Dominant Afghanistan seal 224-run over Bangladesh at Dhaka

Afghanistan delivered a clinical performance with the bat and ball to beat Bangladesh in the one-off Test played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Afghanistan Captain Rashid Khan opted to bat first after winning the toss.The visitor’s batsmen delivered a credible batting performance in their first innings sand post a competitive score of 342 runs in 117 overs.

The stars of the show was Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan, as the duo added 120 runs for the fourth wicket to put their team in a strong position in the game.

Rahmat Shah finished the innings with the top score of 102 off 187 with the help of 10 fours and 2 sixes, whereas Asghar finished with 92 off 174 with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Captain Rashid Khan scored a crucial half century and wicketkeeper batsman Afsar Zazai made valuable contribution lower down the order to help the team’s cause as well.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Taijul Islam was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, as he claimed four wickets and gave away 116 runs in 41 overs.

In reply, Shadman Islam perished for a duck to see Bangladesh get off to a worse possible start. Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das failed to capitalize on his good start. Das scored 33 off 66 balls with the help of three fours and a six, whereas Sarkar scored 17 off 66 balls.

Mominul Haque played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 52 off 71 balls with the help of eight boundaries. The experienced batting trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim perished for low scores.

Captain Rashid Khan’s all-round heroics helped Afghanistan beat Bangladesh to clinch the one-off Test played at Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium in Chittagong.

All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain also fought hard and scored 48 not out in 82 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Afghanistan bowlers did not allow Bangladesh to score easy runs as they dismissed the home side for 205 all out in 70.5 overs.

For Afghanistan, Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers and finished with 5 for 55 from 19.5 overs. Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi bowled well and picked up three wickets.

In their second innings, Afghanistan once again produced a decent performance, courtesy splendid half-centuries from Ibrahim Zadran and Asghar Afghan. Opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran produced a scintillating performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 87 off 208 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. Rahmat Shah perished for a first-ball duck while Hashmatullah Shahidi also dismissed for a low score.

Asghar Afghan once again delivered with crucial half-century for Afghanistan to see the visitors gain a significant lead. Afghan scored 50 off 108 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.

Wicket-keeper Afsar Zazai scored 48 not out in 110 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Captain Rashid Khan produced crucial cameo with the bat to see Afghanistan setting a mammoth target of 397 runs for Bangladesh to win the match.

For Bangladesh, left-arm orthodox spinner was the standout bowler with three wickets in 19 overs. Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan bowled well and claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 397 runs to win, Bangladesh once again failed to put up a strong fight against Afghanistan’s spinners and were eventually bowled out for 173 runs in 61.4 overs. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the star of the show as he claimed six for 49 in 21.4 overs. Left-arm Chinaman Zahir Khan bowled well and picked 3 for 59 in 15 overs.

For his all-round performance against Bangladesh, Captain Rashid Khan was awarded man of the match. After the culmination of one-off Test, the side will participate in Bangladesh Tri-series featuring host Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

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