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10 September, 2019 01:06:41 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 September, 2019 12:47:57 PM

Tigers surrender as Afghan spin rules

Tigers surrender as Afghan spin rules
Afghan cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Soumya Sarkar on the fifth and last day of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday. BCB Photo

Despite some favours from the nature, Bangladesh failed to capitalise it as the hosts meekly surrendered to Test newcomers Afghanistan and conceded a comprehensive 224-run loss with only 3.2 overs to spare on last day of the solitary Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram yesterday. For the visitors, it was like they came, fought and conquered everything easily although it was predicted that the Test would be finished on day fourth. However, the rainy day heightened the expectation of the home side to at least draw the one-off match.

Initially, Bangladesh thought that they would require batting throughout the fifth and final day of the one-off Test at the ZACS in Sagorika, Chattogram in a bid to save the Test against the visiting team. But a rainy day only reduced their time of play.

Following the loss of the first session, when two overnight batsmen Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar started batting to save the match from the jaw of the embarrassing defeat, the rain once again made its onslaught just seven minutes after start of the match at 1:00pm.

The two unbeaten batsmen faced off Afghan flamboyant spin trio -- Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan -

and scored seven runs from 13 balls including a wide delivery, meaning that Bangladesh by that time put on 143 for six on the board. Shakib remained unbeaten on 44 and Soumya was on two not out.

Thereafter, the play on Day 5 resumed after more than a three-hour gap at 4:20pm.

Afghan players were desperately waiting for the time to resume the match and thronged to a corner of the pitch.

This time, chinaman bowler Zahir Khan delivered the first ball after the resumption, which made Afghan players ecstatic. It was like a dream start for the visitors as they bagged the huge wicket of Shakib, who came back in order to cut the short ball outside off and got a feather to it. Shakib fell for 44.

At this stage of the game, Afghanistan were three wickets away from an emphatic win that put a mounting pressure on Bangladesh. The visitors tried their level best to put pressure on Bangladesh batsmen through tight fielding and sharp deliveries of off-spin, leg-spin and right-arm spin.

By then, a sharp leg-break by Rashid Khan, who’s getting into the groove, pitched on off around a length and whizzed past Mehidy Hasan Miraj’s defence that was really close to the outside edge.

Later, Rashid bowled a quicker googly around off that Mehidy Hasan got beaten on his defence.

Miraj took a review where umpires withheld the decision of dismissal. Rashid bagged his fourth wicket of the innings and needed just one more to take 10 wickets in the match that he completed to spin Taijul Islam leg-before wicket. There was a confusion of Taijul’s out but Bangladesh had no review left. If they got chance to take the review the scenario might be changed.

Rashid later shattered all the hopes of the home side to draw the match when he dismissed Soumya Sarkar and created history to triumph the Test for Afghanistan.

Playing against Bangladesh as captain, he already wrote his name in Test history as the world’s youngest Test skipper. He supported his team with his willow beside his mainstay performance with cherry. He slammed fifty and picked up 11 wickets in the match, the feat is yet to score in cricket history as the debutant Test skipper. He was named player of the match for his all-round performance.

Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan led the way in their first innings of 342. Then Rashid’s five-wicket haul helped them bowl Bangladesh for just 205. After setting a target of 398, Rashid once again showed the way as Afghanistan fought the lower-order resistance and rain to script a win with only 3.2 overs left in the Test.

Earlier, the day five of the lone Test between Bangladesh and visiting Afghanistan was scheduled to resume at 9:30am as the fourth day games was called off 22 overs before the scheduled game time on Sunday due to the seasonal downpour.

But the entire ground was flooded with relentless rain yesterday morning that delayed the start of the match by three and a half hours. The intensity of the rain had been reduced towards 11:00am. And then, the umpires fixed the starting time of the match at 1:00pm after inspecting the overall condition of the pitch.

Along with that, they reshuffled the duration of the sessions that washed out the first session and it was fixed to play maximum 63 overs of the match. As per the reschedule, the second session would span from 1:00pm to 3:10pm while the tea break was planned for 20 minutes from 3:10pm to 3:30pm. The third session would be for an hour from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The fourth and the final session was also identical (for an hour) — spanning 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Accordingly, the groundstaff removed the cover and refurbished the pitch for the game under the supervision of the pitch curator Praveen Hinganikar alongside the local curator Zahid Reza Babu.





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