T20I 2: Afghanistan punishes sloppy Bangladesh to level the series | Cricket News – Times of India


DACA: Hazratullah Zazai he went unbeaten for half a century to help Afghanistan defeat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second Twenty20 international with the two-leg series ending level at 1-1 in Dhaka on Saturday.
Zazai hit 59 of 45 balls and usman ghani he scored 47, leading Afghanistan to 121-2 in 17.4 overs after Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai each claimed three wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 115-9.
A minute’s silence was held in memory of the late Australian greats Shane Warne and Rodney Marsh before the start of the match.
Both Zazai and Ghani benefited from sloppy fielding by Bangladesh as the hosts failed to back up Thursday’s convincing 61-run victory.
Nasum Ahmed dropped Zazai to love on the third ball of the innings before Afif Hossain and Mohammad Naim pardoned Ghani at 39 and 41 on Mahedi Hasan’s bowling.
Mahedi struck early to eliminate Rahmanullah Gurbaz by three, but Zazai and Ghani took full advantage of weak Bangladeshi fielding to add 99 runs for the second wicket.
Mahmudullah Riyad fired Ghani to break the stands, with Afghanistan just 13 runs from victory.
It fell to Darwish Rasooli to finish the game with a towering six against left arm spinner Nasum.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi praised the team for their bowling efforts.
“The guys played very well, especially in the first innings. Hazratullah and Ghani hit well for us,” he said.
The hosts before never managed to get going after choosing to bat first, losing wickets at regular intervals.
“It was a good batting ground. We didn’t gather enough associations. (I’m) very disappointed with the way this game turned out,” Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said.
“We need to improve our fielding. That’s something we need to work on,” he added.
Mushfiqur Rahim was top scorer with 30 from 25 balls, in his 100th Twenty20 cap, while Mahmudullah contributed 21 from 13 balls.
On the 19th, Mahmudullah became the first Bangladeshi to score 2,000 runs in Twenty20 internationals before Rashid Khan caught him head-on.
Farooqi finished 3-19 while Omarzai claimed 3-22.


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