Bangladesh close to large defeat against Afghanistan
Bangladesh need 262 runs to win in the final day of the solitary Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chattogram whereas Afghanistan need four wickets as rain-interrupted 4th day of the game ousted when Bangladesh were at 136 for six in their second innings on Sunday evening.
Bangladesh with an underpinned batting order struggling to avoid a big margin shame against the latest elite members of the ICC. Home side batters hardly could buck against Afghan turners. The weakness against leg-break and chinaman once again put Bangladesh batsmen on the sword. They lost one after another wicket against Rashid, Zahir, Qais conundrum. They lost six top order batsmen yet before scoring 150 runs to bat targeting 398.
Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar were at the crease with 39 and 0 respectively before rain raid at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Bangladesh played few gambling in batting order and possibly to maintain left-right combination. All the experiments went in vine against spin-magic of visiting side. Four of the six batsmen returned being LBW, which means they couldn't read the direction of balls.
Bangladesh had a very good first session claiming last two guests' wickets cheaply and went to lunch without any deficit. But Liton Das, who succeeded Soumya Sarkar at opening stand, was fooled by Zahir Khan soon after the lunch break. Mosaddek Hossain was sent at the in place of Mominul Haque, who was looking good against outside off-stump deliveries. He threw his wicket playing a rush shot scoring 12 runs. The positive attitude of Mushfiqur Rahim also didn't work against touring skipper. He went dug out with 23. Mominul followed Mushfiq one over later as Bangladesh started to quaver to stay in wickets with 82 for four.
The outcry of opener Shadman Islam got a premature finishing of a good innings that further deepened Bangladesh shocking moments. Shadman went for 41 while Mahmudullah was fooled by Rashid Khan's wrong'un, who gave catch at short leg just after seven assemble. Rashid Khan picked three while Zahir Khan took two wickets.
Afghanistan piled-up 342 runs in their first innings and restricted hosts at 205. They scored 260 in their second innings to set a enormous target of 398 for Bangladesh and the current scenario reveals that only rain can save Bangladesh from swallowing a huge defeat at home.