Afghanistan lead 1-0 © AFP
Afghanistan lead 1-0 © AFP

Afghanistan registered their first ever T20 International win against Bangladesh (that too by 45 runs) in the first match of the 3-T20I series at Dehradun. The victory was sealed by the spinners, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, whom Bangladesh found impossible to get away and lost wickets. Earlier in the evening, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari, and Shafiqullah Shafiq laid a solid platform. Here is a statistical preview of the 2nd T20I.

1 Test-playing nation against whom Afghanistan have won a bilateral T20I series. Zimbabwe suffered this ignominy, that too thrice, in 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18. Bangladesh may be the 2nd team to lose to Afghanistan if the latter win any of their next 2 matches. Afghanistan also beat Ireland in 2016-17, before Ireland were a Test-playing nation. Overall, Afghanistan have also beaten Scotland, Kenya, Hong Kong, Oman, and UAE but have lost to Pakistan and West Indies.

34 runs needed by Shahzad (1,856) to go past Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,889) and secure 4th spot on the all-time tally, after Martin Guptill (2,271), Brendon McCullum (2,140), and Virat Kohli (1,983). In the process Shahzad will also need to go past Shoaib Malik (1,887).

39 runs needed by Nabi (961) to become the 2nd Afghan (after Shahzad) and 49th overall to reach the 1,000-run mark, provided he reaches there before Asghar Stanikzai (932).

4 cricketers have done the 1,000 run-50 wicket double in T20Is — Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Dwayne Bravo, and Thisara Perera. Nabi is 39 short of being the 5th. Of all cricketers with over 1,000 runs, only Afridi (98) and Shakib (76) have more wickets.

1 dismissal needed by Shahzad (26 catches, 27 stumpings, total 53) to reach the 3rd spot among wicketkeepers. Shahzad is tied with Denesh Ramdin (34 and 19) and behind only MS Dhoni (49 and 29) and Kamran Akmal (38 and 22). Mushfiqur Rahim (25 and 25), who will also play the match, is placed 5th.