Spinners advance Bangladesh in first session of the first day
At the end of the first session of the first day in one-off Test match against Bangladesh, Afghanistan scored 77 runs for the loss of 3 wickets at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The coin luck belonged to Rashid Khan, the Afghan captain who stepped into the field being recorded as the youngest Test captain ever played, and he decided to bat first.
But the effectiveness of the decision had soon been overturned by Bangladesh spinners. Taijul Islam protruded through the Afghan innings as early as in the 13th over of the match dislodging the opponent opener Ihsanullah Janat.
Janat scored 9 off 36. The second wicket partnership between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah stood for 29 runs before Zadran became the second victim of Taijul in the match.
Taijul lured Zadran and the batsman looped the ball high enough to be landed in the safe hands of Mahmudullah Riyad in long-off.
In the penultimate over of the first session, Mahmudullah Riyad did the damage in the Afghan batting line-up when Rahmat Shah Hashmatullah Shahidi seemed quite settled.
Shahidi misjudged the flight and went for a cut shot. Soumya Sarkar reacted with a brilliant catch at slip that cost Afghanistan to lose their third wicket of the day.
Rahmat Shah is batting with unbeaten 31.
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