Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets with 7 balls remaining to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match T20I series.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan (3) won the toss and elected to bat first. The team got off to a poor start as opener Liton Das (1) was dismissed on the first ball of the second over by Shapoor Zadran (4-42-1).
Tamim Iqbal could not score freely but made an almost run-a-ball 43. Sabbir Rahman (13) and Mushfiqur Rahim (22) also played short hands.
Although Abbu Hider scored a quick-fire 21 off 14 balls, Bangladesh faulted against the leg spin of Rashid Khan (4-12-4) and lost their way.
The side that was once looking good to cross 150 comfortably could only manage 134 for 8 in their stipulated 20 hours.
Chasing a relatively small total, Afghanistan were 38 in the 6th over when the first wicket fell in the form of keeper Mohammad Shahzad. Shahzad was dismissed by Abu Hider (3-14-1) who bowled tight line and lengths and did not give anything away. Usman Ghani (21) and Samiullah Shenwari (49) then played sensibly to take the team to a winning position.
However, it was the late surge by Mohammad Nabi (31, SR: 206.66) which took the team to a 6-wicket victory with 7 balls remaining. Rashid Khan was yet again named man of the match for his superb bowling performance.
Afghanistan now lead the T20I series 2-0 and will look to make a clean sweep in the 3rd Match to be played on the 7th of June.
@ Cricket World