Brilliant Rashid helps Afghanistan complete 3-0 rout of Bangladesh
Dehradun: Wonder spinner Rashid Khan once again came to his side's rescue and produced a brilliant final over to help Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by one run in the nail-bitting third and final T20 International, en route to a 3-0 series whitewash here on Friday.
Afghanistan scored 145 for six after electing to bat, a target which they defended riding on Rashid's brilliance.
Bangladesh were well on course to winning the inconsequential match after senior pros Mushfiqur Rahim (46 off 37) and Mahmudullah (45 not out off 38) stitched 84 runs for the fifth wicket. In fact, after the penultimate over of Karim Janat which yielded 21 runs, Bangladesh were the firm favourites to win the duel but Rashid single-handedly turned the game upside down by defending nine runs off the final over.
With Bangladesh needing 30 runs off the last two overs, Mushfiqur struck Janat for five consecutive boundaries to bring down the equation to nine off the last over.
But then Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai went to his trump card Rashid, who responded brilliantly by removing a set Mushfiqur with his first delivery and then did enough with his guile to snatch the narrow one-run win for his side.
Besides Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, no other Bangladesh batsmen could make any substantial contribution.
Even though he didn't take too many wickets, Rashid (1/24) eventually turned out to be the difference between the two sides. Earlier with the series already in its bag, Afghanistan wasted a good start to be restricted to a modest 145 for six.