Chasing 398, host Bangladesh lost six wickets and posted 136 runs on the board in 44.2 overs
Rain played spoilsport while Bangladesh’s batting struggles continued as Afghanistan inched closer to a Test win against a better-ranked side at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Sunday.
Chasing 398, host Bangladesh lost six wickets and posted 136 runs on the board in 44.2 overs.
Momentum was very much with visitor Afghanistan but rain came to Bangladesh’s rescue as the game entered the fifth and final day.
More rain is in forecast for day five, hinting that Afghanistan will have to work hard to get the remaining Bangladesh wickets in some tight sessions and achieve a famous victory.
With a commendable lead, Afghanistan sensed a possible win at the end of day three.
The visiting side came out to bat with two wickets in hand after a delayed start to day four.
The one-off Test match on day four resumed following a two-hour delay and the last two Afghan wickets added 23 to the tally to set a winning total on the board.
Bangladesh needed charisma and panache.
The Tigers have never chased down a target this big in Tests.
The 217 against the West Indies in 2009 in St Geroge’s is Bangladesh’s highest successful chase till date.
To come off the challenge however, Bangladesh adopted an unprecedented strategy, of a shuffled batting line-up, to break Afghanistan’s bowling attack.
The home side following an overnight meeting decided to come out maintaining a left hand – right hand batting combination in order to disturb Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi.
However, the strategy failed to give dividends as, at the end of the day, Bangladesh needed another 262 with just four wickets to spare.
Left-handed batter Shadman Islam had right-handed batsman Liton Das, promoted up the order, to open with.
The stand though was broken by a double strike from left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan.
He first removed Liton for nine and Mosaddek Hossain for 12.
Mosaddek was moved to No 3 from the lower middle-order.
But his experience of playing big innings in first-class competition did not come to any use as he perished to an over ambitious shot, and was well caught ahead of the boundary rope.
Shadman held on to one end as Bangladesh lost their third wicket - Mushfiqur Rahim.
Leg-spinner Rashid Khan pinned Mushfiq for 23 in front of the stumps to start Bangladesh’s debacle.
Mominul Haque, who scored 52 in the first innings, became Rashid's second victim in the innings, also to an LBW, to a legbreak that spun back sharply from around the wicket.
This saw Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan arrive to the crease and he was lucky to survive on 11 as Rashid dropped a return catch.
However, on the other side of the crease, Bangladesh lost two more wickets - Shadman to Nabi and Mahmudullah to Rashid.
Shadman faced 114 deliveries and made 41, while Mahmudullah registered his scored seven-run knock in the game before being caught at short leg by Ibrahim Zadran.
The last session had about 80 minutes of play left when rain made the umpires call for cover.
Shakib remained unbeaten on 39 off 46 balls with Soumya Sarkar demoted to No 8 owing to the batting shuffle.
Soumya was yet to add a run to the board.
ONLY TEST, DAY 4
AFGHANISTAN 1ST INNINGS R B
Ibrahim c Mahmudullah b Taijul 21 69
Ihsanullah b Taijul 9 36
Rahmat c Soumya b Nayeem 102 187
Shahidi c Soumya b Mahmudullah 14 32
Asghar c Mushfiq b Taijul 92 174
Nabi b Nayeem 0 3
Zazai b Taijul 41 115
Rashid c & b Miraz 51 61
Qais c Mominul b Shakib 9 15
Yamin c Soumya b Shakib 0 7
Zahir not out 0 5
Extras (lb 1, nb 2) 3
Total (117 Overs) 342 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-19 (Ihsanullah), 2-48 (Ibrahim), 3-77 (Shahidi), 4-197 (Rahmat), 5-197 (Nabi), 6-278 (Asghar), 7-299 (Zazai), 8-322 (Qais), 9-327 (Yamin), 10-342 (Rashid)
Taijul 41-5-116-4, Shakib 22-1-64-2, Miraz 28-5-73-1, Nayeem 13-0-43-2, Mahmudullah 4-0-9-1, Soumya 4-0-26-0, Mominul 4-0-9-0, Mosaddek 1-0-1-0
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS R B
Shadman c Zazai b Yamin 0 4
Soumya lbw b Nabi 17 66
Liton b Rashid 33 66
Mominul c Asghar b Nabi 52 71
Shakib lbw b Rashid 11 20
Mushfiq c Ibrahim b Rashid 0 2
Mahmudullah b Rashid 7 13
Mosaddek not out 48 82
Miraz b Qais 11 31
Taijul b Nabi 14 58
Nayeem lbw b Rashid 7 12
Extras (b 4, lb 1) 5
Total (70.5 Overs) 205 all out
1-0 (Shadman), 2-38 (Soumya), 3-54 (Liton), 4-88 (Shakib), 5-88 (Mushfiq), 6-104 (Mahmudullah), 7-130 (Mominul Haque), 8-146 (Miraz), 9-194 (Taijul), 10-205 (Nayeem)
Yamin 10-2-21-1, Nabi 24-6-56-3, Zahir 9-1-46-0, Rashid 19.5-3-55-5, Qais 8-2-22-1
AFGHANISTAN 2ND INNINGS R B
Ihsanullah lbw b Shakib 4 3
Ibrahim c Mominul b Nayeem87 208
Rahmat c & b Shakib 0 1
Shahidi c Soumya b Nayeem 12 37
Asghar c Shakib b Taijul 50 108
Zazai not out 48 110
Nabi c Mominul b Miraz 8 13
Rashid b Taijul 24 22
Qais lbw b Shakib 14 26
Yamin run out (Liton/Mushfiq) 9 11
Zahir c Mominul b Miraz 0 2
Extras (b 4) 4
Total (90.1 Overs) 260 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-4 (Ihsanullah), 2-4 (Rahmat), 3-28 (Shahidi), 4-136 (Asghar), 5-171 (Ibrahim), 6-180 (Nabi), 7-210 (Rashid), 8-235 (Qais), 9-260 (Yamin), 10-260 (Zahir)
Shakib 19-3-58-3, Miraz 12.1-3-35-2, Taijul 28-6-86-2, Nayeem 17-2-61-2, Mominul 10-6-13-0, Mosaddek 4-1-3-0
BANGLADESH 2ND INNINGS R B
Liton lbw b Zahir 9 30
Shadman lbw b Nabi 41 114
Mosaddek c Asghar b Zahir 12 17
Mushfiq lbw b Rashid 23 25
Mominul lbw b Rashid 3 8
Shakib not out 39 46
Mahmudullah c Ibrahim b Rashid 7 21
Soumya not out 0 5
Extras (lb 2) 2
Total (44.2 Overs) 136/6
Fall Of Wickets
1-30 (Liton), 2-52 (Mosaddek), 3-78 (Mushfiq), 4-82 (Mominul), 5-106 (Shadman), 6-125 (Mahmudullah)
Yamin 4-1-14-0, Nabi 17.2-4-38-1, Rashid 13-0-46-3, Zahir 10-0-36-2
Bangladesh need 262 more runs to win