Shakib Al Hasan drew 1-24 before beating Bangladesh in the final group match of the Tri-Series with a superb 70 * victory over Afghanistan with four goals.
Afghanistan was the first to fight, and after a steady start, it started to increase the pace, taking down only 12 of the top three overs. Three borders before four deliveries of Shafiul Islam signaled a change of intent, and soon enough the tourists rode, with seven boundaries ranging between six and nine.
After Hazratullah Zazai had driven to 75/0 after nine overs, a girl with two wickets from Afif Hossain changed the procedure. He played and disappeared twice before he prevailed for a brisk 47, and Asghar Afghan met a duck for a long time.
When Mustafizur Rahman Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the other batsman of Afghanistan, had been released and caught, Bangladesh was back in the game, and they continued to strike regularly. Five different bowlers had something to shout about, including Shakib, whose LBW dismissal of Mohammad Nabi was his 350th in the T20 cricket, and while Shafiqullah recovered part of the swing with 23 of 17, Afghanistan’s 138/7 looked like a paltry target out.
Shortly after the start of the chase, following a superb breakout of the Afghan opening match, it looked gigantic when Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq both made opener appearances and just 17 runs between them in five Overs Pinpoint Spin and Seam. Both are still in their teens, and the latter is making his T20I debut. This suggests that the future for Afghanistan cricket is promising.
Sometimes there is nothing better than experience, and a measured half-century gap between the old hands Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim brought Bangladesh back into the competition. Although Shakib was able to find the border frequently, Afghanistan has done its best to restrict the flow of runs, and eventually, Mushfiqur became frustrated, taking Karim Janat for a 25-ball 26.
The game really did turn after a delay due to a floodlighting, with Bangladesh losing 3-11 after an unwanted break. Two scalpels for Skipper Rashid Khan and a scalpel for debutant Naveen let the hosts compete against it, although, with Shakib in the middle, no game is really gone.
He pushed past his 19th T20I and seemed calm, but needed someone to stay with him. Mosaddek Hossain was this man and he led Rashid for four before Shakib won the Leg Spinner for ten in two balls.
Suddenly, Bangladesh needed nine runs from the last two overs, and they drove home without a hitch and took the momentum into the triathlon finale on Tuesday, September 24th.