Published:  01:22 AM, 09 September 2019

Afghans closer to historic Test win

Afghans closer to historic Test win Afghanistan players go up in appeal for Mushfiqur Rahim's wicket against Bangladesh during the solitary Test match in Chattogram on Sunday. -Collected

Hosts Bangladesh faced an uphill struggle to save the first Test after the Afghanistan's rampant spinners yet again caused havoc with the ball on day four in the one-off Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.Visitors took six wickets as they tightened the screws on Bangladesh after setting a mammoth target of 397 for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh were 136 for six at the close of the fourth day in their second innings. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 39 and Soumya Sarkar was on no score with Bangladesh needing to bat out three sessions over the final day or chase down remaining 262 runs to avoid defeat in the ongoing one-off Test match.

 Meanwhile tourists Afghans are just four wickets away from their historic Test win against Bangladesh. Chasing 397 for victory, the hosts were tottering at 82 for four in their second innings before opener Shadman Islam and skipper Shakib AL Hasan reached tea break safely. Bangladesh were never comfortable as the disciplined Afghan spinners made it difficult for them to score runs.

Leg spinner Rashid Kahn who caused most problems in Bangladesh's first innings, yet again tore through Bangladesh batting order by capturing three wickets. Chinaman spinner Zahir Khan also bagged two wickets while Mohammad Nabi took one wicket.Opener Shadman who showed patient against Afghan spin wizards with 114-ball 41, was given leg before-wicket after tea break.

Mahmudullah (7) hastened the downfall of the team who got an edge off Rashid Khan's spin and Ibrahim Zadran took a brilliant reflex catch at short leg. The rain interrupted after Mahmudullah's exit as the day four was forced to stumps. Earlier, the tourists resumed on 237 for eight and were dismissed for 260 in their second innings.

Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan took three wickets while Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan claimed two wickets each.Afghan wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai was unbeaten on 48. The only Test will be followed by a tri-nation series involving Zimbabwe.

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