Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, unique test: Rahmat Shah runs Afghanistan with historical tons
CHITTAGONG (Bangladesh): Batter Rahmat Shah On Thursday he became the first cricketer in Afghanistan to score a century of testing, helping the little fish to start strongly against Bangladesh on the opening day of the single game.
Shah made 102 and put a crucial fourth run of 120 races with Asghar Afghan, batting against 88, to counter Bangladesh's spinning attack at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Afghanistan had 271 for five on stumps with Afghanistan and Afsar Zazai, in 35, forming an association of 74 races in the final game session.
But it was Shah and Afghan who made sure that Afghanistan struggled to return to the competition after being in trouble at 77 for three during lunch.
Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan each took two wickets to hurt Afghanistan after tourists chose to hit first in their third five-day game.
The war-torn nation had a blunt introduction to Cricket test after India overcame them in two days in 2018.
Afghanistan recorded its first test victory against Ireland earlier this year with Shah scoring two fifties in the game, including a 98 in the first innings.
The first-order batter extended his prolific career in form when he reached his hundred with a limit in front of Hasan, raising his bat to a large ovation from the crowd and the locker room.
However, his celebration was brief, as Hasan caught the batter, who hit 10 four and two six in his 187 ball hit, on the next ball.
Hasan struck again with his spin three balls later in the same blow, shaking the stumps of Mohammad Nabi for nothing while Afghanistan fell to 197 by five.
Afghan, who survived a pardon at 42 by the television referee after receiving a leg before leaving Mehidy Hasan, hit three four and two six so far in his second Test Fifty.
In the first session, Taijul threw starter Ihsanullah Janat for nine with his left-hand turn and became the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach 100 test wickets.
Taijul, who finished the day with 2-73, also became Bangladesh's third bowler after Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Rafique to achieve such a feat in the longest format in his 25th game.
Mahmudullah, out of roulette, intervened when he forced Hashmatullah Shahidi to catch Soumya Sarkar in the slip for 14 at its first time.
Bangladesh made a full-turn attack without choosing a single bowler while Afghanistan delivered a Test debut to Ibrahim, Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan.
Afghanistan captain Rashid became the youngest test captain at the age of 20 350 days with the launch, beating the Zimbabwe Tatenda Taibu record, who made his debut as a test captain only eight days older than Rashid in 2004