Afghanistan are in a commanding position at Tea of their solitary Test against Bangladesh. They currently lead by 293 runs and are set to take it well beyond 300.
Afghanistan have 156-4 onboard at Tea as opener Ibrahim Zadran is unbeaten on 82 and is being accompanied by Afsar Zazai.
Afghanistan began the second session at 56-3 and continued to milk runs fairly easily. Asghar Afghan picked up his second fifty of the match as Ibrahim Zadran also picked up his half-century. Their 108-run stand was eventually broken by Taijul Islam as Afghan was caught at leg slip by Shakib. The visitors lost no more wickets in the session to ensure a healthy lead.
Earlier, Bangladesh started the day on 194/8 after Mosaddek Hossain and Taijul Islam showed great resilience at the end of day two. But it took Mohammad Nabi only three deliveries to break the partnership as he knocked off Taijul’s stumps. Nayeem provided Mosaddek some help during his brief stay but was undone by a Rashid Khan googly as Mosaddek was left unbeaten at 48. Rashid picked up five wickets as Nabi picked up three.
Bangladesh had a good start in the Afghan second innings as skipper Shakib Al Hasan struck twice in the very first over of the innings to reduce the Afghans to 4-2. The brief 24-run stand between Ibrahim Zadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi was broken by Nayeem as Shahidi was caught brilliantly at first slip by Soumya Sarkar.
Afghanistan scored 342 in their first innings where they proved to be a hard nut to crack for the Bangladeshi bowlers.