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Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Only Test at Chattogram, BDESH v AFG, Sep 05 2019 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Only Test, Chattogram, September 05 - 09, 2019, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh
342 & 260
(T:398) 205 & 173

Afghanistan won by 224 runs

Player Of The Match
51, 5/55, 24 & 6/49
BAN 2nd Innings
Full commentary

So that's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

A win that will be remembered for a long time. The thing that stood out, as Rashid said, was how the Afghanistan batsmen applied themselves. Rahmat and Asghar were expected to play the roles they did - the former becoming Afghanistan's first Test centurion - but what more heartening to see was the way Ibrahim Zadran and Afsar Zazai batted. Both showed great technique and scored crucial runs. Then Rashid's fifty in the first innings and 11 wickets in the game on captaincy debut took them over the line.

W Khpalwak : "Afghan Cricket faced some problems in World Cup where we Afghans were embarrassed. After that I wasn't interested in the cricket anymore. Today after a long time I got happy for cricket and want to heartily congratulate ACB for the great achievement. Well done BOYS."

Vijay Thummar: "I was on Cricinfo for full day just to read commentary for last wicket !!!"

Rashid Khan: The credit goes to the players, supporting staff. The camp we had in Abu Dhabi was in the hottest weather I have ever been and then you come here; compared to that, it looked easier out here. It was a total team effort. The youngsters are learning very quickly, and especially we have a good four-day structure at home. That's the best thing done by the cricket board. The challenge was for the batsmen to stay at the pitch for as long as possible and they did a terrific job. One more thing. The legend Nabi, who has played his last Test, has helped me and other young spinners a lot. I wish him all the best and I want to dedicate my Man-of-the-Match award to him.

Rashid Khan is Player of the Match.

Shakib Al Hasan: I think it's combination of application of our batsmen and Afghanistan bowling. We need to do a lot of hard work to become a good, consistent team. After playing for 20 years, we cannot say it's a build-up process. We are playing a Test after quite some time but credit goes to Afghanistan. We need to forget this match as soon as possible and focus on the T20 series. Afghanistan are a very good team in that format. With the [T20] World Cup coming up next year, we need to focus on T20s.

Time for presentation.

Rajiv Mel: "I'm a Lankan with nothing to do with these two nations but I found myself pumping my fist after that last wicket. Great stuff"

5.20pm What a win for Afghanistan. What a farewell Test for Mohammad Nabi who is getting a guard of honour. Oh, looked like Rashid and Asghar hadn't joined, so he is getting a second guard of honour. But what a performance by Afghanistan. First Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan led the way in the first innings. Then Rashid's five-wicket haul helped them bowl Bangladesh for just 205. After setting a target of 398, Rashid once again showed the way as Afghanistan fought the lower-order resistance and rain to script a win with only 3.2 overs left in the Test.

Rashid Khan to Soumya, OUT

that's it, fuller ball around middle and leg, spinning on to the pads, Soumya looks to defend from the front foot, gets an inside edge onto the pads and this time it lobs towards short leg where Ibrahim Zadran makes no mistake. Sixth wicket for Rashid and a memorable win for Afghanistan

Soumya Sarkar c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan 15 (59b 2x4 0x6 74m) SR: 25.42
Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

slower on the stumps, blocked again

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

length ball around off once more, Soumya goes back, looks to defend with soft hands, from the face of the bat to on to the pads and rolls on the off side

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

length ball around off, goes back and defends it on the leg side

Four overs left

end of over 612 runs
BAN: 173/9CRR: 2.83 
Nayeem Hasan1 (8b)
Soumya Sarkar15 (55b 2x4)
Zahir Khan 15-0-59-3
Rashid Khan 21-6-49-5
Zahir Khan to Nayeem, no run

fuller around off, lunges forward and dead-bats it

Zahir Khan to Nayeem, no run

spinning back in from outside off, Nayeem goes deep and blocks

Zahir Khan to Nayeem, no run

fuller outside off, and beaten again as the batsman looks to defend

Zahir Khan to Nayeem, no run

fuller outside off, Nayeem pushes at it and gets beaten

Around the wicket

Zahir Khan to Soumya, 1 run

fuller around off, squeezed towards point and surprisingly they take the single. Think Soumya thought there was another run available, he has his hands on his head

Zahir Khan to Nayeem, 1 run

a full toss around the off stumps, Nayeem almost hit it back towards the bowler but more importantly he manages to sneak in a single

A bit of drizzle, apparently but they are not stopping yet. Zahir is back

end of over 60Maiden
BAN: 171/9CRR: 2.85 
Soumya Sarkar14 (54b 2x4)
Nayeem Hasan0 (3b)
Rashid Khan 21-6-49-5
Mohammad Nabi 20-5-39-1
Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

a leading edge falls short of mid-off, was a googly on a length, Soumya closed the face of the bat too early but luckily it falls safe, between mid-off and short extra cover

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

length ball on the stumps, looks to flick but misses, off the thigh and falls short off the short leg

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

length ball around off, a big stride forward before shouldering arms, wasn't far away from the off stump

Over the wicket

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

length ball around middle, turned away towards square leg

Rashid Khan to Soumya, 4 byes

some turn and bounce, Soumya moves outside the line of the ball and looks to glance, misses and so does the keeper, four byes

Rashid Khan to Soumya, no run

fuller but down the leg side, Soumya is not bothered

Six overs left, if light permits. Rashid around the wicket

end of over 591 run
BAN: 167/9CRR: 2.83 
Soumya Sarkar14 (48b 2x4)
Nayeem Hasan0 (3b)
Mohammad Nabi 20-5-39-1
Rashid Khan 20-5-49-5
M Nabi to Soumya, 1 run

uses his feet and takes it on the pull, pushes it towards mid-on and sets off, the fielder juggles and Soumya keeps the strike

M Nabi to Soumya, no run

fuller around off, comes forward and pushes it to the right of the bowler

The clouds are gathering. The field is spread

M Nabi to Soumya, no run

tossed up on the stumps, Soumya waits for it before turning it on the leg side

M Nabi to Soumya, no run

flatter and quicker, angled in, defended from the crease

M Nabi to Soumya, no run

a touch fuller around off, Soumya once again goes back and blocks

M Nabi to Soumya, no run

short around off, slow turn away, defended from the back foot

Thauhid: "This is that Rashid Khan who was criticised and trolled abruptly after a bad day against England in CWC'19, you guys remember?"

Nabi to continue. Four men around the bat on the off side, plus a short leg

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