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Records galore for Tigers in historic win

Here are a few records which Bangladesh created throughout the one-off Test against Afghanistan

Update : 17 Jun 2023, 10:14 PM

It was complete dominance from Bangladesh in every aspect of the game as they sealed a thrashing 546-run win against Afghanistan in the one off-Test match in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday.

Records tumbled all across the game for the Tigers as the Afghans had no clue against attacking and confident Bangladesh batting or threatening bowling display from the hosts.

Here are a few records which Bangladesh created throughout this match:

Huge margin of lead

Bangladesh took a combined 661-run lead from their two innings. This is the highest lead that Bangladesh have taken in their 138-Test history after making debut in the longer version back in 2000. Their previous record was a 476-run lead against Zimbabwe in Harare two years ago. In the entire Test cricket history, there are seven more occasions a team managed a lead in excess of 661. The biggest lead from two innings was recorded by England as they took 835-run lead against the West Indies, who were just included as Test team, back in 1930.

Brisk run rate

Bangladesh scored 425 runs in 80 overs in the second innings and then declared after losing only four wickets. The run rate at the time of declaration was 5.31. This is the highest run rate for Bangladesh in Tests. Bangladesh scored at a run rate of 5.07 against Ireland in Mirpur just two months ago in the fourth innings and chased down the 138-run target with seven wickets in hand. These are the two times Bangladesh scored more than five runs per over in a Test innings.

Highest score in a Mirpur Test

Nazmul Hossain Shanto broke the record of scoring the highest amount of runs in a Mirpur Test as he totalled 270 runs in two innings. Shanto scored 146 off 175 deliveries in the first innings and 124 off 151 in the second. The previous record was held by Pakistan's Azhar Ali who garnered 251 runs from two innings against Bangladesh in 2015. Azhar scored 226 in the first innings and 25 in the second.

Two centuries in two innings for third time in Mirpur

Shanto scored centuries in both innings in Mirpur against the Afghans and this is the third instance at this venue a batsman hit hundreds in both innings. The West Indian batsman Kieran Powell made 117 and 110 against Bangladesh in 2012 while Zimbabwe batter Brendan Taylor struck 110 and 106 not out against the Tigers in 2018.


12th Test ton for Mominul

Mominul Haque was already the highest centurion for Bangladesh in Tests as the left-hander had 11 Test tons before this Mirpur Test. With another century in his career, he has now extended his tally to 12 centuries in the longest format of the game. Mominul scored an unbeaten 121 off 145 deliveries with a dozen boundaries and one six in the second innings. The southpaw's 12th hundred came in the 57th match, and 106th innings. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are joint second in the list of highest Bangladesh Test centurions as both of them have 10 centuries thus far. Tamim and Mushfiq have 10 each from 70 and 86 matches respectively.

Highest number of boundaries by a Bangladeshi in a Test

Shanto smashed 38 fours in total in this game, which is another record for the Tigers. The left-hander blasted 23 boundaries in the first innings and a couple of sixes. While in the second dig, he hit 15 boundaries more with no six this time. The previous record of highest boundaries struck by a Bangladeshi in Tests was held by Tamim when hammered 33 fours altogether in a match against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2019. Tamim gathered 126 runs in the first innings in that game with 21 boundaries and one six while in the second he made 74 with 12 boundaries and one six.

Shanto second Bangladeshi to score century in both innings

By scoring hundred in both innings of this Test, Shanto became only the second Bangladeshi in Test history to achieve the feat. The first to achieve the landmark was not out at the other end when Shanto bagged that record, that being Mominul Haque who also registered a century later in the innings. Mominul scored 176 runs in the first innings and 105 in the second against Sri Lanka in the Chittagong Test at MA Aziz Stadium in 2018.

Fourth ton for Mominul in Mirpur

With 121 runs in the second innings, Mominul has now scored the fourth century of his Test career in Mirpur. Before this encounter, Mushfiq had the highest number of hundreds at this venue in red-ball cricket and now Mominul sits with him as both have four tons at this venue.

Third highest victory in Tests by runs

Bangladesh's win margin by runs in Mirpur was 546 and it is the third biggest in the history of Test cricket. The highest victory by runs in Test cricket has been recorded as the 675-run win by England against Australia in Brisbane in 1928. The second highest is 562 by Australia against England at the Oval in 1934. This is actually the highest win by runs in a five-day Test as the previous two feats were recorded in timeless Tests.


Also Read: Bangladesh seal 546-run win, third highest by runs in Test history


Highest margin of win for Bangladesh by runs

The 546-run win against the Afghans was also the highest margin of victory for the Tigers by runs in their Test history. Their previous highest victory by runs came against Zimbabwe in Chittagong's MA Aziz Stadium in 2005. This 546-run win is more than double of Bangladesh's previous record of 226-run victory against Zimbabwe.

Pacers dominate

The 14 scalps taken by Bangladesh pacers in Mirpur are the most for them in a Test, eclipsing the 13 wickets shared against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui at the beginning of 2022. The Bangladesh speedsters notched eight wickets in Afghanistan's first innings, the highest by them in an innings at home.

Shanto's quick strike-rate

Shanto's batting strike rate of 82.82 in this match is the fourth-highest for any batter when making hundreds in both innings of a Test. The highest is 90.9 for Australia's David Warner during his 135 and 145 against South Africa in the 2014 Cape Town Test.

Dominance

The 261 runs accumulated by Afghanistan in this Test are the lowest for any side in a game against Bangladesh while being bowled out twice. The previous lowest was 354 runs by the Windies in 2018, also in Mirpur. The Afghans' 261 runs are also the third lowest for a team in a Test in Bangladesh.

Miraz milestone

Mehedi Hasan Miraz now has 151 Test wickets to his credit. He is only the third Bangladeshi to complete the milestone after Shakib al Hasan (233) and Taijul Islam (177). Miraz has played 39 Tests (67 innings) thus far, while Shakib and Taijul have featured in 66 Tests (111 innings) and 42 Tests (74 innings) respectively.


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