The Afghan captain Rashid Khan, who played in his first game as a test captain, brought Bangladesh to sword on the second day in Chittagong and impressed with racket and ball.
The home team’s spin-heavy bowling attack failed to upset the 20-year-old all-rounder at first, as Rashid’s 61-ball 51-team drove his team to 342 – Afghanistan’s highest test innings score to date. Asghar Afghane fell early in the day for a brave 92 after holding the innings together after the Centurion Rahmat Shah sacked the first day.
Rashid was equally strong with the ball, scoring four goals as the hosts fell to 130/7 before a stoic attempt by Mosaddek Hossain (44 *) and Taijul Islam (15 *) dragged Shakib Al Hasan’s side into a more respectable side but still possibly inadequate 194/8 at stumps.
It's been another excellent day for Afghanistan, but Bangladesh have battled hard in the last hour.— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2019
The hosts finish on 194/8, with an unbroken ninth-wicket stand between Mosaddek Hossain (44*) and Taijul Islam (14*) worth 48. #BANvAFG SCORECARD ⬇️https://t.co/kHXVx32oOc pic.twitter.com/3DZB84G8wm
Afghanistan started on 271/5 after beating well on day one, but Asghar and Asfar Zazai both fell at the start of the morning session against Taijul (4/116). Rashid’s launch of number eight came in time as he hit three sixes and two limits on the way to an exciting first half-century test.
Shakib (2/64) finally cleared the tail, but Afghanistan took advantage of the momentum for the following innings, with sailor Yamin Ahmadzai (1/21) in the first round responsible for the wicket of Shadman Islam (0).
Mohammad Nabi (2/53) and Rashid then did some light work on setting up the Tigers, who dismissed the extremely experienced middle-order duo of Shakib (11) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0), putting all the pressure on Bangladesh at 88/5 ,
A lone fifty from Mominul Haque (52) added a little boost to the home team’s power, supported by admirable contributions from Mosaddek and Taijul, but tourists still could seize the day they dwarfed their opponents from the start ,
Bangladesh is now in its third day. 148 runs behind the first innings of Afghanistan are with only