After the bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 115, Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani helped knock the target off easily
Afghanistan 121 for 2 (Zazai 59*, Ghani 47, Mahmudullah 1-2) beat Bangladesh 115 for 9 (Mushfiqur 30, Farooqi 3-18, Omarzai 3-22) by eight wickets
Zazai struck his third T20I fifty, but both batters took advantage of Bangladesh’s poor catching. Nasum Ahmed, who took four wickets in the first game, dropped Zazai’s skier in the first over itself off his own bowling when the batter hadn’t even opened his account. Afif Hossain and Mohammad Naim then dropped Ghani twice at deep midwicket, on 39 and 41, respectively, both off Mahedi Hasan.
Earlier, Afghanistan didn’t allow Bangladesh off the hook with the ball. Farooqi and Omarzai, young fast bowlers who have impressed on this Bangladesh tour, took three wickets each. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan also took one apiece, as Afghanistan never let the home side to get close to even the seven-run-an-over mark throughout the innings.
Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 30 in his 100th T20I, as Bangladesh failed to replicate how they had batted in the first game.
Farooqi, Omarzai all over Bangladesh
Omarzai removed the in-form Litton Das in the fifth over of the Bangladesh innings when the batter chipped one to deep square leg, where Sharafuddin Ashraf took a pretty good catch. And after Karim Janat’s direct hit caught an unsuspecting Mohammad Naim short in the ninth over, Omarzai also removed Shakib when he top-edged a pull.
Full report to follow…
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84