BAN vs AFG: Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in the second T20 international on Sunday to win the two-match series 2-0. Liton Das top-scored for Bangladesh with 35, while Afif Hossain made 24. Taskin Ahmed took 3-33 for Bangladesh, who restricted Afghanistan to 116-7 in a rain-reduced 17 overs.
Afghanistan had won the toss and elected to bat, but they struggled against the Bangladesh bowlers. Only Mohammad Nabi (31) and Karim Janat (24) made significant contributions.
Bangladesh made a steady start in their chase, with Liton and Afif putting on 67 for the first wicket. After Liton was dismissed, Shakib Al Hasan (18) and Shamim Hossain (17) saw Bangladesh home with five balls to spare.
The win was Bangladesh’s first against Afghanistan in T20 cricket, and their third consecutive series victory in the format. They had previously beaten world champions England 3-0 and Scotland 2-1 earlier this year.
The series win was a welcome boost for Bangladesh, who have been struggling in Test and ODI cricket in recent years. They will be hoping that the momentum from their T20 success can carry over into their other formats.
BAN vs AFG Key Players
- Liton Das: The Bangladesh opener was in fine form, scoring 35 off 33 balls. He hit four fours and a six in his innings.
- Afif Hossain: The Bangladesh batsman made 24 off 22 balls, including two fours and a six. He put on a solid opening partnership with Liton.
- Taskin Ahmed: The Bangladesh bowler was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-33 in his four overs. He dismissed Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, and Rashid Khan.
- Mohammad Nabi: The Afghanistan captain was the top scorer for his side, making 31 off 27 balls. He hit three fours and a six in his innings.
- Karim Janat: The Afghanistan all-rounder made 24 off 20 balls, including two fours and a six. He also took 1-17 in his two overs.
BAN vs AFG What’s Next?
Bangladesh will next play a three-match ODI series against West Indies, starting on July 20. Afghanistan, meanwhile, will play a three-match ODI series against Pakistan, starting on July 21.