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Afghanistan Vs Bangladesh Test, Spinners Strangle Afghanistan in Opening Session

Afghanistan Vs Bangladesh Test: Spinners Strangle Afghanistan in Opening Session

Bangladesh used their spin ploy to good effect and have put themselves in a comfortable position very early in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Chattogram. Afghanistan ended the session with 77 for 3 on the board.
Bangladesh picked no pacers in their XI and stocked their side with plenty of spin options to unleash against Test Cricket’s newcomers, including skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who returned to the national fold for the first time post an outstanding World Cup. Afghanistan, on their part, employed a similar strategy and picked just one pacer and had three debutants in their XI.
Openers Ibrahim Zadran and Ihsanullah Janat were very cautious to begin with in the first 40-odd minutes with the spinners bowling tight lines. Only ten runs came off the first nine overs and their visitors hit their first boundary only in the 10th over when Zadran took full of an overpitched delivery to drive it through covers. The resistance didn’t last long though as Taijul Islam made the first breakthrough of the morning.
Having already beaten Ihsanullah with some sharp turn in the previous over, Taijul pitched one on middle and leg stump and the batsman’s indecisiveness cost his wicket with the ball turning away to rattle the stumps. Rahmat Shah’s presence brought back the calmness out in the middle but Zadran finally took on the aggressive route, using his feet against both Taijul and Shakib to fetch a couple of boundaries.
At one point, even Shah took full toll of a half-tracker from Shakib to fetch the first six of the innings. But just when Afghanistan seemed to have regained some control, Zadran threw his wicket away when Taijul teased him up with a fullish delivery outside off as the batsman miscued it to get caught at long-off.
New man Hashmatullah Shahidi and Shah fetched a couple of boundaries towards the end of the session before the hosts took full control of the contest with a wicket right towards the end. Mahmudullah, who came onto bowl a solitary over before the break, gave Shahidi some width but the batsman could only edge it to the slip fielder while attempting a cut. On a track that’s already showing signs of sharp turn in the morning session on the first day, Afghanistan will be eager to put up a decent first innings score and Shah’s composure will remain key to their hopes.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 77/3 (Rahmat Shah 31*, Ibrahim Zadran; Taijul Islam 2-21, Mahmudullah 1-1) vs Bangladesh.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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