What a way to win it! This was in the slot, and Najibullah just leans back a launches this flat and straight down the ground. What a statement of intent from this young Afghanistan team!
And on that note on behalf of Hemant and Thilak, it's goodbye. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again tomorrow as India will be in action against Hong Kong.
Player of the match Mujeeb Ur Rahman: "My strength is bowling with the new ball, in Dubai I didn't get the chance. I always prefer to bowl in the powerplay. My whole plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and it worked for me."
Winning captain Mohammed Nabi: "Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are world class spinners, that's why we were in the game in the first 10 overs. We were ahead of the game cos we got early wickets. Everyone knows we have power hitters in the death. That's we made sure not to lose early wickets, so that our power hitters could finish the game."
Catch of the Match goes to Ibrahim Zadran for his take to dismiss Mahmudullah.
Losing captain Shakib Al Hasan: "Yes it was always tough when you lose four wickets in the first 7,8 overs. But I thought the bowlers bowled exceptionally well to get us back into the game. Credit to Afghanistan though they played really well. We know that Najibullah is a dangerous player. On a wicket like this we thought we had the game, but credit to how they batted."
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Vinay : "Amazing! fantabulous! Zadrans! Afghans! Superlative effort twice in a row now. I don't want to jinx it but watch out India and watch out Pakistan. This could very well be the tournament of Afghans. Simply astounding :-)"
Tushar Pabbi: "Afghanistan were at 65 after 14 overs, ended at 131 in 18.3 overs, doubled the score in 4.3 overs. Power hitting."
Najibullah Zadran: "The wicket was coming a bit low. I looked to hit it straight, and just play my natural game." Not a man of many words, but who needs 'em eh when you can hit like that?
10.37pm Well! Think we all need a breather after that. What a display of power hitting at the death from this pair of Zadrans, who from a position of quite some strife absolutely obliterated the Bangladeshi bowlers, to turn the game on its head and secure a place in the next round. It was a 69-run partnership off just 36 deliveries, after Bangladesh had seemingly fought back into a match-winning position. In the end it was a consummate all-round performance from Afghanistan, as their bowlers had earlier done well to strangle the Bangladeshi batters for large parts of their innings. Then with the bat, they weathered some tight work from the Bangladesh spinners, before targeting the seamers to up the scoring rate and take the win.
length ball, hit in the air towards deep midwicket
length ball nudged onside
Mosaddek back into the attack
And now it's crunched over long off! This is marginally over pitched and it's outta here! Afghanistan are just four away from securing a place in the next round!
Another six! How do I even describe this?! This was short and he ends pull/hook/scoop/ramping this over square leg. Incredible hit! Watch it on tv if you can!
wide outside off, and this one brings up the fifty partnership!
goes again, but this time gets a thick inside edge onto the pads
And they keep finding the gaps! Length ball, just backs away smacks this between long on and deep midwicket!
Mxpa : "Madhushka I'm living in a cricket dream..Today I'm a AFG fan for two reasons one is for their rising other is for Our SL lions " I imagine you're not alone.
back of a length on the stumps, stays back and knocks this towards square leg for a single
Finds the gap at midwicket! This was full and on the pads, and Ibrahim just flicks this into the gap. The timing again is pristine.
Azweer : "Someone expected a Hardik, but a Rishabh pant comes out in the name of Najibullah Zadran."
26 needed from 18. Was that the over that took the game away from Bangladesh?
full on off, driven down to sweeper cover
Length outside off, and swings again. This time he slices this high towards cover. But it falls safe as the sweeper comes around to collect.
My word what a hit! This is in the slot outside off, and Najibullah just short arm jabs this over long off! Flat and hard, this was timed exquisitely. And that brings up the 100 as well!
Extremely wide of off, the pressure is beginning to tell.
Around the wicket, and he beats him outside off. Najibullah looks to go across the line and misses.
Pulled for six! This was the short boundary, and so he didn't really need to time this pull to perfection. The man in the deep thinks he's in it for a moment, but it just keeps going.
short, too short! This has some tennis ball bounce well over the keeper, and Mushfiqur does well to leap and keep this to just the single extra.
Pratim: "India won it from exactly the same situation. Someone has to be the Hardik of AFG!"
length outside off, deftly guided down to third man
43 from 24. Mustafizur returns. I imagine they will look to target him.
Swing and a miss, as this is pushed through quicker outside off.
Swatted over cow corner! First six of the innings and what a time to get it. This was short of a length in the slot and he gets really good hold of it!
|Sharjah Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
|Match number||T20I no. 1753|
|Match days||30 August 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 2, Bangladesh 0|