Afif leads Bangladesh win in 2nd T20I

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Australia Tour of Bangladesh 2021

Second T20I

Venue : Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Toss : Australia won the toss and decided to bat first.

Australia : 121/7 in 20 overs (Marsh 45, Henriques 30, Starc 13*; Mustafizur 3/23, Shoriful 2/27, Mahedi 1/12)

Bangladesh : 123/5 in 18.4 overs (Afif 37*, Shakib 26, Mahedi 23; Agar 1/17, Hazlewood 1/21, Zampa 1/24)

Result : Bangladesh won by 5 wickets.

Player of the Match : Afif Hossain.

Bangladesh maintained their winning ways in the T20I series with another comfortable 5-wicket win against Australia. Chasing 122, Afif made the difference with his unbeaten 37 runs knock. With the win, Tigers lead the 5-match series 2-0. Third match of the series will be held on August 6 at the same venue.

Just like the first T20I, the the visiting side won the toss again but this time they opted to bat first. Bangladesh made no change in the playing from the first match.

Mahedi Hasan again the gave the first breakthrough by dismissing Carey second match in a row for 11. Mustafizur then removed the other opener Philippe on 10 with a brilliant delivery. Then in-from M. Marsh and Henriques added 57 runs but both gout in the wrong time to make way for Bangladesh fightback. Marsh again dimissed after scoring 45.

Two seamer Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam kept the next batsmen in pressure as Australia struggled for quick runs at the later part of the innings before posting 121 for 7. ‘The Fizz’ grabbed 3 wickets for 23.

Aussie quicks made it hard for Bangladesh openers and dismissed them cheaply with 21 runs on the board. Shakib Al Hasan then eased the pressure with a cameo knock of 26 off 17 balls. After his departure, Australia suddenly reduced Bangladesh 67 for 5 with the wickets of Mahmudullah and Mahedi Hasan in span of two overs.

Run rate was still under control, but Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan found themselves  under huge pressure. But the pair took their time and played with a calm head as slowly runs were coming from both hands.

Nurul played sensibly while his partner Afif showed some aggression during his 31-ball 37-run knock including 5 fours and 1 six. The left handed batsman hit the winning boundary in the to seal the match with 8 balls to spare. Nurul was not out on 22. Agar, Hazlewood, Zampa, Tye and Starc shared 1 wicket each.

Afif Hossain named the player of the match.