Rashid, Zahir take Afghanistan close to a historic win against Bangladesh
Both Spin bowlers, Rashid Khan, and Zahir Khan shared five wickets between them while Afghanistan was four wickets away from a historic victory over Bangladesh at the Single Test in Chittagong on Sunday.
The visitors, who only played their third test, reduced Bangladesh to 136-6 before rain forced a stump early on the fourth day, and hosts who set a record target of 398-runs still needed 262 runs.
The biggest successful chase in Bangladesh was 317 for seven by New Zealand on the same ground in 2008.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan remained undefeated in 39-runs, giving little hope to Bangladesh amid the gloom at Zahur Ahmed Stadium, where rain interrupted play in all three sessions to Afghanistan’s great frustration.
Shakib will resume the fifth-day game along with Soumya Sarkar, the last recognized hitter for Bangladesh, who had not yet opened his account.
Rashid Khan made his debut as the youngest test captain in history, led Afghanistan from the front, finishing the day at 3-46, while left-arm Chinese Zahir claimed 2-36 races.
The retired all-rounder Mohammad Nabi claimed the other wicket.
Zahir began the victory push when he fired opener Liton Das, who got caught leg before wicket after a decision caught against him was overturned by the television referee in the review.
Mosaddek Hossain, one of them, chased a ball out of him out of the stump to catch Asghar Afghan after making 12 runs.
Rashid caught Mushfiqur Rahim on the lead after the former Bangladeshi captain started with confidence to make 23 of 25 balls.
Rashid took another hit on his next attempt to fire Mominul Haque for three runs only.
Nabi eliminated Shadman Islam, who achieved the 41 highest runs for Bangladesh so far in the second inning.
Rashid then broke Mahmudullah Riyad’s porch for seven before rain provided a respite to the house.
Previously, resuming at 237 for eight after more than two hours of delay due to drizzle, Afghanistan added 23 runs to their night score before they all left for 260, leading their lead close to the 400-runs mark.
Yamin Ahmadzai ran out of nine players and Mehidy Hasan, who did not play, eliminated the last man Zahir, leaving Afsar Zazai stranded in ’48.