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12 And Counting! Afghanistan Create New Twenty20 World Record After Win Over Bangladesh

Afghanistan's Cricket Team Continued To Create History In Their Ongoing Tour Of Bangladesh As They Registered Their 12th Straight Twenty20 International Win.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Siddharth Vishwanathan | Updated on: 16 Sep 2019, 11:44:14 AM
Afghanistan registered their 12th straight win in Twenty20 Internationals, beating their previous best of 11. (Image credit: Twitter)

New Delhi:

Afghanistan's tour of Bangladesh is proving to be historic in more ways than one. After winning the one-off Test by 224 runs, Afghanistan joined Australia as the only team to have won two out of their first three Tests. Following their victory in the Test, Afghanistan have gone on to create more history this time in the Twenty20 International format. After winning the game against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by 25 runs in their next game to create a new world record. The win against Bangladesh was their 12th consecutive win in the format, beating their own previous record of 11 which was set in 2016/17 season.

Afghanistan chose to bat against Bangladesh and they were in big trouble at 40/4. However, Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Afghan stitched a vital 79-run stand. Both Nabi and Afghan smashed a six in one over bowled by Taijul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain. Nabi, in particular, cleared the boundary with effortless ease. However, Bangladesh fought back when Mohammad Saifuddin picked up two wickets in the 17th over but the 18th over changed the course of the game totally. Nabi notched up his fifty and he blasted two fours and two sixes off Soumya Sarkar as the 18th over produced 22 runs. Nabi blasted two more sixes off Saifuddin as he ended up on 84 off 54 balls with three fours and seven sixes.

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In response, Bangladesh struggled to get going against Mujeeb Ur Rahman's variations and he ended up with 4/15 in four overs as Afghanistan stayed unbeaten with their second straight win. This was Afghanistan's 12th straight win and it began in 2018 during the series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah. Afghanistan won both games against Zimbabwe by five wickets and 17 runs to sweep the series 2-0.

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However, greater glory was on offer in the June series against Bangladesh in Dehradun. In the three-match series, Afghanistan won all games by margins of 45 runs, six wickets and the final match by one run with Rashid Khan defending seven runs in the final over. They achieved double success against Ireland when they defeated them in the two-match series in Bready as well as in the three-game series in Dehradun. After winning for the eighth time against Zimbabwe, they have defeated Bangladesh yet again.

The previous streak of 11 had begun when they defeated the Twenty20 champions West Indies in Nagpur during the 2016 World T20 and they secured big wins against UAE and Ireland. With Afghanistan performing brilliantly, it is only a matter of time before they win their first major tri-series competition and continue their path of breaking history at a given point in time.

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First Published : 16 Sep 2019, 11:44:14 AM