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Rashid stars with bat, ball to leave Afghanistan in control

September 6, 2019

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan hit his first test half-century to propel the team to a record total of 342 before claiming 4-47 on Friday to leave Bangladesh in trouble in a one-off test.

Replying to Afghanistan’s 342 all out, Bangladesh was struggling on 194-8 at stumps on Day 2.

Rashid hit three sixes in his 51 off 61 balls, helping Afghanistan beat its total of 314 posted against Ireland in March.

Afghanistan resumed on 271-5 and Asghar Afghan added only four runs to his overnight 88 before falling to Taijul Islam, who returned figures of 4-116. Asghar missed out on becoming the team’s second century-maker, after Rahmat Shah (102) from the opening day.

Afsar Zazai also struck 41 for the Afghans, whose score looked formidable with the pitch offering turn and bounce.

Bangladesh fell into deep trouble at 0-1 when opener Shadman Islam chased a wide delivery from fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai off the fourth ball of the innings, giving a simple catch behind.

Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar steadied the innings, though Liton needed to review the umpire’s decision to give him out to an inside edge from offspinner Mohammad Nabi when on 1.

Nabi got his rewards for hitting the right length consistently with the wicket of Soumya for 17, when he had him lbw with a slider.

Rashid struck in his first over, bowling Liton (33) with a quicker delivery, and got his opposite number Shakib Al Hasan lbw for 11 with a traditional leg-break.

One ball later, Rashid had Mushfiqur Rahim caught by wicketkeeper Ibrahim Zadran for two-ball duck.

Video footage didn’t give any conclusive proof whether the ball hit the ground or Mushfiqur’s boot before touching his bat to go through to the wicketkeeper. The umpire gave a soft signal, however, and the third umpire kept the on-field decision.

Mahmudullah (7) was undone by a delivery from Rashid that kept low, as Mominul Haque — holding the other end — continued to see wickets fall around him.

Mominul brought up his 13th half-century with a powerful stroke for four through mid-on, but holed out shortly after that off Nabi.

Legspinner Qais Ahmad removed Mehidy Hasan (11) for his maiden wicket before Mosaddek Hossain (44) and Taijul (14) offered some late resistance with an unbeaten 48-run stand for the ninth wicket — the highest for Bangladesh in any wicket in the innings.

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