Cricket News Rashid Khan stars again as Afghanistan outclass Bangladesh in T20 series opener

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Leg spinner Rashid Khan carried his lethal IPL form into international cricket as Afghanistan outplayed Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening T20 of the three-match series on Sunday.Rashid came to bowl in the 11th over and put his team in a strong position straightaway by removing the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim (20) and Sabbir Rahman (0) off his first two deliveries. Bangladesh could not recover from the blow and ended at 122 all out in response to Afghanistan’s 167 for eight.The 19-year-old spin sensation was on target from ball one as he found the stumps of Rahim, who failed to execute a reverse sweep.The next ball was a googly and Rahman had no idea where it was heading, trapping him plumb in front of the stumps.Rashid ended with figures of three for 13 in three overs. Bangladesh felt the pressure in the chase from ball one when the other in-form spinner Mujeeb Zadran had the experienced Tamim Iqbal leg before wicket.Spin all-rounder Mohammad Nabi (2/21) took the prized wicket of opposition skipper Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Shapoor Zadran struck thrice though he was a tad expensive.Earlier, Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad (40 off 37) entertained the Dehradun crowd which turned up in huge numbers to watch the first ever international game in the city as well as the state.The enthusiasm amongst the fans was palpable with many walking as much as three kilometers to enter the 25,000 capacity stadium which was surrounded by a heavy security cover. There were teething troubles too at the venue which otherwise looked spic and span.The wicket played slow as expected but Shahzad picked his spots well to bludgeon five boundaries. He shared a 62-run stand for the opening wicket with Usman Ghani (26 off 24), who too hit some lusty blows.The fall of the openers triggered a middle order collapse with Afghanistan feeling the heat at 91 for four from a promising 62 for one in the ninth over.  It was off-spinner Mahmudullah who removed Najibullah Zadran and the seasoned Mohammad Nabi in the 14th over to bring Bangladesh back into the game.However, Samiullah Shenwari (36 off 18) and Shafiqullah Shafiq (24 off 8) displayed brutal hitting in the death overs to take the team to a challenging total on a testing surface. They both smashed three sixes apiece, much to the delight of the crowd.Bangladesh skipper Hasan had opted to field in the maiden international match played at the state of the art Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. last_img read more

Liverpool five-a-side team: Do they really need to play Simon Mignolet?

first_img 5 Roberto Firmino – Like his countryman Coutinho, Firmino’s skills and finishing would make him a great striker. 5 5 5 Emre Can – Can is powerful and an adept defender as well as possessing a fierce long shot, a good option for defence. 5 Jurgen Klopp is still trying to get the best out of his Liverpool team the Premier League this season, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant (sorry Christian Benteke) and the strong-tackling hard-man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf.So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Liverpool five a-side team.Agree with talkSPORT’s selections? Let us know who you would pick in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMARSENAL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN CITY’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN UNITED’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM Nathaniel Clyne (goalie rush) – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Liverpool’s five-a-side team – Strictly speaking, you cannot have rush goalie in five-a-side, but we’ve made an exception for Liverpool, given the goalkeeper alternative. Joe Allen – Controversial perhaps, but Allen has an engine and is a decent passer of the ball which are two key components in five-a-side. Philippe Coutinho – Coutinho is full of tricks and flicks and would be able to squeeze out of any small space with the ball intact. last_img read more