Rashid Khan leads way as Afghanistan take control against Bangladesh
Chittagong (Bangladesh), September 6. With the help of captain Rashid Khan’s four wickets, Afghanistan took control of Day 2 of their one-sided Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong. Mushfiqur Rahim and Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan bowled out by Rashid in the same over and later Mahmud Ullah before being bowled out. He had hit a wicked fifty thrift earlier, his first inning in the Test field. At the time of the stumps, Bangladesh scored 194/8 as they trailed the visiting team of 148 runs with just 2 wickets in their hand.
Earlier in the day, former Afghan captain Asghar Afghan missed eight runs in the first Test century. Asghar was bowled by Taizul Islam, who pushed the batsman back into the crease with one or two fast bowlers before flying on the final ball of the 100th over. Asghar went across the line for a slogan, and the ball bounced in the air behind the wicket. Mushfiqur Rahim completed an easy catch.
Asghar joined Rahmat Shah as he crossed the three-point mark in Afghanistan’s second Test century. However, Rashid scored 51 runs in 61 balls. Rashid batted with a tail and played his half-century innings on 50 balls. Rashid innings included two fours and three sixes, and it was the last wicket to fall.
Bangladesh never moved ahead in their innings as Yameen Ahmadzai got the wicket of Bangladesh opener Shadman Islam in the first over, while Mohammad Nabi in the 20th over bowled out Soumya Sarkar. After that, Lyton Rashid fell to mominul Haque, and Shakib added 34 runs for the fourth wicket. However, Rashid made a comeback and ended the stand by trapping Shakib in front.
Mushfiqur was then dismissed in an unusual manner. The Bangladesh wicketkeeper put the ball under his boot, after which short leg fielder Ibrahim Zadran caught the catch. The decision was sent up with soft signals. However, in the replay, it was not clear whether the ball booted or hit the ground, the third umpire convinced, and Mushfiqur had to walk back to the pavilion.
Rashid then misjudged Mahmudullah and scored the fourth wicket of the day. 19-year-old Kais Ahmed sacked Mehdi Hassan Mirz, after which Tazul Islam and Mosadeq Hussain scored up to the stumps. The duo added 48 runs for the ninth wicket.
Short score: Afghanistan 342 (Rahmat Shah 102, Asgar Afghan 92; Taizul Islam 4/12) 116); Bangladesh 194/1 8 (Mominul Haque 52, Mosaddek Hussain 44*; Rashid Khan 4/12/17) 47)