Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan carried his lethal Indian Premier League (IPL) form into international cricket as Afghanistan outplayed Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening T20 of the three-match series on Sunday night in India.
The match was held at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium of India.
Rashid came to bowl in the 11th over and put his team in a strong position straightaway by removing the experienced Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman off his first two deliveries. Bangladesh could not recover from the blow and ended at 122 all out in response to Afghanistan's 167 for eight.
Rashid ended with figures of three for 13 in three overs. Bangladesh felt the pressure in the chase from ball one when the other in-form spinner Mujeeb Zadran had the experienced Tamim Iqbal leg before wicket.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi took the prized wicket of opposition skipper Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Shapoor Zadran struck thrice though he was a tad expensive.
Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad entertained the Dehradun crowd which turned up in huge numbers to watch the first-ever international game in the city as well as the state.
The fall of the openers triggered a middle-order collapse with Afghanistan feeling the heat at 91 for four from a promising 62 for one in the ninth over.
It was off-spinner Mahmudullah who removed Najibullah Zadran and the seasoned Mohammad Nabi in the 14th over to bring Bangladesh back into the game.