Chattogram Test session 1: Taijul completes 100 scalps
Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, became the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to take 100 Test wickets on Thursday.
He reached the personal milestone in the first session of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
It took Taijul 44 innings of 25 Tests to achieve the feat as the third Bangladeshi. Shakib reached the milestone in 28 matches while Mohammad Rafique needed 33.
Taijul was short of one wicket before starting the match. While he took two wickets in the first session, Mahmudullah Riyad broke the partnership between Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah by removing Shahidi for 14 in the last over before the lunch break.
Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh have gone with no pacer in the playing XI. On the other hand, the tourists kept only a pacer in their XI.
Ihsanullah and Ibrahim Zadran started the innings adding 19 runs in the opening stand. The partnership broke when Taijul removed Ihsanullah.
Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim added 29 runs in the second wicket stand and were looking forward to building the innings slowly. But it was Taijul who scalped another wicket to break the potential big partnership removing Ibrahim for 21.
Mahmudullah took an easy catch.
In the second wicket stand, Rahmat and Hashmatullah added another 29 runs, and they were also looking comfortable in the middle. They were playing Bangladesh’s four-pronged spin attack with much concentration.
But at the stroke of the first break of the day, Mahmudullah sent Hashmatullah backed to the dressing room. Soumya Sarkar took a blinder on the second attempt.
Hashmatullah was looking to cut the ball but it was too fast to manage. And eventually, he ended up losing his wicket right before the lunch, which left the tourists struggling at the end of the season at 77 for three.
Rahmat was unbeaten for 31. A new batsman will join him at the crease after lunch.
This is the first Test between the two teams.
Bangladesh XI: Soumya Sarkar, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan
Afghanistan XI: Ihsanullah, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan (capt), Yamin Ahmadzai, Qais Ahmad, Zahir Khan