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Afghanistan 45/2 after day three in pursuit of 662-run target

At stumps, the Afghans were struggling on 45 for the loss of both their openers and captain Shahidi, who retired hurt, requiring 617 more runs for an unlikely victory

Update : 17 Jun 2023, 01:36 AM

In pursuit of a huge target of 662 set by Bangladesh, Afghanistan are already up against it at close of play on day three of the lone Test match in Mirpur Friday.

At stumps, the Afghans were struggling on 45 after losing both their openers and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, who retired hurt, requiring 617 more runs for an unlikely victory.

Ibrahim Zadran fell for a first-baller as Shoriful Islam trapped him in front while his opening partner Abdul Malik (five) soon joined him in the dressing room after giving a catch to wicket-keeper Liton Das off Taskin Ahmed.

The tourists' plight worsened when Shahidi (13) retired hurt after being floored by a Taskin bouncer before Rahmat Shah and Nasir Jamal saw off the day's proceedings, remaining unbeaten on 10 and five respectively.

Earlier, riding on centuries from the in-form Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque, Bangladesh declared their second innings on 425 for the loss of four wickets, thus setting Afghanistan a mammoth 662-run target.

Shanto picked up from where he had left off in the first innings as he became the second Bangladeshi after Mominul to score a Test hundred in both the innings of a Test.

Mominul achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in 2018 and Shanto replicated it when he posted his fourth Test ton in his 44th innings.

The diminutive Mominul meanwhile, registered a record-extending 12th Test century for the Tigers in 106 innings, but his first after 26 innings and as many months.

Resuming on 134/1, the hosts motored along at more than five runs per over as overnight batters Zakir Hasan (71) and Shanto set about extending their already healthy lead.

The second wicket stand had added 173 before Zakir was run out, bringing Mominul to the crease.

Shanto was the next to depart after making 124 off 151 deliveries, featuring 15 fours, while Mushfiqur Rahim (eight) was also dismissed soon after as captain Liton joined Mominul at the middle.

The unbroken fifth wicket partnership stitched together 143 quickfire runs before Liton declared to set the Afghans a colossal target.

Mominul was unbeaten on 121 off 145 balls, including a dozen boundaries and a six, while Liton was not out on 66 off 81, laced with eight fours.

The home side were earlier all out for 382 in their first innings before bundling the tourists out for a paltry 146 to take a 236-run lead.

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