1st T20 Highlights Video: Bangladesh Beat Afghanistan in Thriller

Bangladesh survived a late scare to beat Afghanistan by two wickets in the first T20I in Sylhet on Friday.

Defending a modest total of 154, Afghanistan struck early, dismissing Rony Talukdar and Najmul Hossain Shanto in the powerplay. Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan tried to accelerate the innings, but they were both dismissed in quick succession.

Bangladesh were in trouble at 64 for 4, but Towhid Hridoy and Shamim Hossain put on a crucial 73-run stand to get them back on track. Hridoy was the aggressor, hitting 47 off 32 balls, while Shamim played the supporting role with 33 off 25 balls.

With Bangladesh needing two runs off the last five balls, pacer Karim Janat took a hat-trick to keep Afghanistan in the game. However, Shoriful Islam hit the winning boundary in the next ball to give Bangladesh a thrilling victory.

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Earlier, Mohammad Nabi’s 54 off 40 helped Afghanistan post a competitive total. He was well supported by Azmatullah Omarzai, who scored 33 off 18 balls.

Bangladesh’s bowlers were impressive in the early stages, but they were unable to contain Afghanistan in the death overs.

The win gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second T20I will be played on Sunday in Sylhet.

Key Takeaways

  • Bangladesh won a thrilling match by two wickets.
  • Towhid Hridoy and Shamim Hossain’s 73-run stand was crucial for Bangladesh.
  • Karim Janat took a hat-trick in the final over, but Shoriful Islam hit the winning boundary.
  • Mohammad Nabi scored 54 for Afghanistan, while Azmatullah Omarzai scored 33.
  • Bangladesh lead the series 1-0.
  • Bangladesh’s bowlers were disciplined in the early stages, restricting Afghanistan to 52 for 4 in the powerplay.
  • Mohammad Nabi and Azmatullah Omarzai put on a crucial partnership of 56 for the sixth wicket to help Afghanistan post a competitive total.
  • Bangladesh’s middle order struggled early on, but Towhid Hridoy and Shamim Hossain put on a crucial partnership to get them back on track.
  • Karim Janat took a hat-trick in the final over, but Shoriful Islam hit the winning boundary to give Bangladesh a thrilling victory.
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What’s Next?

The second T20I will be played on Sunday in Sylhet. The third and final T20I will be played on Tuesday in Dhaka.

The match was a thrilling contest, with both teams playing some excellent cricket. Bangladesh will be hoping to build on their win in the second T20I on Sunday.