The Bangladeshi cricket team defeated Afghanistan by four wickets in the sixth match of the Tri-nation T20I series in Chattogram. It was Bangladesh’s first win against the Afghans in the short format since 2014.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to field first.
Afghanistan’s openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave them a great start as the pair added 75 runs for the first wicket before Zazai lost his wicket for 47 runs.
Zazai's wicket triggered a collapse as Afghanistan lost 5 wickets within the next three overs. A cameo of 23 runs by Shafiqullah Shafaq and 11 runs from Rashid Khan helped Afghanistan post 138/7 on board setting a target of 139 for Bangladesh team.
In response, Bangladesh lost their first two wickets quickly as Liton Das and Najmul Hossain were out for 4 and 5 runs, respectively.
A 58-run partnership between Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim stabilized Bangladesh’s innings before a mini collapse brought Afghanistan back into the game.
However, Player of the match Shakib al Hasan’s calculated innings ensured Bangladesh chased the target with an over to spare.
Both sides will face each other again in the Final match of the tournament on September 24.
The Afghan National Cricket Team defeated Bangladesh by 25 runs in their first T20I match last week on Sunday night, earning a twelfth consecutive T20I victory.