Srinagar: The in-form Afghanistan team has comfortably beaten Bangladesh by a huge margin of 45 runs in the first Twenty20 match at Dehradun to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
Riding high on a knock of 40 by opening batsman and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan posted a decent total (167/8) in the allotted 20 overs while batting first.
In reply to Afghanistan’s score, Bangladesh lost their star left-handed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal without troubling the scorers.
The team kept losing wickets at regular intervals, thanks to magical bowling spells from sensational leg-spinner Rashid Khan and young Mujeeb Ur Rehman.
Rashid Khan claimed three wickets in his four overs conceding only 13 runs. Mujeeb also bowled tightly and took a wicket for 20 runs from his quota of four overs.
Bangladesh were all out for 122 in 19 overs.
Only Liton Das (30) and Mahmudullah (29) made respectable scores for Bangladesh.