Dehradun - Teen sensation Rashid Khan led an inspired spin
attack to help Afghanistan trounce Bangladesh by 45 runs in the first Twenty20
international on Sunday.
Khan claimed three wickets with his wily leg-spin to help
bowl out Bangladesh for 122 as hosts Afghanistan took a 1-0 lead in the
three-match series in the northern Indian city of Dehradun.
Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman struck with the first ball of
the innings to trap Tamim Iqbal lbw for nought.
Fellow spinner Mohammad Nabi soon joined in to claim the two
crucial wickets of Liton Das, for 30, and Shakib Al Hasan, for 15, as
Bangladesh were reduced to 3-64.
The 19-year-old Khan then broke Bangladesh's back with two
successive strikes in his very first over to derail the chase.
He returned impressive bowling figures of 3-13 in his three
overs. Paceman Shapoor Zadran also took three wickets including Mahmudullah's
prized scalp for 29.
Earlier opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad top-scored with 40
to help Afghanistan post 167-8 after being put into bat first.
Samiullah Shenwari, who hit an 18-ball 36, and Shafiqullah
Shafiq, who made 24 off 8 balls, provided a late blitz to take the attack to
the opposition bowlers.
Paceman Abul Hasan and off-spinner Mahmudullah took two
The Asghar Stanikzai-led Afghanistan, who are tuning up for
their debut Test against India starting June 14, next take on the visitors on
Tuesday at the same venue.