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RESULT
2nd T20I (D/N), Mirpur, March 05, 2022, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh
(17.4/20 ov, T:116) 121/2

Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan
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Comms: Sruthi
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh 115/9(20 overs)
Afghanistan 121/2(17.4 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
Bowl
I. Wkts
Fazalhaq FarooqiAFG67.13--3/183.41
Hazratullah ZazaiAFG61.2659(45)63.09--
Azmatullah OmarzaiAFG49.62--3/222.92
MahmudullahBAN44.8221(14)28.791/20.52
Mushfiqur RahimBAN41.0730(25)36.36--

Mahmudullah and Nabi pose together with the T20I trophy. That's the end of the presentation and our coverage too. On behalf of my fellow commentator Himanshu Agarwal and scorer K Vairavan, this is Sruthi Ravindranath signing off. See you all soon!

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi: "The boys played well. We threw one wicket early but we came back well. In the first game, we did mistakes in batting and we learnt from it. On young players: we try to build a young bench for Asia Cup and World Cup. We're trying our best to keep the momentum going."

Fazalhaq Farooqi is Player of the Series for his five wickets in two games: "I'm very happy and I dedicate it to my country. We are a young side, we did whatever we could do and won it."

MVP is Hazratullah Zazai.

And the Player of the Match is Azmatullah Omarzai for his 3 for 22: "I tried my best to do, I'm very happy. It was a dream to perform for the team, glad I bowled a lot of dot balls in addition to getting wickets."

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah: "Yeah, it was a good wicket to bat on, but no enough partnerships. Very disappointed. It wasn't 150 wicket but 130 gettable. No partnerships especially upfront. Me and Mushi were trying to get a partnership, sometimes you get lucky. Both of us could have scored a few more. We need to find something to work on [the fielding]. it's been bothering us, we need to improve on fielding. I think we'll have more T20 games in July. Hopefully we can come back strong."

6.41pm Time for presentation

Before we head to the presentation: Rashid Khan spoke emotionally about Shane Warne during innings break, admitting it was a tough for him to come out and play today:

"It was a huge honour for me, I bowled with him at MCG [on the sidelines of Boxing Day Test in 2019]. I was very, very keen to bowl with him for my long-format [learnings], especially Test cricket. He told me whenever you are with me I will be happy to help you with the format and I was just waiting for that opportunity. We talked when I was in Big Bash this year as well, we talked about the long format, he called me and we discussed this.

"It was super tough [preparing for today's game]. I did not know how to go on and play cricket, he was in my mind the whole night. I was not believing it when I woke up on the morning, I checked my phone a couple of times... 'What happened last night?' It's very hard to accept that."

Chris: "Bangladesh awful in every department today. A game to forget for sure "

6.18pm A very good comeback by the visitors after falling short by 61 runs in the first T20I. They kept Bangladesh to 115 courtesy of a disciplined bowling effort, and then wiped out the runs needed with more than two overs to go and eight wickets in hand. Very composed knocks from Zazai and Ghani, and the hosts were not helped by dropped catches either. Anyway, the series is leveled, and stick around for the presentations.

17.4
6
Nasum to Darwish Rasooli, SIX runs

wraps it up with a six! Afghanistan level the series. Short of a length on middle, and keeps a touch low too. But he is deep in the crease while pulling that all the way over deep midwicket, where he just clears the longer boundary

17.3
Nasum to Darwish Rasooli, no run

another dot. Full ball on off, and pushed to cover

17.2
Nasum to Darwish Rasooli, no run

good length on his pads, and clipped to short fine leg

17.1
Nasum to Darwish Rasooli, no run

full and fired on off, and the batter finds cover with his drive

Just 1 to win now, and here comes Nasum from around the wicket.

end of over 1710 runs
AFG: 115/2CRR: 6.76 RRR: 0.33 • Need 1 from 18b
Hazratullah Zazai59 (45b 3x4 5x6)
Darwish Rasooli3 (4b)
Shoriful Islam 3-0-25-0
Mahmudullah 1-0-2-1
16.6
6
Shoriful Islam to Hazratullah Zazai, SIX runs

just clears long-on! That was a bottom-handed loaded six, almost like a left-hander Dhoni. The ball was right in the slot and full on middle, as he got his front leg out of the way to smash that over the leaping fielder

16.5
1
Shoriful Islam to Darwish Rasooli, 1 run

slower ball, and full on middle. Flicked to deep midwicket with the closed face of the bat

16.4
1
Shoriful Islam to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 run

much fuller on middle, and dragged to long-on after getting his front leg out of the way

16.3
Shoriful Islam to Hazratullah Zazai, no run

slower ball, and short of a length outside off. There is good bounce, and he misses his attempted pull

16.2
1
Shoriful Islam to Darwish Rasooli, 1 run

short of a length on middle and off, as he rides the bounce to tap that to third man

Stays over the wicket to Rasooli

16.1
1lb
Shoriful Islam to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 leg bye

strikes his back pad with a yorker on leg, and they go up in appeal for a leg before. Not given, but Bangladesh review after much thought. First up, it is a fair delivery, and there is on inside edge too. From replays I feel the ball pitches just about outside leg. Yup, the ball is tailing in on its way, and pitches just outside leg. So there is no checking after that

Shoriful back from over the wicket. Can Afghanistan finish it off within an over or two?

end of over 162 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 105/2CRR: 6.56 RRR: 2.75 • Need 11 from 24b
Hazratullah Zazai52 (41b 3x4 4x6)
Darwish Rasooli1 (2b)
Mahmudullah 1-0-2-1
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-32-0
15.6
1
Mahmudullah to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 run

this comes on with the angle, turning in off a fullish length on middle. Clipped toward deep square leg for a single

Azweer: "This is what expected from Afghanistan, the top order to be firm and firing."

15.5
Mahmudullah to Hazratullah Zazai, no run

good length ball on middle and leg, as it takes his pad while trying to clip

15.4
Mahmudullah to Hazratullah Zazai, no run

full on middle, and tossed up with a roundarm action. Blocked back

Around the wicket to Zazai

15.3
1
Mahmudullah to Darwish Rasooli, 1 run

fuller on middle and leg, and turned away toward short fine leg

15.2
Mahmudullah to Darwish Rasooli, no run

back of a length on middle and turning in. Clipped toward square leg

Rasooli in now.

15.1
W
Mahmudullah to Ghani, OUT

And he strikes first ball! Shortish in length and just outside off, as Ghani has a poke at that without foot movement while playing away from his body. He must have been restricted with that injury, and so ended up getting a faint tickle into the keeper's gloves. Litton and his captain know it much before the umpire gives it out, and Ghani has to go after a fine innings

Usman Ghani c †Liton Das b Mahmudullah 47 (64m 48b 5x4 1x6) SR: 97.91

Mahmudullah himself has the ball now. Over the wicket.

end of over 1514 runs
AFG: 103/1CRR: 6.86 RRR: 2.60 • Need 13 from 30b
Hazratullah Zazai51 (38b 3x4 4x6)
Usman Ghani47 (47b 5x4 1x6)
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-32-0
Mahedi Hasan 4-0-19-1
14.6
Shakib to Hazratullah Zazai, no run

bowls slower, and on a good length on middle. He tries to clip, but the ball lobs off his pad. Litton from behind tries to catch that, but there is a little friendly mix-up between him and Zazai

14.5
6
Shakib to Hazratullah Zazai, SIX runs

six more, and Zazai is dominating Shakib here! That's his fifty too. Full ball on middle, and he slog-sweeps that over deep square leg for another six

Around the stumps to Zazai too

14.4
1
Shakib to Ghani, 1 run

full on off, and driven to long-on. Again he is limping while running

Around the wicket to Ghani

14.3
1
Shakib to Hazratullah Zazai, 1 run

fuller and slower, and outside off. Tucked toward point

Best performances - batters
Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai AFG
59 runs (45)
3 fours5 sixes
Control
73%
Productive shot
on drive
25 runs
1 four3 sixes
5241172514
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani AFG
47 runs (48)
5 fours1 six
Control
72%
Productive shot
flick
8 runs
0 four0 six
1306262414
Best performances - bowlers
Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi AFG
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
3
ECO
4.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Azmatullah Omarzai
Azmatullah Omarzai AFG
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
3
ECO
5.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
Azmatullah Omarzai
Player Of The Series
Afghanistan
Fazalhaq Farooqi
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 1496
Match days5 March 2022 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
Bangladesh
Gazi Sohel
Bangladesh
Masudur Rahman
TV Umpire
Bangladesh
Tanvir Ahmed
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh
Morshed Ali Khan
Match Referee
Bangladesh
Akhtar Ahmad