Rahmat Shah ton takes Afghanistan in charge of first day
Rahmat Shah became first Afghan batsman to score a hundred in Test, driving his team towards a respectable position at the end of the first day of one-off Test against Bangladesh.
At stumps of day one at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, visiting Afghanistan scored 271 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The innings stretched to 96 overs following 15-minutes rain interruption.
26-year old Rahmat Shah together with Asghar Afghan showcased a brilliant fightback for Afghanistan after the team reeling at 77 for 3 in the opening session.
In the morning session of the day, the spin-heavy attack led by Taijul Islam strangled the touring side after they decided to bat first on winning the toss.
Taijul claimed two early wickets that included his 100th in Test as well, put Afghanistan in pressure at the beginning of their innings.
And when Mahmudullah Riyad knocked down Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan went to lunch three down.
But Shah and Afghan batted stubbornly throughout the second session, built up a century partnership and turned the game around for Afghanistan.
A steady Rahmat Shah faced 187 balls in his innings scoring 102 runs in a strike rate of 54.55. He smashed 10 shots to cross the boundary rope.
It was the first ever Test hundred by any Afghanistan batsman. He built a 120-run partnership with Asghar Afghan before being dismissed by Nayeem Hasan.
The most positive note for Afghanistan at the end of the day is that Asghar Afghan is still there batting with 88 runs. If he could continue for more in the second morning, Afghanistan would fairly be able to mount a prominent score on the board. With him, Afsar Zazai is also not out scoring 35.
Afghanistan 1st innings 271/5 (96 overs)
Rahmat Shah 102, Asghar Afghan 88*, Afsar Zazai 35*