After Najmul Hossain and Mominul Haque scored centuries for Bangladesh, Afghanistan discovered themselves trailing by an enormous 616 runs at stumps.
Bangladesh declared their second innings at 425-4, setting themselves up for probably one in all cricket’s largest Check victory margins when play resumes. Nonetheless, with two full days remaining within the Check, the possibilities of Afghanistan salvaging a optimistic end result turned more and more slim.
Afghanistan’s innings received off to a disastrous begin as opener Ibrahim Zadran was dismissed for a duck by Shoriful Islam off the primary ball.
Quickly after, Taskin Ahmed eliminated Abdul Malik for 5, leaving Afghanistan at a precarious 7-2. The state of affairs worsened when skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi was pressured to retire damage after being struck by a bouncer.
At stumps, Afghanistan stood at 45 runs for the lack of two wickets, with Rahmat Shah (10) and Nasir Jamal (5) on the crease. Nonetheless, unhealthy mild introduced an finish to the day’s play.
Najmul turned solely the second Bangladeshi participant to attain centuries in each innings of a Check match, following his first-innings rating of 146 with 124 within the second innings.
Mominul, the opposite participant to attain this feat for Bangladesh, remained unbeaten on 121 alongside captain Liton Das, who scored 66, when the declaration was made.
Mominul’s century was his twelfth in Check cricket, the best quantity by any Bangladeshi participant. His innings included 12 fours and a six off 145 balls, contributing considerably to Bangladesh’s dominant place within the match.
Afghanistan toiled however might solely take three wickets by the day, together with two in the identical over off leg-spinner Zahir Khan.
Zahir ended the prolific innings of Najmul, who gave a catch to Abdul Malik at quick midwicket, ending a 151-ball knock with 15 boundaries.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit a six quickly after coming to the crease however an tried reverse sweep on the subsequent ball introduced his downfall for eight as Ibrahim Zadran took the catch at slip.
Mominul and Liton then pissed off Afghanistan with an unbroken 143-run fifth-wicket stand.
Resuming at 134-1 in a single day, Najmul and Zakir Hasan batted with confidence earlier than Afghanistan received an sudden breakthrough in opposition to the run of play.
The duo made 173 runs earlier than Zakir was run out for 71.
An edge from Najmul’s bat raced to the boundary line, the place Nasir Jamal stopped the ball and relayed it to Ibrahim.
Ibrahim’s direct hit discovered Zakir nicely quick whereas working for his third, ending their free-flowing partnership.
Zakir scored his second 50 in simply his third Check.
Bangladesh scored 382 runs within the first innings and bowled out Afghanistan for 146.
Afghanistan received the one different Check between the 2 groups once they beat Bangladesh by 224 runs at Chittagong in 2019.
(With AFP inputs)