Haratullah Zazai struck an unbeaten fifty to equalize the series 1-1 with a crushing eight-wicket victory for Afghanistan against Bangladesh in the final T20Is at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Zazai smacked a 59 off 45 balls while Usman Ghani chipped with 47 off 48 balls to take Afghanistan to 121-2 with 14 balls to go.
Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai struck thrice each while Rashid Khad ended with one wicket each to restrict the Tigers to 115-9.
For Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim finished with the highest 30 off 25 balls while Mahmudullah ended with 21 off 14 balls.
Batting first winning in the toss the Russell Domingo charges lost their four top-order batters in 9.3 overs amassing 45 runs.
In the opening slot Munim Shahriar and Mohammad Naimwere removed for 4, 13 respectively while Liton Das who was sent at four and smacked a 60 off 44 balls in the last game dismissed for 13 by Azmatullah Omarzai.
Shakib Al Hasan also couldn’t be instrumental as he was concluded with a sluggish 9 off 15 by AzmatullahOmarzai.
In the fifth wicket stand, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq added 43 off just 31 balls to reconstruct the innings however they couldn’t carry on their momentum forth after Mahmudullah was trapped leg before by Rashid after becoming the first Bangladeshi batter in T20Is to bag 2,000 runs.
Following his exit, Mushfiq, followed the footsteps of his fellow just two over’s later leaving his side for a stuttering 99-6.
In the lower order, other batters failed to beyond a double-digit to end on a sorry 115.
Pursing a paltry 116 Afghanistan batters found life difficult in the true surface of the SBNC as they lost their opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 3 inside the second over.
It would have been two if Nasum Ahmed wouldn’t slip a dolly from Hazratullah Zazaiin his very first over for a duck.
In the second wicket stand Hazratullah Zazai alongside Usman Ghani added 99 runs to leave the visitors for a daunting 103-2 in 15.1 overs before the latter was removed for 47 off 48 balls with consecutive two lives in the middle by Afif Hossain and Mohammad Naim for 40, 45 respectively.
In the third wicket stand formed 18 runs to reach the tourists to the shore of the victory.