Latest Match Report – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan One Test 2023

lunch Bangladesh 382 and 255 for 2 (Sandho 112*, Zakir 71, Hamza 1-33) lead Afghanistan 146 (Jasai 36, Jamal 35, Epadod 4-47) 491 runs

It was on the third morning that Najmul Hossain Shando hit his second century in the Dhaka Test against Afghanistan. He became the second Bangladeshi player to achieve this milestone. Mominul Haq, who had done this before, at the other end, congratulated Santo.

In this case, Bangladesh’s lead increased to 491 runs at the lunch break. During the morning interview, coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that since it is only one Test match, he will not mind batting on the third day.

Zakir Hasan’s run out ended his promise of a 71-run century. The pair added 173 runs – the first example of a double century for the second wicket in each innings of a Test for Bangladesh.

Santo remained unbeaten on 112 off 133 balls with 14 fours. Mominul was dismissed for 43 runs off 52 balls. Bangladesh continued their brisk run-rate in the morning, adding 121 runs in 25 overs.

Shando took a couple of overs to get going, but his first boundary was a straight drive that mixed strength and poise. He used similar power to pull Yamin Ahmadzai for back-to-back fours, before Zakir hit two fours of his own. Shando was the enforcer at the other end, taking spinners Amir Hamza and Zaheer Khan to their nineties with a boundary each.

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For the second time in the tournament, Bangladesh lost their second wicket – after a big partnership – against the run of play. Zakir himself was run out as he called for the third run, miscalculating the speed of the boundary. Naseer Jamal saved the Shando shot from reaching the boundary, but Zakir fell at the striker’s end and he sent the throw to Ibrahim Sadran.

Apart from a hiccup around 4.5 overs, Bangladesh were bowled out on day two. Ebadot Hossain used the short ball to make it four wickets after he dismissed Shoriful Islam Sadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi either side of the break. Ebadot dismissed Abdul Malik and Rahmat Shah in his first spell and then added the wickets of Afsar Jazai and Hamza to his tally.

A fifth-wicket stand of 65 between Jazai and Naseer Jamal held Bangladesh’s attack in check, but Mehidi Hasan Miraz broke the partnership. Taijul Islam and Mehidi swept the tail cheaply. Afghanistan are 236 runs behind, though their pacers have provided a good start.

Nijad Masood took 5-79 on Test debut and Yamin Ahmadzai took two wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 382 in the first innings from 373 for 5. But neither the fast bowlers nor the spinners could stop the Bangladeshi players in the second innings. Sandhu and Zakir took 21 overs at stumps on the second day at an over rate of 5.52.

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