Rashid Khan takes four wickets as Afghanistan seal T20 series against Bangladesh

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To the four: Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan took four scalps as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by six wickets in Dehradun to win their first T20 series over the Tigers.

Tamim Iqbal’s 43 from 48 balls helped Bangladesh to a total of 134 for eight from their 20 overs with Afghanistan bowler Rashid taking four for 12 from his four overs.

Afghanistan, who lead the series 2-0 ahead of Thursday’s final game, chased the total down with seven balls to spare thanks to Samiullah Shenwari’s 49 from 41 balls. Mohammad Nabi was unbeaten on 31.

It appeared the ‘hosts’ would be in trouble after finding themselves 79-3 in the 14th over but Nabi hit three fours and two sixes in his 15-ball blitz.

But it was the 19-year-old Rashid, who stole the show as his triple strike in an over rattled Bangladesh. He was denied a hat-trick after Tamim Iqbal (43) and Mosaddek Hossain was out in consecutive balls.

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Afghanistan leg-spinners Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan made a big statement during a comprehensive 45-run win over Bangladesh in the first T20 in Dehradun on Sunday.

Mujeeb was playing his first match after returning from a hand injury that kept him out of the final stages of the IPL where he had picked up 14 wickets for Kings XI Punjab, while Rashid was looking to continue his fine form which saw him snare 21 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Both leg-spinners were in top form against the Tigers as they bowled the ‘visitors’ out for 122 in 19 overs in their new ‘home’ ground of Dehradun.

Mujeeb dismissed opener Tamim Iqbal lbw off the first ball of the innings and finished with 1-20 while Rashid was nearly unplayable, picking up 3-13 from three overs.

The Indian team management will have a lot on their plate as they formulate a plan to tackle the spinners who will be the main threat when the two teams clash in Afghanistan’s inaugural Test in Bengaluru on June 14.

India will be without regular captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. The Indians will be led by Ajinkya Rahane who is more comfortable against pace than spin, which means a big chunk of India’s batting will find the going tough.

Moreover, Rashid and Mujeeb dismissed India’s premier batsmen through classic Test dismissals during the IPL. Both spinners bowled Kohli through the gate while KL Rahul and MS Dhoni also lost their woodwork to clever bowling from Rashid. The three are some of the best players of spin so expect the pressure to intensify when they have the red ball in hand.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun. Image: Twitter.

Afghanistan will ‘host’ Bangladesh for a three-match T20 series which begins in the northern Indian city of Dehradun on Sunday.

Dehradun is Afghanistan’s second ‘home’ base in India after Greater Noida, near the national capital of New Delhi.

Afghanistan are scheduled to play India in their inaugural Test in Bengaluru on June 14.

Recently, the BCCI announced that all international teams visiting India will play one practice game against Afghanistan to provide regular international exposure to the team.

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