BAN vs AFG: W,W,W… Karim Janat’s hat-trick in the last over, still Afghanistan could not beat Bangladesh


Sylhet: Bangladesh registered a thrilling two-wicket win over Afghanistan with a ball to spare in the first T20 International. All-rounder Karim Janat, who took a hat-trick in the last over, also could not prevent Afghanistan’s defeat. In this way, the hosts have a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Now the last and deciding match of the series will be played on this ground on Sunday.

Second Afghan to take hat-trick

Karim Janat, 25, became the only player to take a hat-trick for Afghanistan. He took consecutive wickets in the second, third and fourth balls of the match to make the match exciting when Bangladesh, chasing a target of 155, needed just six runs to win in the last over and had five wickets in hand. After being hit for a four off the first ball, Karim Janat came back strongly, dismissing Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Taskin Ahmed and Nasum Ahmed to complete the hat-trick.

Such was the thrill of the last over
For Bangladesh, Miraj had brought the equation of just two runs to win in five balls by hitting a four in the cover area on the very first ball. Janat then bowled a back-of-length delivery to Miraj, who made no mistake of being caught by Mohammad Nabi at midwicket. The next ball was bowled outside short and wide off, which Taskin took to the wicketkeeper in the course of a hard slash. After this, new batsman Nasum played a pull shot, which was caught by Farid Khan at deep third-man to complete the hat-trick. With two runs needed off two balls, Shorful Islam dashed Karim Janat and Afghanistan’s hopes by hitting a boundary. Janat took three wickets for 15 runs in 1.5 overs.

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