Afghanistan bounced back and leveled the T20 series

In a thoroughly impressive performance, Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai led the way as their team leveled the series with a gripping victory in the second T20I. Afghanistan bowlers never allowed the home side to get into a rhythm, resulting in the home side being all out only 115.

Young Afghanistan fast bowlers Farooqi and Omarzai impressed on this Bangladesh tour, taking three wickets each. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan also shared one wicket each and Bangladesh failed to get going.

In the fifth over of Bangladesh’s innings, Omarzai removed Das Litton Das who failed to replicate what he had in the first T20. This batter got caught at the deep square leg, where Sharafuddin Ashraf took a pretty good catch. 

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The Tigers failed to form partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals in front of Farooqi and Omarzai who conceded 40 runs between themselves in their eight overs. 

Afghanistan’s players celebrate after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP)

Mushfiqur Rahim, the top scorer for the host side, tried to keep the wheel moving with Mahmudullah Riad. Both of them added 43 runs for the fifth wicket to fight back but ended up their efforts in 30 and 21 runs respectively. 

Bangladesh batsmen found themselves in trouble and precarious position in their innings, with just 99 runs on the board for six wickets after 17 overs. The remaining batsmen also struggled to get boundaries and were only able to score one boundary. They contributed only 15 runs on the board. 

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Bangladesh bowlers had the tough responsibility of restricting the Afghan batsmen and they had their early success with Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s wicket. They could have had the game in their control. But the fielders disappointed them with a lot of frustrations. 

Domingo said, “We make too many mistakes in the field that have cost us. It cost us in the World Cup, here, Test matches. Just too many dropped catches.”

He also added, “I don’t think the pitches were easy to bat on today. It wasn’t a 115 pitch, but it wasn’t also a 160 pitch. If we got 135 we were in the game.”

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Zazai could have been gone when he didn’t score a single run. Then, he and Usman Ghani sailed their team with a 99-run stand to reach a healthy position. Though Zazai had a slow start, he reached his fifty. He remained unbeaten on 59 and Ghani departed with a three-run short from his fifty. 

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