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BAN vs AFG Test Highlights: Bangladesh register biggest win in 21st century

BAN vs AFG Test Highlights: Bangladesh register biggest win in 21st century

This is also the third biggest victory in terms of runs in Test cricket history.

BAN vs AFG: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 546 runs. Afghanistan has gotten absolutely hammered here by the hosts. This is the largest victory overall in terms of runs in the twenty-first century; (overall 3rd biggest) and the previous two were in 1928 and 1934. Afghanistan was not ever in this one-off Test from Day 1. It has all been Bangladesh.

Afghanistan had already defeated the hosts prior to this Test, therefore an even matchup was anticipated. However, since their triumph in 2019, the environment has changed. The surfaces are now better suited to fast bowling, as shown by the fact that pacers claimed 21 of the 33 wickets that were lost in the Test.

Najmul Hossain Shanto twin centuries in the match put hosts in control of a one-off Test against Afghanistan in Dhaka.

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Despite gaining a 236-run advantage in the first innings and leading by 370 runs at stumps on the second day, Bangladesh chose against enforcing the follow-on.

In their unbroken second-wicket stand, the pair accumulated 116 runs, with Mahmudul Hasan (17) the sole batter removed in the second innings. Ebadot Hossain returned 4-47, with Bangladesh needing just three overs after tea to finish off the Afghan innings, which was bowled out for 146.

Spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam finished with two wickets each after dismissing the final two batsmen. Afghanistan was reduced to 51-4 immediately after the lunch break by Ebadot and Shoriful Islam, before Nasir Jamal and Afsar Zazai put up some resistance with a 65-run fifth-wicket stand.

Mehidy broke the partnership when he lbw Jamal for 35, and Ebadot quickly dismissed Afsar for 36 to expose Afghanistan’s tail. Bangladesh resumed its first innings at 362-5 but was bowled out for 382 early in the morning after losing their last five wickets for just nine runs.

On his debut for Afghanistan, Nijat Masood scored 5-79, while pacer Yamin Ahmadzai concluded with 2-39. However, Afghanistan then lost three wickets in quick succession, putting an end to their blistering start to the day.

Ibrahim Zadran was out for six after nicking Shoriful, while Abdul Malik made 17 before falling to Ebadot, Zakir taking a sharp low catch at the third slip. Rahmat Shah was the next to go, holed out to Taskin Ahmed at midwicket off Ebadot for nine runs. Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi left for nine minutes after the intermission.

Before their unexpected collapse, the host had demonstrated some positive intent to increase its nighttime total. Mehidy was unbeaten overnight but was caught at gully by Amir Hamza off Yamin to end his promising innings at 48.

In the next over from Nijat, Mushfiqur Rahim (47) and Taijul Islam (0) joined Mehidy before Yamin removed Taskin for two. Nijat next bowled Shoriful to complete his five-for and end Bangladesh’s batting in an unexpectedly quick fashion.

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Afghanistan (Playing XI): Ibrahim Zadran, Abdul Malik, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Nasir Jamal, Afsar Zazai(w), Karim Janat, Amir Hamza, Zahir Khan, Nijat Masood, Yamin Ahmadzai

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Najmul Hossain Shanto, Zakir Hasan, Mominul Haque, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das(w/c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain

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