After ensuring the ODI series against Afghanistan, Bangladesh have started the two-match T20 series with a great victory. Yesterday, they faced the Afghans at Mirpur Sher-E-Bangla Cricket Ground in the first T20 of the series. In this match, the Bengal tigers beat the visitors by 61 runs. The home team now has a great chance to seal the T20 series. Tomorrow, both teams will play the last game of the T20 series.
Mahmudullah Riyad, the Bangladesh T20 captain, won the toss and decided to bat first against the Afghans. Two players of the home team, Munim Shahriar and Yasir Ali made their debut in international T20 cricket through this match. On the other hand, Afghanistan played with an unchanged team.
However, the starting of Bangladesh was not very smooth. Debutante Munim Shahriar started the innings with Mohammad Naim. But they couldn’t make a long partnership. In the 3rd over, Bangladesh lost the first wicket as the opener Mohammad Naim departed with two runs only. After that, Liton Kumar Das came on the pitch and tried to play a long innings. But the next two batsmen couldn’t stay at the wicket.
Munim Shahriar had to go back to the pavilion as Rashid Khan picked up the wicket. In addition, Bangladesh lost another batsman in the 8th over. This time, Shakib Al Hasan has departed after scoring only five runs. On the other hand, Liton Das fought alone, just like in the ODI series. He scored the highest 60 runs before losing the wicket to Fazalhaq Farooqi. However, Afif Hossain added 26 runs at the last moment. As a result, Bangladesh gave a target of 156 to Afghanistan.
Chasing down a challenging score, the Afghans couldn’t even compete in this match. They consistently lost the wickets. Nasum Ahmed, the Bangladeshi spinner, broke the base of the Afghan batting line-up. In the first over, he took the wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz. He picked up another one in the third over.
Due to the aggression of the Bangladeshi bowlers, Afghanistan became all-out in 94 runs. As a result, the home team started the innings with a comfortable victory. However, Nasum Ahmed got four wickets, which has been his best bowling figure in the T20 format.