low full-toss outside off, and Rashid ends it with a spectacular catch. Dives to his left and grabs it overhead with both hands, after Jayed slaps it hard and flat. This has been excellent from Afghanistan, a great start to a historic tour
Shenwari and spinners topple Bangladesh
11.36pm That's it from us today. A convincing win for Afghanistan, set up by some serious late-overs hitting and some serious spin bowling. Bangladesh have it all to do to come back into the series. Let's see if they can manage it. Until then, good night!
Rashid Khan, quite predictably, is the man of the match. "There was no secret, just keep everything simple, do everything I've been doing in the last 2-3 months. I had no specific plans when I came on after 10 overs. Just bowl a little back of a length, not too full for the batsman to hit. In the end I just try to enjoy myself. It was a good surface, ball was gripping. Little bit of dew in the end, but with that dew it was gripping better. We just played IPL - it's the biggest stage and the biggest platform, so the confidence will help you in these games."
Asghar Stanikzai: "Every series, every tournament, the first game is important. Today especially, all the batsmen played very well. Shafiq and Samiullah gave us the momentum after we lost a few wickets in the middle overs. I know my bowlers, which time to use them. The conditions are good for us, we know the wickets, we know the conditions. I want to congratulate the Afghanistan people and thank the crowd, it felt like we were in Afghanistan."
Shakib Al Hasan: "Generally we bowled well except for the last overs which cost us the match. Giving away 64 in four overs was not ideal. A lot to do, we need to sit down and look at which are the areas we can improve. Obviously they are a good side - they outplayed us in all departments. It's a tough decision (not to bowl Mahmudullah more). If I had given him one more over and he had gone for a few sixers, you would have asked me why I gave him the ball and not the regular bowlers. When you're chasing 170-odd, you need to bat well, top order batsmen need to bat through, but we kept on losing wickets. Credit to them. They have quality spinners and they stepped it up."
Nayeem: "Around 10 days for the first Test, But I'm more worried, How would the Indians play out the Afghan duo? Mujeeb and Rashid with red, shiny and dangerous looking cherry. Since Indians of late have the history of making ordinary bowlers look extraordinary, ex, Moeen, Steve O'Keefe's, Monty Panesar, etc..." --- I wouldn't call any of them ordinary bowlers, to be fair, and Rashid and Mujeeb will need to show they have the ability to bowl long spells when batsmen aren't trying to attack them, but let's leave that aside for now, and marvel at what utterly brilliant talents they are. I want to see them play Test cricket, and I want to see them play a lot of Test cricket.
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Ruffin: "If Bangladesh lose this, it's a huge shame! Wake up BCB, wake up! It's been more than six months without a coach. And what on earth are our players learning from BPL? Is playing 5 foreigners doing a heck of goods for your players? They still don't know how to handle pressure in T20s. That's a shame, absolute shame."
Ihsan Shagiwal: "India and other big teams will be watching this. Hold on guys Afghanistan is coming and is coming very strong this time."
Aranya Das: "The umpiring standard has been really poor in this match, has to be said." -- Agreed. Not spotting that high full-toss was pretty poor, and Liton got a genuinely rough decision.
11.23pm Afghanistan go 1-0 up, and this was on the cards right from the time Rashid Khan came on. Bangladesh were roughly on course, but had already given away a couple more wickets than they would have liked, and then the leggie came on and took out two in two balls - Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman - to expose Bangladesh's lack of batting depth. Lots to ponder for Bangladesh after this game.
length ball angling down leg. Looks to flick, only manages a tickle off his pad towards the keeper
bouncer, Jayed ducks under it
high full-toss - seemed to be above waist high, on off stump - clears his front leg and swipes it down to long-on. Definitely above waist high but not called no-ball
full on off stump, whipped to the right of mid-on
And he's broken a stump. Slants it in from wide of the crease, a good-length ball that Rubel stays back to and tries to swat with a horizontal bat. Sneaks under and snaps the leg stump in two
Round the wicket now.
back of a length on middle stump, shows the full face and picks up a single in the wide mid-on region
short, slanting away from Mahmudullah, and this is all but over. Looks to fetch that from outside off and pull, but he's working against the angle and a bit of extra bounce too. Top-edges it in the air, and it lands in the gully region where three fielders converge - backward point, short third man, and keeper. They basically collide gently into each other when the ball drops into a pair of hands. It turns out the fielder is Usman Ghani - I think he came in from backward point, but I can't be sure
full on the pads, clipped to long leg
bowled him! Excellent bowling, saw Abul stepping out and fired in a yorker, right under his bat, to take out leg stump. Looked to jab that back down the ground, but no way he was connecting - it basically pitched right below his bat
that'll help. A bouncer on off stump, and Abul swivels hard through a hopeful hook. Top-edges it over the keeper and there's no stopping that
Shapoor comes back with Bangladesh needing 55 off 18.
finally, a bad ball from Rashid. Short and wide, and he cuts it away easily between backward point and short third man
Mahmudullah doesn't pick it at all. Shortish, pitching on middle and leg, and he makes room, assuming it's a legbreak he can cut. Ends up ripping in the other way, and it hits him on the back leg
full-toss on middle and leg, clipped away respectfully to deep square leg. Hit it, man! HIT IT!
Left-hander walks to the crease. Abul Hasan. Can he find a way to hit Rashid Khan out of the park?
goes for the big hit now, sees some flight outside off and goes for the big slog-sweep. Picks the googly okay, but there's a man at long-on and he hits it straight down his throat. Mosaddek goes for 14 off 23 - it's been a real struggle for him today
flat, quick legbreak on middle stump. Hurries Mosaddek and all he can do is defend off the back foot. He has to find some way of hitting a boundary
googly, pitching on middle and turning quickly down leg, swept away hard to deep midwicket
down the track and Mujeeb spots him and shortens his length considerably. Slogs anyway, ends up toe-ending it, and it loops in the air and falls well short of the man at long-on
flat, back of a length, angles in from wide of the crease to cramp Mosaddek for room. Stays leg-side of the ball and jabs to short third man
|Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Afghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 667|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00|
|Match days||3 June 2018 - night (20-over match)|
Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Bismillah Jan Shinwari