) who put up 55 runs. Earlier in 5th June, 2018 Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. The Bangladeshi batting line-up has just not been able to amass those all-important runs in the crucial overs of the match which has cost them the series.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman hoisted a catch at deep midwicket in the first ball of Rashid to get dismissed for 46 off 37 balls, giving Afghanistan the upper hand. "/ ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings, trumping Bangladesh for the second game in a row in br / their three-match Twenty20 global series to clinch it with a game in hand".

Ghani, who struggled a bit, followed suit in the next over, edging one to Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps off right-arm pacer Aby Jayed's bowling as the Afghans slumped to 59 for two in 8.5 overs. With Rashid due to bowl the final over, Rahim hit Karim Janat for five consecutive fours and then took a single off the last ball. Already they have shown better decision-making and have applied their skills better in the first two games, rendering Bangladesh's batting and late-over bowling ineffective. 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.

Chasing the 146 under lights, the pressure was always going to be on the visitors. At that moment Tamim was well set on 43 and Bangladesh were looking good for a 150 plus total. Disaster struck minutes later as Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar were run-out in quick succession after getting involved in bad mix-ups.

Together they kept Bangladesh in the hunt.

With Mahmudullah and Ariful Haque unable to get a boundary for the next four balls, Afghanistan surged ahead with four required off the last ball. While Bangladesh has seemed to have made it a habit of not finishing games, Afghanistan celebrated like there is no tomorrow.

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