Chattogram Test session 2: Rahmat Shah close to first Test ton
Bangladeshi bowlers are struggling to dislodge Afghanistan batsmen at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram as Rahmat Shah is very close to hitting his maiden Test hundred.
In the second session of the match, Bangladesh bowled 36.2 overs but failed to grab any wickets.
Resuming their first session total 77/3 in 32.4 overs, Afghanistan batsmen showed firm batting display in the second session as they reached 191 in 68 overs without losing any more wickets.
Rahmat and Asghar Afghan were batting for 97 and 48 while going to the tea break of day one of Chattogram Test.
Earlier, Rashid Khan, who became the youngest to lead a team in Tests, won the toss and opted to bat first.
Afghanistan lost two wickets to Taijul Islam in the first session. With grabbing the first wicket, Taijul became the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to take 100 Test wickets. Mohammad Rafique and Shakib Al Hasan are the other two bowlers who also scalped 100 or more wickets in Tests.
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.
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 in 32.4 overs.
However, after the lunch, Rahmat resumed the innings with the former captain Asghar and they are helping Afghanistan to put up a good score as they remained unbeaten while the tea break.
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