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155/8 (20)
94/10 (17.4)
BAN won by 61 runs.
Player of the match: Nasum Ahmed
 
That's all we have for now though. This has been Pratyush Rohra, alongside my co-commentator, Sooryanarayan Sesha. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of this contest, as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. That's all, folks! Buh-bye for now! 
Right then. After clinching the ODI series, Bangladesh have ensured that they take an unassailable lead in this two-match T20I series. It's their third-highest win in terms of runs, against an Afghan outfit that backs themselves in the shortest format. The hosts continue to prove to be home-track bullies, racking up wins in bi-lateral series for a while now. They'll look to wrap up this white-ball tour with another win in the final T20I, which will be played on 5th March. You can catch all the live-action from that one, right here at Sportskeeda.
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh Captain): It was very pleasing to see how the boys fought out there with the bat and the ball and the energy was superb to see. I think it was defendable because we were looking to score 155-165. I think it was a challenging total on this wicket and the bowlers bowled really well up top. Nasum bowled really well and it was a match-changing spell. Having said that, Liton batted really well too. Once he gets going he's really good to see. Afif batted well too with him. Happy for the boys - it was an important win for us against a team like Afghanistan who are very good in this format. Hopefully we can turn up again and win the next game.
Nasum Ahmed (Player of the Match) roughly translated: The plan was to come and bowl early on, to try and pick up wickets. That worked out today. The plan was to keep things tight in the powerplay. Dry up the runs, put up the pressure and pick up the wickets. Worked out all well today!
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan Captain): The boys bowled really well. The pitch was really good for batting. We though we could chase that score. We threw away our wickets in the Powerplay and that's why we were under pressure as a batting group. Four wickets in the first four overs in the Powerplay put us on the backfoot. We will try our best for the next game.
Bangladesh win by 61 runs. (Nasum Ahmed - 4/10, Shoriful Islam - 3/29)

It's a thumping victory for the hosts as they brush aside Afghanistan in the first of the two T20Is. After a bit of a wobble with the bat, it was Liton Das' stylish half-century that allowed Bangladesh to post their highest total on the board against Afghanistan. Without a doubt, it proved to be more than a handful for the visitors.

Their run-chase was a bit of a disaster from start to finish. Nasum Ahmed played wrecker in chief with his four-fer to breeze past the Bangladesh top-order, while Shoriful, Shakib and Mustafizur wrapped up the rest of the job to lead their side to a commanding win. Apart from a steadying slow partnership between Nabi and Zadran, it was a sorry-looking scorecard for the Afghans.

The Afghan batters have themselves to blame for that batting performance. On a surface that had no real demons, they threw their wickets away to allow the Bangla Tigers to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Stick around for the presentations.
That will be that, then. Shoriful Islam ends up three in his kitty. It's a drubbing from Bangladesh as they brush aside this Afghanistan side by a massive margin of 61 runs. They've bounced back brilliantly in the shortest format to register a crowd-pleasing win. Handshakes all around as the two sides complete the formalities.
17.4 Shoriful Islam to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, OUT! GAME, SET AND MATCH! Almost fittingly, it's another wicket that follows a boundary as Shoriful seals it with his third! Dug into the track outside off, Mujeeb backs away and heaves it powerfully over mid-wicket but yet again, an Afghan batter fails to get enough on it. Bangladesh have barely dropped anything today and there's no way Afif was going to make a hash of that in the deep. Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 61 runs to go 1-0 up in the series!
17.3 Shoriful Islam to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, FOUR! Full and angling into middle and leg, Mujeeb makes room and swings uppishly along the mid-wicket region. He beats the dive of the fielder to his left as he rams into the boundary ropes himself!
Fazalhaq Farooqi, RHB, is the last man in 
Afghanistan are sinking quicker than the Titanic! Another sinks in Mirpur. 
17.2 Shoriful Islam to Qais Ahmad, OUT! NINE DOWN NOW! Yet another instance of a bowler's riposte to a boundary producing a wicket - short of a length slower delivery just outside off, Qais steps out and clogs it way into the sky as it gets high on the bat. The bowler runs to his right and calls for it himself before keeping his eyes on the ball to pouch it carefully. Afghanistan in danger of being bundled out here!

Qais Ahmad c & b Shoriful Islam 8 (9b 1x4 0x6)
17.1 Shoriful Islam to Qais Ahmad, FOUR! SLAPPED! Short outside off from around the wicket, Qais hangs back and flat-bats it past the dive of mid-off before threading the outfield to pick out the ropes.
Just three more overs to go now. Afghanistan need 70 runs in 18 balls. Pretty straightforward in terms of the result, eh?
17
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86 /8 score
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cricket bat icon Qais Ahmad
4 (7)
cricket bat icon Mujeeb Ur Rahman *
0 (2)
cricket ball icon Mustafizur Rahman
1 /19
16.6 Shoriful Islam to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, full and angling across the channel, Mujeeb's feet are cemented to the ground as he swings with gay abandon, only to make contact with the thin, Mirpur air around him!
16.5 Shoriful Islam to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, short in length and nipping away outside off, Mujeeb stands tall and goes feeling for it only to see it whistle well past the edge. Good carry as well!
16.4 Mustafizur Rahman to Qais Ahmad, slower length delivery outside off, Qais walks across and laps it around the corner before deep backward square picks up to his right. Just a single!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, RHB, comes to the crease
That's the death knell rining for Afghanistan now. Bangladesh are just two wickets away from victory.