First Afghan Batsmen to Score Hundred in Test
Rahmat Shah became the first Afghan player to score a hundred in the test. A determined batting performance against Bangladesh earned them the honours of the first day on Thursday.
Rahmat scores 102 and Asghar 88 help Afghanistan to 271 out of 5 wickets in the single test, the third of its kind. Rahmat and Asghar met at the beginning of the second session, after Afghanistan’s lunch at 77-3. They beat throughout the session and set a national record with 120 points for the fourth wicket.
Afsar Zazai was with Asghar on the stumps, on a record stand of 74 runs for the sixth wicket. After new Afghan captain Rashid Khan, the youngest skipper in Test history at the age of 20, won the toss and lined up four spinners two making their debuts to face Bangladesh the first at home.
Right-hand Taijul Islam left Ihsanullah Janat at 4 with a googly for his 100th wicket in 25 over, making him the fastest Of the Bangladeshis to make it through this stage. Taijul also rejected the other opener, Ibrahim Zadran, with 21 on his debut, and Mahmudullah scored the first wicket to eliminate Hashmatullah Shahidi on the 14th.
Asghar joined Rahmat to upset Bangladesh in the second session and accumulate fast-paced tracks on a pitch that offered a turn and important twists. Their cautious approach left Afghanistan unscathed. “They have a good line and a good length, and they have a good field setup for me,” Rahmat said. “It wasn’t easy for me to score points, which is why I used the fold, and I also played with my front foot.”