Tigers rebound or series win for Afghans?

Afghanistan have put Bangladesh under fire after they handed the Tigers a cracking 45-run victory in the first T20I at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Dehradun. The teams will return to play the second T20I after one day gap. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সিরিজ বাঁচানোর লড়াইয়ে রাতে মাঠে নামছে বাংলাদেশ] 

Tigers rebound or series win for Afghans?
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It was the first time Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in this format. They posted 167/8 on board after being sent in to bat. Bangladesh were knocked out for 122 runs in 19 overs.

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Afghan spin trio — Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi were clinical on Sunday’s victory. They shared six wickets among them. Rashid was the Man of the Match as bagged three wickets for 13 runs. He became the joint-second fastest (31 matches) to take 50 wickets in T20I cricket.

Mahmudullah Riyad, the part-time off-spinner, was the standout among Bangladeshi bowlers with 2 wickets for 1 run in one over. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan was economical. He took 1 for 19. He needs to take one more wicket to take his 500th international cricket. If he does so, he will be the third player to have a double of 10000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket.

After a big win, Afghanistan are likely to play with the same XI. They need one win to register their fourth T20I series win over a full-member nation. They won previous three against Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh may include Soumya Sarkar and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in place of Mosaddek Hossain and Abul Hasan Raju. The pitch is expected to assist spinners. So, Miraz could be effective.

Likely XIs:

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Usman Ghani, Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Abul Hasan Raju/Ariful Islam, Abu Jayed Rahi/Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu

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