Mohammad Nabi scored a magnificent unbeaten 84 while Mujeeb ur Rahman grabbed 15-4 to help them earn their second successive win in the ongoing Twenty20 tri-nation as they defeated Bangladesh by 25 runs at the Sher-e- Bangla Stadium on Sunday.
Bangladesh batting unit collapsed as they were 149 in 19.5 overs after restricting the tourist to 164-6 in their second game after winning tri-nation opener against Zimbabwe earlier.Bangladesh tried to uplift their tempo by
promoting Mushfiqur Rahim at the top of the batting order but it failed after he goes for the scoop after playing a lovely drive and misses it altogether after Liton was removed in the second ball of the over to open the floodgate for the tourists.
Bangladesh were struggling at 32-4 at one stage and only managed to make a comeback on the back of 58-runs fifth wicket stand between Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman.
Gulbadin Naib removed Mahmudullah for 44 runs to get back into the game while Mujeeb returned back and grabbed the wicket of Sabbir (24) in the next over to bring them on the top.
Tigers were hoping that last match heroes Afif Hossain and Mossadek Hossain will be able to script another rescue act but it went in vain after the former was out trying to go over the top against Gulbadin Naib, making 16 runs.
Earlier, Mohammad Nabi showed his ruthless best, striking an unbeaten 84 off 53 as Afghanistan compiled a competitive 164-6.Asghar Afghan complemented Nabi with 37 ball-40 as the duo combined for a 79-run for the fifth wicket to lay a solid platform after Mohammad Saifuddin and skipper Shakib Al Hasan in combined venture reduced them to 40-4.
Nabi smacked three fours and seven sixes in his knock in a show of clean hitting. Saifuddin ended with his career best 4-33, while Shakib had figures of 2-18 in a measly bowling effort but they couldn’t stop Nabi from making the carnage that made the Afghan’s total healthy on a pitch that became slower as the time progressed.
Saifuddin rattled the stump of Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the very first ball of the innings with an intriguing leg-cutter after Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan opted to bat first.
Skipper Shakib then took out dangerman Hazratullah Zazai for 1 while Saifuddin dismissed Najeeb Tarakai for 11. Shakib then dealt a killer blow, taking out the wicket of inform Najibullah Zadran for 5.
As it looked Bangladesh established its control over the game, Asghar Afghan and Nabi shattered the hopes with a whirlwind partnership.
Afghan however survived on 31 when Taijul Islam had him caught by Liton Das with a no ball.
Afghan added just 9 runs then before Saifuddin got him. Nabi was unstoppable and helped the side amass 55 runs in the last five overs to make the score healthy one.