Visitors Afghanistan A cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Bangladesh A in the first four-day match at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Afghan leg spinner Qais Ahmed picked up seven wickets as Bangladesh collapsed to be all out for 175 in their second innings in the early morning of the final day before Ibrahim Zadran (76) and captain Nasir Jamal (59) ensured the visitors didn't have to face any hiccups in the small chase.
Qais struck early to remove last man Kamrul for 10 to end Bangladesh's slim chance to take the score into 200. Leg spinner Qais who claimed six wickets on day three to make most problems in Bangladesh's second innings, grabbed one more wicket on the final day to finish 7 for 65. He bagged nine wickets overall in the first unofficial Test and was adjudged the player of the match. He also scored 41 runs in the first innings.
Chasing 172 for win, paceman Salauddin Sakil removed opener Usman Ghani in the first over of the innings. The left arm pacer struck again after Ibrahim Zadran and Bahir Shah (20) put on 41 for the second wicket. The collapse continued when Sanzamul removed Shahidullah for 15. But later skipper Nasir Jamal and Ibrahim Zadran ensured there was no late drama as they put on a match-winning 102-run stand to seal a comfortable win.
Earlier, Bangladesh A Team finished day three with 166 runs lead and one wicket in hand. Afif Hossain (41) fought alone for Bangladesh otherwise it was another dominating day for the visitors.
Replying to Bangladesh's first innings total of 253 runs, touring Afghanistan A were all out for 257 runs in 78.2 overs to take a four-run lead in the first innings.
Night-watch batsman Afsar Zazai scored 45 off 115 balls while Qais Ahmad scored 46 off 53 balls for the visitors. Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Tanbir Hayder and Sunzamul Islam claimed 3 wickets each while Salahuddin Shakil picked up one.Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq and Sharafuddin Ashraf picked up one wicket each for the visiting Afghanistan.
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