Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I

Afghanistan won by 1 run

AFG - 145/6 (20)
BAN - 144/6 (20)

CRR:  7.20
BattingR(B)4s6sSR
Ariful Haque*5(3)00166.67
BowlingOMRW
Karim Janat*40441
Rashid Khan40241
Partnership: 5(5)
Last wkt: Mahmudullah run out (Shafiqullah/Karim Janat/Mohammad Shahzad) 45(38) - 144/6 in 20.0 ov.
Recent balls: ... | 4 4 4 4 4 1 | W 1 2 1 1 W2
Commentary

The red ball holds a new challenge for them, but for now, the night belongs to Afghanistan. What a fantastic Test side this could potentially become! Bangladesh, on the other hand, have some tough questions to answer as their batting line-up, known to dominate spin, has been found wanting against the Mujeeb-Rash duo. So that's that folks! This is an entranced Rishi Roy, bidding you good night on behalf of Akshay Maanay and Raju Peethala! Stay tuned to Crictable for the latest in cricket, always. Ciao!

Stanikzai receives the trophy for Afghanistan, and the rest of the team joins him up on the podium! There are 7 days left for the entire Afghanistan XI to make their Test debuts, and they have a made a good start, by clean-sweeping a Test-playing nation comprehensively in the subcontinent (albeit, with the white ball).

Harsha Bhogle: Meanwhile Rashid Khan has defended 9 off the last over to give Afghanistan a clean sweep over Bangladesh. Amazing result for Afghanistan and further proof of Rashid's phenomenal development

Stanikzai: It was a great preparation for the Test (against India). If you can beat a Test playing team even in T20, it automatically increases the morale. The boys did really well. When the team is in form, everything seems to go really well. Thanks to the CM. I thank the crowd who made the ground beautiful and I really appreciate the noise you made in this series.

Shakib: We were better than the first two games. But disappointing the way we played this series and we need to come up with better plans. We restricted them to a reasonable total. We are a good enough batting side to chase that, but in the middle overs we conceded too much and that costed us. Mushfiq and Mahmudullah did really well, but we need to know how to close it off. They have some quality spinners and they were the better side on the night.

Rashid Khan, Man of the Series: Quite happy with the performance, and the best part is that we won. I'm focused on looking at the positives, and thankfully it worked out for me. The ball was gripping a little, and if I bowled in the good length area, it was turning quite a bit. I just try to bowl googlies and leg-breaks and enjoy the game, and enjoy every ball I bowl. In the last one year, I have tried to stay fit, and improve upon my fitness, which has changed everything. I have managed to contribute in the field, with ball and bat. Thanks to the crowd for coming out here and supporting us.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Man of the Match: We knew how the wicket would behave and we knew it was going to difficult on this track. We were few runs short in the final overs; you can't expect 20-odd runs to be made in the second-last over. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they played well. It's disheartening because even though we lost the series, we were playing for pride. I think 145+ was a par score, especially with a bowling attack like Afghanistan. They exploited the surface very well, and they did well overall in the entire series. Mahmudullah and I managed to build a partnership, but we needed a few more boundaries I think. Even off the last ball, it could have gone either way, but I think these things happen in cricket and we'll look to come back stronger next time.

A pitch that was true first up, but started to slow down during the course of the first innings, allowed Afghanistan to compile 145 with a great deal of character. Bangladesh started off poorly, as they once again struggled against Mujeeb and Nabi, and stooped to their lowest when they managed two identical run-outs in an over. It all looked bleak for the Tigers, until Mushy, their great warrior, bludgeoned five consecutive boundaries in the penultimate over and managed 21 off the over, to bring the equation down to 9 off 6. But Stanikzai had an ace up his sleeve: the world's number one T20I bowler. But the UFF (Unidentified Flying Fielder. Edit: It was Shafiqullah Shafiq) stole the show, and we are still trying to figure out who it was. Saved the game by literally an inch, as even the great Rashid almost conceded a six off the last ball. Spare a thought for Ariful Haque, who nearly pulled off a last-ball six, and missed his knighthood by a kitten's whisker. And of course, for Mushy... Need I say more?

23:35 Local Time: What an extraordinary game of cricket! Bangladesh, a Test playing nation that is yet to come of age, and another nation that is yet to play its first Test. And they have managed to produce a thriller for the ages in Dehradun. After all the wild celebrations from the Afghanistan players, they gather themselves to take a walk around the ground to appreciate the support they have got throughout the series.

BAN: 144-6 after 20 overs

19.6 Rashid Khan to A Haque, out Mahmudullah Run Out!! 2 runs completed. Afghanistan win by one run. We are about to give you a description for the ages. A flat flipper on middle, a slog-sweep down the ground, it was on its way for six! And the fielder at long-on has just pulled off the unthinkable under pressure. Apparently Afghanistan is new to Test cricket. Nope, they look like they've been playing for centuries! Such calm under pressure. Here's what happened: The ball was on its way for six, but the long-on fielder, running to his left, grabs it and just as his left foot is about to land outside the boundary, he flicks it into the playing area. Great presence of mind, but wait, game's not over! Bangladesh had four to win, and they're running their third at this point, but the fielder from long-off runs in and throws it to the keeper's end, where Shahzad collects it and breaks the stumps with the ferocity befitting a man who needs to vent his frustrations of getting nutmegged. Game - Set - Match to Afghanistan! Mahmudullah run out (Shafiqullah/Nabi/Mohammad Shahzad) 45(38) [4s-3 6s-2]

Rashid Khan to A Haque, THATS OUT!! Run Out!!

Four off one! The field spreads out.

19.5 Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, flat and quick on the stumps, and an along-the-ground broom away to deep mid-wicket for a single

19.4 Rashid Khan to A Haque, 1 run, full one outside off, Haque tries to loft over the in-field, gets an edge towards short third man for a single

19.3 Rashid Khan to A Haque, 2 runs, googly outside off, Haque gets an inside edge as he tries the sweep, the ball nutmegs the keeper, and goes away to fine leg as they pick up a couple

Equation: 8 off 4

19.2 Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, down leg again, a sweep, and a tickle to short fine leg for a quick single

Ariful Haque, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.1 Rashid Khan to Rahim, out Caught by Najibullah! Rash, you friggin' beauty! Not the best delivery to be honest, a fullish one on middle, and a hard sweep towards cow corner, and a spectacular catch under pressure by Najibullah who stays low as the ball's trajectory brought it dipping down and collects it calmly. Rahim c Najibullah b Rashid Khan 46(37) [4s-7]

Rashid Khan to Rahim, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

Can Rashid defend 9 off 6? This is a thriller in Dehradun! Rashid Khan, the number 1 T20I bowler in the world up against the genius of Mushy!