The first T20I, played amidst some chaos and much fanfare, ended in a lopsided 45-run win for Afghanistan whose stalwarts stepped up their game and never let Bangladesh dominate proceedings after posting 167/8. Mujeeb and Rashid wasted no time in making an impact with the ball once the Bangladesh chase started. Both dismissed a top Bangladesh batsmen off their first delivery — Mujeeb got Tamim Iqbal leg before while Rashid castled Mushfiqur Rahim. Rashid trapped Sabbir Rahman off the next ball and was on a hat-trick.
The off-spin of veteran Mohammad Nabi made sure that batsmen didn’t put the other young spinners under any sort of pressure with figures of 2/21 in four overs even as Rashid stole the limelight with 3/13 in three overs.
As much as the bowlers made an impact, the Afghan batsmen can also claim credit for the victory. Mohammad Shahzad bided time on the sluggish pitch and set a platform for his mates down the order with a 37-ball 40. Smiullah Shenwari and Shafiqullah Shafiq then clobbered 36 (18b) and 34 (8b) respectively to deflate the Bangladeshi attack.