PV Sports Desk : Bangladesh need 168 to win the first T20I of the series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
The Afghans scored 71 off the last five overs, with 52 of them coming off the last three overs, in a late flourish to put a competitive total on the board.
A half-century partnership between openers Mohammad Shahzad (40) and Usman Ghani (26) gave them a solid start. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai’s 25 laid the platform for a formidable total but Afghanistan lost their way in the middle overs thanks to tight bowling by the Bangladesh spinners.
They slipped from 62 for no loss to 91 for 4 before Samiullah Shenwari’s 36 off 18 deliveries and Shafiqullah Shafiq’s 24 from only 8 balls got them to the total.
The Bangladeshi pacers led by Rubel Hossain took a hammering as they missed the yorkers.