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Mashrafe's angry send-off, Mahmudullah's T20 bash

Mahmudullah showed how much he has evolved as a T20 batsman when he hammered a six over long-off against the pace of Dawlat Zadran Associated Press

The send-off

Mashrafe Mortaza has hardly given any batsman an expletive-laden send-off as he did to Mohammad Shahzad at the end of the seventh over. After Shahzad had disdainfully flicked Mashrafe over midwicket for six, the bowler came back and had him caught behind with a slower ball. Mashrafe then laid into Shahzad, who din't care to look at him. It is rare to see Mashrafe go after a batsman in this manner.

The anguish

Mirwais Ashraf, the medium-pacer, let out a roar after Hashmatullah Shahidi dropped an easy catch at point at the start of the 13th over. Tamim Iqbal had sliced a cut shot straight at the fielder, but Shahidi couldn't latch on to the chance. Shahidi looked disappointed, but Ashraf didn't prolong his stare towards the fielder, and walked back to his mark. Having been dropped on 30, Tamim kicked on to make 80.

The drop

The second dropped catch came in the 39th over when Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai fluffed a simpler chance, reprieving Mahmudullah on 58. Fielding at cover, Stanikzai misjudged the flight of the ball after Mahmudullah had mistimed a drive off Mohammad Nabi, the offspinning allrounder. Stanikzai immediately gestured towards one of the light towers, suggesting he couldn't spot the ball in the bright background. Fortunately for Bangladesh, Mahmudullah fell after adding four runs.

The T20 bash

Having been given the role of a finisher in T20s earlier this year, Mahmudullah has transformed his batting. One of the big shots he has developed is the blast over long-off after charging at the bowler. He also has the ability to ride high bounce and hit it over extra cover.

In the 38th over, he brought out the T20 shot against the pace of Dawlat Zadran, hammering him over long-off for his second six. His first six came when he mostly stood still and cleared long-off in the 25th over off Ashraf.

The light complaint

Like Asghar Stanikzai, Mahmudullah complained of the light tower coming in the way of him taking a catch in the 38th over, after Hashmatullah Shahidi had pulled one towards him at deep square-leg. The ball fell well short of him, but two overs later, he dropped a chance at deep square-leg again, this time off Taijul Islam, to let off the same batsman. This time though, Mahmudullah didn't complain about the light, as that would have made him look rather foolish.