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Afghanistan Register Stunning Test Win over Bangladesh

Afghanistan Register Stunning Test Win over Bangladesh Photo: TT
Rashid Khan Led Afghanistan to a Win over Bangladesh

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 224 runs to win their one-off test, their second every victory in test cricket.

Winning the toss in Chittagong, they suffered an early blow, losing opener Ihsanullah early, bowled Taijul Islam for 9. However, fellow opener Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah looked to build a platform until Zadran fell for 21, caught by Mahmudullah for 21, with Taijul again the bowler. Hashmatullah Shahidi and Shah added 29, but Hashmatullah was out for 14, caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Mahmudullah.

However, the visitors then enjoyed a stand of 120 for the 4th wicket between Zadran and Asghar Afghan, led by Shah who reached his maiden test century before he was out for 102, caught by Soumya, with Nayeem Hasan the bowler this time. His innings contained 2 sixes and 10 fours. Three balls layer Nayeem struck again, bowling Mohammad Nabi for a duck, but Asghar and Afsar Zazai then shared an unbeaten stand of 80, before stumps were reached on the first day. Overnight Asghar was 88 not out, whilst Zazai was undefeated on 35.

The Bangladeshi bowlers struck early on the second morning, removing Afghan, who added just four to his overnight score before falling to a catch behind off Taijul, having struck 2 sixes in his 92. The bowler than claimed his fourth victim when he had Zazai bowled for 41, which included one six. Captain Rashid Khan and Qais Ahmad added 23 for the 8th wicket, but Ahmad was caught by Mominul Haque off Shakib Al Hasan, who also had Yamin Ahmadzai caught for a duck. Rashid though was able to make 51, featuring 3 sixes, before he was last man out, as Afghanistan concluded their innings on 342.

In reply, Bangladesh suffered an early loss when opener Shadman Islam was caught by Zazai off just the fourth ball of their innings, Ahmadzai the bowler. Soumya and Liton Das put on 38, but Soumya became the second man to fall, when he was lbw to Nabi for 17. Das made 33, featuring one six, but he was bowled by Rashid, before Mominul and Shakib put on 30.

Two wickets then fell in three balls: Shakib was lbw to Rashid for 11, and then Mushfiqur was caught by Zadran off the same bowler. Rashid then picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Mahmudullah, before Mahmudullah became the seventh Bangladeshi wicket to fall for 52, caught by Afghan off the bowling of Nabi.

However, Mossadek and Mehedi Hasan held up the visitors with a stand of 16, and when Hasan fell for 11, bowled by Ahmad, Mossadek then combined with Taijul as the pair put on 48 undefeated for the ninth wicket. At stumps on the second day, Bangladesh were 194 – 8, still trailing Afghanistan by 148 runs.

Their innings was soon wrapped up on the third morning. First Taijul was bowled by Nabi without adding to his overnight score of 14, and last man Nayeem was lbw to Rashid for 7, leaving Mossaddek stranded on 48 not out, as his side were bowled out for 205.

That gave Afghanistan a lead of 137, which they looked to extend into a potentially winning position.

Their second innings did not get off to the best of starts though. They lost both Ihsanullah in the opening over to Shakib, the first lbw and the latter caught and bowled. Zadran and Hashmatullah resisted for 14 overs, but Hashmatullah was then caught by Soumya off Nayeem for 12.

However, yet again Zadran and Afghan rebuilt the Afghanistan innings with a stand of 108 for the fourth wicket. It was ended when Afghan fell for 50, caught by Shakib off the bowling of Taijul, but Zadran then combined with Zazai as the pair added a further 35.

Zadran had hopes of a second successive century, but they were finally dashed when he fell for 87, caught by Mominul off Nayeem. He had struck 4 sixes and 6 fours in his innings. Soon afterwards, Nabi became the sixth wicket to fall, when he was caught by Mominul, with Mehedi Hasan the bowler. However, Zazai and Rashid took the score past 200, before Rashid was out for 24, bowled by Taijul. Shakib took the wicket of Qais, lbw for 14, but, at close of play on day 3, Afghanistan were 237 – 8, a lead of 374, with Zazai unbeaten on 34.

Resuming on Day four, Zazai and Ahmadzai added 23 to the overnight total, before Ahmadazi, who had hit one six, was run out for 9. Two balls later, Zahir was caught off the bowling of Mehedi Hasan, as the visitors were all out for 260, leaving Zazai unbeaten on 48.

That meant Bangladesh needed an improbable 398 to win.

That task became harder when, after putting on 30 for the first wicket with Shadman, Das was out for 9, lbw to Zahir. Then Shadman and Mosaddek added 22, before the latter was caught by Afghan for 12, Zahir again the bowler. Mushfiqur made 23 but he as lbw to Rashid, who then dismissed Mominul in the same fashion. Shadman was holding the innings together, but he was lbw to Nabi for 41, and then, just before the end of play, Mahmudullah fell, caught by Zadran off Rashid.

Bangladesh closed the day of 136 – 6, still trailing by 261 runs, with just 4 wickets remaining.

Rain threatened to thwart the Afghans on Day Five, and only a handful of balls were possible before tea. However, when play did get under way it was Zahir who made the breakthrough, when he had Shakib caught by Zazai for 44.

It was Rashid who bowled them to victory though. First he had Mehedi Hasan lbw for 12, and then he dismissed Taijul in identical fashion. He then clinched the win when he had Soumya caught by Zadran for 15, as the home side were bowled out for 173.

Rashid took 6 for 49 in the second innings, and finished with match figures of 11 for 104.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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