What ‘Leggy’ Rashid Khan could do, Batter Liton couldn’t


All calculations turned out in favor. Bangladesh could have reached the semi-finals only if they scored 116 runs in 12.1 overs against Afghanistan at Arnos Valley in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Tuesday.

But Nazmul Hossain Shantor’s team could not do that. From the beginning, it seemed that the Tigers set out to score 116 runs off 67 balls. But before 6 overs of the power play, it was understood that it was not the goal of the semis, but an attempt to save the Afghans by defeating them in the last game.

In the end it didn’t happen either. In other words, Shantar’s team could not reach the target despite having the opportunity to bat 19 overs. It was seen that what Bangladesh’s established batsmen cannot do, the legspin googly bowler Rashid Khan can do.

Thinking, Afghanistan won the match by pacer Naveen Ul Haq’s explosive bowling. He is the man of the match. Why is Rashid Khan talking about it?

Coming because, officially the man of the match is Naveen, but actually the architect and hero of Afghanistan’s victory in today’s match is captain Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan’s cameo innings of 19 runs off 10 balls and 3 sixes in the last 2 overs before grabbing 4 wickets with the ball in hand, practically made the match fate.

At the end of 17 overs, the Afghan score was 93 for 4. Mohammad Nabi went back to Taskin’s ball on delivery number four of the 18th over. Rashid reached the threshold of 100 by hitting Taskin with a huge six on the second ball of the wicket. But in the 19th over, the Afghan captain could not score 4 consecutive balls in the face of Mustafiz’s cutter and slower.

Finally Tanjim Shakib got a strike off the second ball of the last over of the innings. And after getting a strike, Rashid hit Tanzim Shakib for a huge six over point. And slogged the last delivery of the innings over deep midwicket for a huge six. The ball bounced 98 meters away. Afghans reached 115 runs.

Liton Das was in almost the same situation. But Liton did not do that useful job even after staying on the wicket longer than Rashid. Bangladesh needed 22 off the last 30 balls.

Liton Das was then well set at one end and on the verge of a half-century (46* from 39 balls). But the surprising truth is that Liton could not hit a single six, let alone 3 sixes in the last 10 balls.

Liton took 4 singles in the last 9 balls without a boundary off the mysterious spinner Noor. Although Taskin became his partner in the end, Lytton did not try to take risks himself.

Liton took two singles off Naveen Ul Haque despite needing 14 runs off 12 balls. The last single came on delivery number three. And that was tomorrow.

In the next 2 balls, Taskin was bowled first and Mustafiz was trapped LBW in the next ball to give the Afghans an unforgettable 8-run victory in the DL method. At the other end, Liton Das’s 54 runs from 49 balls was a failure.

Even as a set batter, Liton did not play risky shots and left Taskin in the hands of Naveen Ul Haq with singles? The question remains.

However, Bangladesh would have won the match if Liton took a little risk and hit a six from the strike itself. But that was no more as Taskin was given a strike. Navin bowled this lower order batter. Mustafiz is also out on the next ball. Lytton stood on the other side and saw the devastation with his own eyes.

Batter Rashid may not have done much. Rashid’s 4 over bowling was more than that. This leg-spinner has returned 4 batters of Bangladesh to the dressing room.

But Rashid Khan gave a cameo of 19 runs from 10 balls in the same situation that Liton was in; Why a top order batsman of Bangladesh could not do it? The regret is there.

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