It was another tough day in the office for Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Afghanistan continued to take the upper hand by the close of play on the third day, and are leading by a massive 374 runs with a couple of days remaining in the one-off Test. The Tigers’ bowling had a sameness to it and he visiting team’s batsmen kept their opposition at the bay.
Shakib breaks through
The hosts started the day with overnight batsmen Mosaddek Hossain (48*) and Taijul Islam (14) in the middle. But they could only add 11 runs to the team tally as Bangladesh were shot out for 205 in 70.5 overs. Rashid Khan got rid of Taijul to pick up his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Mosaddek remained stranded at the other end with Afghanistan getting a decent lead of 137 runs.
With his team in trouble, skipper Shakib Al Hasan didn’t throw in the towel. The left-arm spinner removed Ihsanullah Janat in the first over after getting hit for a boundary. In the same over, he nipped out Rahmat Shah, the first innings’ centurion, for a golden duck. All of a sudden he was on a hat-trick and the captain, slowing, but surely, was starting to script a comeback for the Tigers.
Ibrahim and Afghan steady the ship
Nayeem Hasan found Hashmatullah Shahidi’s outside edge and the visiting team was reduced to 28 for three. From thereon, opener Ibrahim Zadran (87) and Asghar Afghan (50) took the onus of piling on the lead for their team. The duo added 108 runs for the fourth wicket and put Afghanistan in a commanding position. Taijul Islam broke the ominous-looking partnership, getting rid of Afghan.
Ibrahim ran out of patience and tried to smack Nayeem downtown, only for Mominul Haque to take a simple catch in the deep. Mohammad Nabi could only muster eight in his last Test innings before Mehidy Hasan dismissed him. Yet another time Rashid impressed with the bat, having scored 24 runs. Afsar Zazai (34*) is in the middle and he’ll be looking to extend Afghanistan’s lead on Day four.
Here’s how Twitter reacted on Afghanistan’s domination
Fifty-plus score and a 5-wicket haul on Test captaincy debut:
Stanley Jackson vs AUS, 1905
Imran Khan vs ENG, 1982
Shakib Al Hasan vs WI, 2009
RASHID KHAN vs BAN, 2019
None of the previous three completed this double in the first two innings. #BANvAFG
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 7, 2019
17 years old, playing his debut test, scores a fifty from 117 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes. Well played Ibrahim Zadran. #BANvAFG pic.twitter.com/vMVZ0pzebS
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) September 7, 2019
#RashidKhan 4-4-0-4-4-4 in test cricket #BANvAFG pic.twitter.com/kFw6n7QUbS
— Cricket Times AFG (@crickettimesAFG) September 7, 2019
Youngest captain in Test cricket
Scored a fifty with the bat
Took a 5-for
Now scored five fours in an over
Is there anything that Rashid Khan cannot do? #BANvAFG
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) September 7, 2019
Lack of patience from the senior batsmen and not taking a front line pace bowler cost @BCBtigers the match. I mean 300+ target is going to be a mammoth task! #BANvAFG
— Salekin Ahmed (@salekin05) September 7, 2019
#BANvAFG this has been a top quality performance by Afghanistan, and great to watch too. can they beat west indies later?
— Ned Strange (@ViJaRada) September 7, 2019
87 for Ibrahim Zadran in his first test match against @BCBtigers
Welldone keep it up@ACBofficials should give chance to the new generation like him! pic.twitter.com/Q5vtirUbRZ
— Jawad Zadran (@Jawad_Zadran1) September 7, 2019
17 year old Ibrahim Zadran missed out ton by just 13 runs.
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) September 7, 2019
What a pity.
17 year old debutant Ibrahim Zadran holed out in long on and missed a historic, record breaking century.
He would have been the 4th youngest centurion and the first 21st century born to score a test 100.#BANvAFG
— Loshan – ARVLOSHAN (@ARVLoshan) September 7, 2019
87, unlucky for some. Seventeen year-old Ibrahim Zadran out for 87 in the second innings of his Test debut. https://t.co/FA0p1KgkWA #BanvAFG
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) September 7, 2019
Had 17-year-old Ibrahim Zadran scored the 100, he would've been the fourth youngest to get a Test ton.#AFGvBAN #BANvAFG
— 150pluskph (@150pluskph) September 7, 2019
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