Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan in the lone Test from Thursday
Right-arm spinner Mohammad Al Amin Jr ruled the roost for Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as Afghanistan XI posted 242 runs losing six wickets on the first day of the two-day practice match in Chittagong’s MA Aziz Stadium Sunday.
Al Amin picked four wickets from the middle-order to keep the visiting side at bay.
The other two Afghanistan wickets were bagged by right-arm pacer Sumon Khan.
Afghanistan opted to bat first and saw the openers get off to a sound start against the pacers.
Openers Ihsanullah and Ibrahim Zadran registered 131 runs before the batters were called off as retired hurt after scoring half-centuries.
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Ihsanullah took 137 balls to score 62 while Ibrahim faced 124 to add 52 to the tally.
BCB XI bagged their first wicket, that of Javed Ahmadi, as Sumon removed the right-handed batsman for three.
In the span of around 16 overs, Afghanistan lost four more wickets, all to Al Amin.
The spinner first dismissed Rahmat Shah for seven and 10 overs later, Al Amin notched his second wicket as he removed the stumps behind Asghar Afghan (16).
In the 68th over, Al Amin trapped Hashmatullah Shahidi in front for 26.
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The BCB XI bowler got his fourth wicket in his next over, removing Ikram Alikhil off a caught and bowled for just one run.
The Bangladesh squad for the one-off Test match against the Afghans travelled to the port city Sunday.
It is widely reported that the Bangladesh think tank is mulling preparing a green top to minimize Afghanistan’s spin strength that Rashid Khan and Co brings in.
However, the performance from the BCB XI on day one and the Afghans’ struggles against the spinners may force the decision makers to think otherwise.
“The wicket [Sunday] had help for the spinners. Their two openers had batted well to start with; they looked comfortable against pace. I felt spin is going to be a better option for us,” said Al Amin to reporters.
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Bangladesh at home typically rely on their spin strength and there have been many glories which have come riding on the slow bowlers.
Al Amin, a regular name in the domestic circuit, opined that the national team in the Test, to be played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, should rely on the spinners.
“Despite the wicket, we need to realize our strength. I believe we have world-class spinners in the national team and we should rely on them. [Sunday] it looked like the turn or the spinners can put them in trouble. As I already said, we have many quality spinners in the national team and we should expect them to be used,” said Al Amin.
Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan in the lone Test from Thursday.
This will be followed by the tri-nation T20I series involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.