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2nd T20I: Afif, Nurul power Bangladesh to 2-0 lead over Australia

Hossain and Nurul Hasan shared an unbeaten 56-run stand to guide their side to a five-wicket win in the second match as Bangladesh take a 2-0 lead over Australia in the T20I series.

Atif struck five boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 37, which helped Bangladesh chase 122 after they were 67-5 following 11.2 overs. Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan (22 not out) partnered Atif in rescuing the hosts after they had a rocky start in Dhaka.

Bangladesh reached the winning mark with eight balls remaining.

Afif, who finished the game with a boundary, was unbeaten on 37 off 31, hitting five fours and one six. Hasan was on 22.

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“We knew we had to stay calm, keep wickets in hand,” Afif said. “Nurul played well so there was no pressure on me either.”

Earlier, Mustafizur took 3-23 and Shoriful Islam bagged 2-27 as Bangladesh’s fast bowlers restricted Australia to 121-7, with Mitchell Marsh (45) top-scoring for the visitors after they won the toss and elected to bat.

We were in a good position today (with the ball), but unfortunately, we struggled with the bat in the last four overs,” Australia captain Matthew Wade said.

Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman returned figures of 3-23 as Australia decided to bat first. Fast bowler Shoriful Islam claimed 2-27.

Mitchell Marsh again top-scored for Australia with 45, clobbering five fours. Australia’s batsmen dealt better with spinners after being tormented by them in the first match. Alex Carey reverse-swept Nasum Ahmed twice for four and gave the side a positive start.

Bangladesh won the opening match on Tuesday by 23 runs, claiming their maiden T20 victory over Australia. The third match will be played on Friday.

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