Nabi upbeat in Bangladesh

Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi is quietly confident heading into the deciding ODI against Bangladesh after a tense win for his team tied the series.

Nabi was thrilled that his team got over the line this time after looking strong in the first ODI only to go down by seven runs.

Nabi commented on the muted nature of the Afghan celebrations after the win: "We will try to win the series and then we will celebrate."

Despite playing a full ICC member the weight of expectation on the team is great, with Nabi revealing the fans displeasure at the narrow loss in the opening ODI.

Nabi continued: "After we lost the first game, people talked too much: 'why you lost because you were supposed to win the game. In the end, you lost the game,' they said. From this win they are going to be really happy.

"The win against a Full Member side means big for Associate Nations. Afghanistan cricket is improving day by day. The win will give more energy to the people and everyone watching in Afghanistan will be happy from that win."

Nabi was used as an opening bowler and the ploy worked well with the off-spinner returning figures of 10-3-16-2.

The allrounder credited his skipper and coach: "The plan of the captain and coach was that both left-handed batsmen is coming to open and that I would be bowling from the start. The pitch had moisture.

"We discussed in the meetings that we are going for the win. It worked a lot in the bowling especially the spinners. We just dropped one catch. The boys worked a lot on the planning which helped us win the game."

Nabi would be a hero with bat in hand too as he shared a patient 107 run stand with skipper  Asghar Stanikzai to set up the win.

Nabi concluded: "The pitch condition was not suitable for batting. It was turning and skidding. The plan was to play until 40 overs and we could just concentrate on singles and doubles, and not hitting boundaries. We knew that in the few overs in the middle when we didn't hit any boundary, that's where the partnership was built.

"The experience worked a little, not too much. We didn't finish well. We threw the wickets away under pressure."

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