Afghanistan in Bangladesh, Only Test, 2019

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan - One-off Test

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Date: 05 September-09 September, 2019

Bangladesh 173/10

RR: 2.80 | Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 224 runs

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That ends the only Test! Afghanistan, to the surprise of many, have come out victorious. They become only the second team after Australia to get 2 wins in their first 3 Tests. What follows next is a tri-series between Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. That starts on Friday, September 13, 2019 between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at 6.30 pm local (1230 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

VICTORIOUS AFGHAN SKIPPER, RASHID KHAN, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Rashid starts by thanking the Almighty for the win. Tells that he is happy with his team's performance and his captaincy. Adds they are new and admits it is not easy but he credits his players for showing the fight they did. Credits the young players in the squad and the support staff for this win. Singles the batters for their performance. Rashid feels the youngsters are coming in with a lot of confidence as the domestic circuit has got better and the 4-day games have helped them grow. Tells they had a good preparation for the game and credits the batsmen for applying themselves and fighting it out in the middle. Tells they are ready and excited for the upcoming T20 series. Ends by crediting Nabi. Thanks him for helping him and other players in the side and hopes to continue to play along with him in the shorter formats.

Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan says that they lacked application while batting but also says Afghanistan bowled really well. Credits them for their win. Shakib admits after playing for 20 years they cannot say it is a build-up process. Feels they have not played Tests for a while and thinks that might have been a case why the players were not upto the mark. Tells Afghanistan kept building pressure on them and that is the reason they came out on top. Says he is looking forward to the upcoming T20 series as the T20 World Cup is just a year away.

A spinner's paradise it was called and it indeed turned out to be that way. Just 1 wicket fell to a pacer out of the total 40 and Rashid led the way from the front. Bangladesh tried their best but on Day 3, surprisingly, there was not much turn on offer. If they had managed to bowl out the Afghans early on that day, there might still have been an outside chance. But as is the case in most Asian Tests, toss wins you the game more or less. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

Afghanistan have produced a commanding performance. Winning the toss paved half the way for a win and they made use of that advantage. Getting close to 350 on a spinning track was always going to be difficult to challenge and Bangladesh never stood up. Rashid's 5-fer helped gain a lead close to 140 and that sealed the deal. In both the innings, the Afghans had one common factor. One batsman played a long innings and one hung around with the tail. Rahmat Shah and skipper Rashid did it in the first innings while Ibrahim Zadran and Afsar Zazai did the honours in the second.

Too many strokes being played? One would think so. Shakib Al Hasan started the rut on Day 5, playing a wild shot, edging one behind. That started a procession and eventually, the inevitable happened. Rashid got a 6-fer, finishing with 11 for the match. Bangladesh were under immense pressure and they wilted, not from Day 4, but from the first innings itself. Just one half centurion across both innings combined.

We were scheduled to start 30 minutes early. 98 overs slotted. That early start never happened. Lunch came and went. Then play began, only to be interrupted by rain. Tea came and went. And eventually, when the final possible chance came, it was indeed the last one. 19 overs were scheduled and with a little over 3 overs to spare, the visitors pulled one right out of the hat.

'Afghanistan won?' asks Aatma. The holy spirit. Relax. Just a colleague of ours. As shell-shocked as us. Who would have thought? From a position of getting the match called off due to rain, Afghanistan have pulled off a stunning win in the closing hours of play.

61.4
0
R Khan to Sarkar, OUT! AFGHANISTAN HAVE DONE IT! They have won the race against time, weather and everything that was against them. This is a massive, massive statement from the young cricketing nation. In just their 3rd Test they have come to the home of the Tigers and conquered their den. Floated delivery on middle and leg, Soumya plants his front foot forward and looks to defend.
61.3
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Tossed up on the stumps, Soumya keeps it out.
61.2
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Floated on off, Sarkar looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his boots.
61.1
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Floated on the stumps, Sarkar keeps it out.
60.6
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Googly outside off. It comes in but Nayeem does well to keep it out. Nayeem survives.
60.5
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Floated on the stumps, Nayeem blocks it away.
60.4
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Floated outside off, Nayeem looks to defend but the ball goes past the outside edge.
60.3
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Tossed up outside off, Nayeem looks to defend but misses. Not leaving it alone as he fears the googly.
60.2
1
Z Khan to Sarkar, Has Sarkar done a blunder here. Floated on the pads, Sarkar flicks it through square leg and comes out for a run. He thinks he will get two but the fielder is quick to get to the ball and Soumya will have to be satisfied with just a single. Nayeem will have to survive at least one ball here.
60.1
1
Z Khan to Hasan, Nayeem gets to the other end. Full toss on middle, Nayeem hits it uppishly but wide of the bowler towards mid on for one. The number 11 has done it's job here.

Zahir Khan is back into the attack.

59.6
0
R Khan to Sarkar, JUST SHORT! That was not far away from being the last wicket. Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Sarkar looks to flick but the ball takes the outside edge and falls short of Asghar Afghan who comes running ahead from mid off but he does not put in a dive and the ball falls away from him.

Ali the Godman - 'Ahhh... something other than the Ashes is also interesting! My bet is on Bangladesh saving this Test match.'

59.5
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Shorter on the pads, Soumya looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge. It lobs up but falls well wide of short leg.
59.4
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Lovely ball outside off! Leg spinner outside off, Soumya lunges out and leaves it alone. Once again this was not far away from the pad.
59.3
0
R Khan to Sarkar, On the pads, Soumya turns it to square leg.
59.2
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Quicker leg spinner around leg, Soumya looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the keeper's glove and goes fine down the leg side to the fine leg fence. Byes signalled by the umpire.
59.1
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Darts one down the leg side, Soumya leaves it alone.
58.6
1
M Nabi to Sarkar, Loopy delivery around off. Sarkar comes down and takes it on the full. He strokes it wide of mid on and takes a quick single. Asghar Afghan fails to gather it and Sarkar is home.
58.5
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Bowls a flighted ball on off, Soumya pushes it to mid off.
58.4
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, On the pads, Soumya nicely flicks it towards square leg.
58.3
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
58.2
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Gives it air on off, Sarkar keeps it out.
58.1
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Shorter on off, Sarkar defends it off the back foot.
57.6
0
R Khan to Hasan, Floated on off, Nayeem blocks it to get through the over.
57.5
0
R Khan to N Hasan, Hello! Nayeem is not gon a defend. He has gone for a drive. Floated on off, Nayeem drives it but it hits the man at silly point.
57.4
0
R Khan to Hasan, Bowls one down the leg side. Nayeem leaves it alone.

Nayeem Hasan is the last man in. Minimum of 7.3 overs left in this game for him to survive.

Taijul Islam wants the review. But Bangladesh have no reviews left! Sarkar tells him that but Taijul is adamant. He has to walk back because there is no review left.

57.3
0
Khan to Islam, OUT! LBW! Rashid gets his first 10 wicket-haul in Tests. In the meantime, he joins an elite list of becoming the third captain after Allan Border and Imran Khan to pick up a 10-fer and score a fifty in the same Test match. He has been brilliant with the bat and ball here. Bowls a full delivery on middle, Islam looks to flick but misses the ball. It hits him on the pads and the Afghan players appeal. The umpire gives it out after some thought. Taijul wants the review but Soumya says that there is no review available but Taijul keeps on insisting. However, Soumya firmly tells him that there is no review left and Islam eventually has to make the long walk back to the pavilion. The replays roll in now, and Ultra Edge shows that there was an inside edge on that! How unlucky it was for Taijul? No wonder he was insisting in taking the review.
57.2
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
57.1
0
R Khan to Islam, BEATEN! Googly on middle, Taijul attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
56.6
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Flatter delivery outside off, Sarkar leaves it alone.
56.5
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Loopy ball on middle, Sarkar defends it back to the bowler.
56.4
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
56.3
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Flat delivery outside off, Sarkar leaves it alone.
56.2
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Full delivery on off, Sarkar attempts to defend but gets an outside edge towards first slip. The fielder collects it on one bounce.
56.1
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Flatter delivery outside off, Sarkar leaves it alone.
55.6
0
R Khan to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Islam flicks it to the leg side.
55.5
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
55.4
0
R Khan to Islam, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Islam looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The Afghan players appeal but nothing from the umpire.

Taijul Islam is the new man in.

55.3
0
Khan to Hasan, OUT! Rashid, the Maestro strikes for Afghanistan. Fourth wicket for him in this innings. Lovely piece of bowling from Rashid this, bowls a googly on off, which spuns a little, Mehidy attempts to defend but misses the ball. The ball goes on to hit the front pad. The Afghan players put in a huge appeal and the umpire gives it out. Mehidy looks stunned at the decision and opts for the review. The replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat. Ball Tracker then rolls in and it is three reds. Mehidy has to go. Afghanistan get closer to a victory.
55.2
1
R Khan to Sarkar, Flatter delivery on middle, Sarkar flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
55.1
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Full delivery on off, Sarkar defends it off the front foot.
54.6
0
Q Ahmad to Hasan, Punched off the backfoot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
54.5
4
Q Ahmad to Hasan, FOUR! Good shot from Mehidy, short ball around off, Mehidy cuts it off his back foot towards the backward point region for a boundary. First boundary of the day.
54.4
0
Q Ahmad to M Hasan, Full delivery on off, Hasan drives it to mid off.
54.3
0
Q Ahmad to Hasan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
54.2
2
Q Ahmad to Hasan, Flatter delivery on middle, Hasan flicks it to fine leg and takes a couple.
54.1
0
Q Ahmad to Hasan, PLAY AND A MISS! Short delivery outside off, Mehidy sees the ball as an opportunity to hit the ball for four and looks for an expansive drive but misses it completely. Was that shot needed when only 11 overs are remaining in the day?

Qais Ahmad is into the attack.

53.6
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Shorter on the pads, Sarkar keeps it out.
53.5
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
53.4
0
R Khan to Sarkar, On the stumps, Sarkar keeps it out.
53.3
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Tossed up on off, Soumya calmly defends it onto the ground.
53.2
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Floated on middle and off, Sarkar defends it off the front foot.
53.1
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Sarkar calmly leaves it alone.
52.6
0
Z Khan to Hasan, DROPPED! Hasan is lucky to survive there. Zahir bowls a flighted delivery on middle, Hasan looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads which flies towards short leg where Hashmatullah Shahidi makes a mess of it. Very few overs are left and the visitors might just regret that.
52.5
1
Z Khan to Sarkar, Flighted ball on off, Sarkar pushes this to cover for a single.
52.4
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, Loopy ball on middle, Sarkar defends it off the front foot.
52.3
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, The batsman works it down the leg side.
52.2
0
Z Khan to Sarkar,Full delivery on off, Sarkar defends it to silly point. The Afghan players appeal for an ambitious appeal for caught but nothing from the umpire. The bat must have hit the ground.
52.1
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, Flat delivery on middle, Soumya blocks it out.
51.6
0
R Khan to M Hasan, Full delivery on off, Hasan drives this to mid off for nothing.
51.5
0
R Khan to Hasan, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad.
51.4
0
R Khan to Hasan, Flatter delivery on middle turning into the batsman, Hasan looks to flick but misses.
51.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Quicker delivery on middle, Mehidy defends it off the back foot.
51.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, BEATEN! Beautiful ball! Googly from Rashid around off, Mehidy attempts to defend but is unable to put bat on it.
51.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Flatter delivery outside off, Mehidy lets it go to the keeper.

Some halt in play here. The Afghanistan players are having a chat. Oh... there is an issue with the ball. The umpires are getting it changed.

50.6
3
Z Khan to Hasan, Floated on the pads, Mehidy paddles it fine down the leg side and gets three as the ball does not have the legs to reach the fence.
50.5
2
Z Khan to Hasan, Tossed up on middle, Mehidy milks it wide of mid on for a couple.
50.4
0
Z Khan to Hasan, On the stumps, Mehidy calmly defends it off the front foot.
50.3
1
Z Khan to Sarkar, Floated on off, Sarkar drives it towards cover for one.
50.2
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, Ohhh! That was very close. Wrong 'un outside off, Sarkar gets on his front foot and leaves it alone. The ball misses the front pad by just a fraction. Would have been really close had it kissed the pad.
50.1
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, On off, Sarkar pushes it to mid off.
49.6
0
R Khan to Hasan, On the pads, Mehidy glances it towards mid-wicket.
49.5
0
R Khan to Hasan, Floated on middle, Mehidy strokes it to mid on.
49.4
0
R Khan to Hasan, Googly now. It is short around off, Mehidy gets on his back foot and defends it very late with a flat bat.
49.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Floated on the stumps, Mehidy lunges forward and blocks it.
49.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, Tossed up on the stumps, Mehidy keeps it out.
49.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Flighted on off, Mehidy keeps it out.
48.6
0
Z Khan to Sarkar, After scoring 8 in two balls. Sarkar calmly defends it to get through the over.
48.5
4
Z Khan to S Sarkar, FOUR! Cut shot now! Shorter on off, Sarkar hangs back on his back foot and cuts it late and hard through the backward point region for a boundary.
48.4
4
Z Khan to Sarkar, FOUR! Crunched away! Zahir is guilty of overpitching this one on off. Soumya strides forward and drives it through covers for a boundary.
48.3
1
Z Khan to Hasan, Tossed up on off, Mehidy lunges out to defend but it takes the inside edge and goes towards square leg for one.
48.2
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Sharp turner on off, Mehidy looks to defend but the ball viciously turns away. Afsar fails to gather it himself. Afghanistan troubling here. They won't go down without fighting.
48.1
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Flighted ball on middle, Mehidy looks to flick but gets an outside edge towards the point fielder.
47.6
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Sarkar defends it off the front foot.
47.5
0
R Khan to Sarkar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
47.4
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Short ball on off, Sarkar pushes it to the off side.
47.3
0
R Khan to Sarkar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
47.2
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Sarkar defends it off the front foot.
47.1
0
R Khan to Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Sarkar flicks it to mid-wicket for nothing.
46.6
0
Z Khan to Hasan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
46.5
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Flat delivery down leg, Mehidy looks to flick but misses the ball completely.

Mehidy Hasan replaces his skipper out in the middle. 18.2 overs to survive. Mehidy can bat, he will have to partner Soumya Sarkar and give him nice support.

46.4
0
Z Khan to Hasan, OUT! CAUGHT! Shakib falls first ball after the delayed rain break. Excellent start from Zahir here. Bowls a flighted delivery around off turning away from the batsman, Shakib attempts to cut but under edges it back to the keeper. The ball kept low a bit and Shakib should feel unlucky to have under edged that one. Afsar Zazai takes an excellent catch behind the stumps as it was going quickly and then throws the ball in the air in excitement. All the other Afghan players celebrate along with him. Third wicket for Zahir in this innings so far. Shakib may have lost concentration due to all the rain delays and has lost his wicket here. Afghanistan just three wickets away from a historic win here, but do they have enough time?

The Afghanistan players are out waiting for the covers to be off. The groundstaff is taking their own sweet time. The Afghanistan players are in a huddle before they take their respective position. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan are finally coming out to resume their innings. Zahir Khan to finish off his over.

... Day 5, Evening session ...

Good news! Rain has stopped and the match will resume at 1620 Local. 18.3 overs have to be bowled in the day. But looking at the time of the day, bad light might come into picture and doubt that all the overs will get completed.

Tea! Another session dominated by rain. We did manage to get little play. And it was very little as only 13 balls were bowled. Afghanistan would feel hard done by but will hope that after the break they can get some decent play time. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be happy. They were staring down the barrel of defeat but looking at the weather they might be saved their blushes and might escape with a draw. Will we get play after the break? Let's hope so.

Update 1430 Local (0830 GMT) - Nothing much to update but worrying times for Afghanistan. The match is slowly making its way for a draw as it is still raining here.

Ahhh... not again. Please! The heavens have opened up once again and the covers are back on. The players are off the field and we are going to have an interruption. Again.

Oh uh! Looks like the rain is back.

46.3
2
Z Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on middle, Shakib drives this nicely straight down the ground. Rashid runs after it from mid off and makes an excellent stop sliding forward. The umpire checks for a boundary but Rashid has made a valid stop. Saved two runs for his side.
46.2
2
Z Khan to Hasan, OVERTHROW! Full delivery around off, Shakib drives this towards mid off and takes a single. The fielder at mid off has a shy at the bowler's end and misses which gives Shakib a chance to take another single.
46.1
1
Z Khan to Sarkar, Starts with a flatter delivery around off, Soumya guides it towards the point region for a single.

Zahir Khan is on now. So no actual over for Nabi. He just finished his incomplete over from the previous day.

45.6
0
R Khan to Al Hasan, Driven towards the mid on region.
45.5
1
R Khan to Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Soumya flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
45.4
1
R Khan to Hasan, Flat delivery around off, Shakib pushes this towards cover for a single. First run of the day.
45.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Leg spinner around off spinning into the batsman, Shakib plays it out towards the off side.
45.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, Flat delivery on middle, Shakib blocks it back to the bowler off the front foot.
45.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Loopy ball on off, Shakib defends it off the front foot.

Rashid Khan to partner Nabi from the other end.

44.6
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Floated ball on middle, Sarkar defends it back to the bowler.
44.5
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Loopy ball on middle, Sarkar blocks it out.
44.4
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Another full one on middle, Sarkar plays it back to the bowler.
44.3
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Starts with a full delivery outside off, Soumya defends it to point.

Finally the Afghanistan players are making their way out to the middle to resume play after a lengthy rain delay. Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar also are out in the middle to resume their innings. Mohammad Nabi to continue his over with Sarkar taking strike. Revised session timings will be Tea at 1510 Local with Stumps to be called at 1730 Local. Minimum 63 overs to be bowled in the day. Remember this is the final day so all the overs will have to be bowled provided the weather and light are friendly.

... Day 5, Afternoon session ...

Good news!!! After a lengthy delay we are finally about to have some play. The Afghanistan fans will love this as we are about to start play at 1300 local (0700 GMT).

Lunch! Afghanistan will be nervous and Bangladesh will be very happy. Rain has continued to trouble us for the second day in a row. This session has been washed out without a ball being bowled. Afghanistan will desperately want the rain to stop and get on the field. The hosts will be happy with how the morning has been. Let's hope that we get play in the second session.

UPDATE 1130 local (0530 GMT) - Nothing much to report. The rain has turned into a drizzle which is a positive. We are hearing that the Bangladesh players who have not yet made their way into the ground should be there soon.

UPDATE 1040 Local (0440 GMT) - The news keeps getting worse for the visitors. The rain has gotten heavier. Bangladesh must be enjoying this weather.

Bad, bad news if you are an Afghanistan fan. The only thing they did not want is happening. It is raining. Bangladesh won't mind it but as a neutral it is always a terrible sight. Let us hope that the rain clears away. Stay tuned for further updates.

4 wickets for a historic Afghanistan win, 262 runs for a stunning Bangladesh win, 3 sessions for an enthralling draw. These are the possible scenarios on Day 5 of this enthralling one-off Test between the two subcontinent sides. Welcome to the coverage of the final day of this Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The visitors have been all over Bangladesh in the preceding 4 days and are on the brink of a mammoth win against the hosts in their own backyard. Rashid Khan and co. have a full day's play if the weather permits and if they do not manage to win this then it will taste as bitter as a defeat. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will need to fight out of their skins to come out of this without a loss. They have their skipper, Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar out in the middle. The last recognized batting pair and all hopes will be on this duo to put on a once in a lifetime partnership. If the weather forecast is to be believed then rain might just turn out to be a villain for the visitors and an unlikely hero for the hosts. Can Bangladesh pull off a heist or will Afghanistan get their first win over a Top 10 ranked Test side? Stay tuned to find out.

... Day 5, Morning Session ...

Right! So Day 5 does come. Will it be a day when Afghanistan create history by beating a Test side ranked higher than them? Or will rain save Bangladesh? Or... could we witness some serious digging effort from the home side to keep the tourists at bay? Don't think question 3 will have an answer in the affirmative. But then, this is cricket. Join us at 9.30 am local (0330 GMT), i.e., 30 minutes early, for all the action from Monday. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Afghanistan... well, well, well. You could be on the cusp of making history. But if this Test match were to end in a draw, questions will be asked as to why did the visitors bat on the morning of the fourth day, when an iffy weather was forecast well in advance. Rashid continues to be on a roll, with 3 scalps but for us, the pick of the bowlers was Zahir Khan. He was a bit short in his lengths but he managed to bamboozle the batsmen with his googlies and leg spin.

Another difficult day for the home side. They did pick up the remaining two wickets of Afghanistan pretty quickly but then the batting has not stepped up at all. Shadman Islam and Shakib Al Hasan were the only two players to show some grit. The others were sucked into playing for turn and deceived by those which did not spin. They just have one last batting pair left, in Shakib and Sarkar and realistically speaking, would be looking at some help from the heavens.

STUMPS ON DAY 4! This was coming. With the rain continuing to fall and the light fading, it was always going to be difficult to resume. So Bangladesh survive to see the final day.

Well, the heavens have opened up now. It had been drizzling for a while and started to get heavier. Eventually, the umpires have decided to take the players off. Don't think we will resume. It is pitch dark and Stumps are not far away either. Hoping for the best though. Stay tuned...

44.2
1
M Nabi to Hasan, Tossed up outside off, Al Hasan comes down the track again and eases it down to long off for a single.
44.1
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Full and outside off, Shakib comes down the track and defends.
43.6
0
R Khan to Sarkar, On middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
43.5
1
R Khan to Hasan, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
43.4
0
R Khan to Hasan, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
43.3
4
R Khan to Al Hasan, FOUR! Full and outside off, Al Hasan drives it straight down the ground. Rashid tries to stick his right leg out but misses. The ball races to the fence down the ground.
43.2
4
R Khan to Al Hasan, FOUR! A short ball, outside off, Shakib rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
43.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Outside off, dabbed straight to short third man.
42.6
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Soumya defends it off the front foot.
42.5
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, The batsman works it down the leg side.
42.4
0
M Nabi to Sarkar, BEATEN! Beauty. Nabi bowls a flighted delivery around off, Soumya looks to defend but is unable to put any bat on it.
42.3
0
M Nabi to S Sarkar, Full delivery on off, Soumya pushes it to cover.

There is a bit of rain falling now...

42.2
1
M Nabi to Hasan, Outside off, punched past the bowler for a single.
42.1
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Full and around off, Shakib comes down the track and drives it towards mid off.

Soumya Sarkar walks in at number 8, replacing Mahmudullah.

41.6
0
R Khan to Mahmudullah, OUT! CAUGHT! Mahmudullah is the latest casualty to bite the dust! Rashid gets his third! On course for another 5-fer, isn't he? Rashid bowls a googly but it is not picked by Mahmudullah. He lunges to defend this flighted delivery on middle, but then the ball spins in, takes the inside edge, deflects onto the front pad and then goes towards short leg. Ibrahim Zadran takes an excellent catch going low to his left. Afghanistan four wickets away now.
41.5
0
R Khan to Mahmudullah, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
41.4
0
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Short delivery around off, Mahmudullah defends it into the ground.
41.3
0
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Quicker delivery on off, Mahmudullah blocks it towards covers.
41.2
1
R Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on middle, Shakib sweeps it to square leg and takes another single.
41.1
1
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Flatter delivery around off, Mahmudullah guides it to point and Shakib calls him for a quick single.
40.6
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Shorter delivery around off, Shakib punches it to silly point.
40.5
1
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Floated delivery on middle, Mahmudullah pushes it to long on and takes a single.
40.4
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Full delivery on middle, Mahmudullah blocks it to short leg.
40.3
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, The batsman has driven it through mid on.
40.2
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Full delivery on middle, Mahumudullah blocks it out.
40.1
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Flatter delivery on middle, Mahmudullah pushes it to silly mid on.
39.6
1
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
39.5
1
R Khan to Al Hasan, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off for a quick single. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end but no harm done.
39.4
4
R Khan to Hasan, Excellent stop by Zahir Khan but his throw is wide and in the end, it is FOUR RUNNING RUNS! Full and wide outside off, Shakib leans and drives it behind point. Zahir Khan chases it down from cover, gets to it, puts his foot out and then stops the ball. Risky method. Could have so easily injured his ankle. He then returns a throw right in the middle of the pitch and square leg in the deep has to run to his right to stop the ball.
39.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
39.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, The googly, around middle, Shakib does not pick it at all. Brings his bat down at the last moment and gets an inside edge onto his boot! Rashid is excited and goes for the catch appeal anticipating silly point to dive but before he can even react, the ball touches the ground.
39.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Around middle, helped towards short mid-wicket.
38.6
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Full and around off, watchfully played out towards point.
38.5
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Landed outside off, dabbed towards point. Wants a run but is sent back.
38.4
1
M Nabi to Hasan, Full and outside off, Shakib comes down the track and drives it towards long off for a run. The stand moves to 10 from 12 balls.
38.3
1
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
38.2
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Full and around off, Mahmudullah looks to defend but is way too early into the shot. This was a 77 kph delivery, which comes in very very slowly. Riyad has to adjust late to defend.
38.1
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Looped up full toss, almost a dipping yorker, pushed back to the bowler.
37.6
1
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Goes back and across and works it through mid-wicket for a run.
37.5
0
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Outside off, played straight to point.
37.4
2
R Khan to Mahmudullah, Overthrow to help Mahmudullah get off the mark. The former skipper pushes it towards cover and sets off for a quick single. The fielder charges in and has a shy at the keeper's end but it is a wild one. An extra single taken as the ball goes to deep square leg.

Change in the field. Man who was at mid-wicket, has gone onto the off side, towards point.

37.3
1
R Khan to Hasan, Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
37.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, Around off, spinning in, watchfully defended.
37.1
4
R Khan to Hasan, FOUR! Lovely shot. Full and outside off, Shakib leans and lofts it over the covers for a boundary. Just that one shot is enough to get the crowd going, 'BANGLADESH! BANGLADESH!'
36.6
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Outside off, pushed towards cover.
36.5
0
M Nabi to Mahmudullah, Another LBW appeal but the impact was well outside off. Full and outside off, Mahmudullah gets a big stride forward and defends but misses and is hit on the pads.

Mahmudullah walks in next, at number 7, replacing Shadman.

36.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, OUT! Plumb LBW! Another dead duck. Bangladesh batsmen continue to play outside the line. Another one does not pick it. Nothing extraordinary about this delivery but just that it was pretty straight. Pitched around off and then coming in with the angle. Shadman thought that it will not come in that much and got half-forward. Pinged on the pads and up went the finger. No review thoughts. Hawk Eye shows all three reds, hitting leg stump. Half the side down, where is the rain to help Bangladesh?
36.3
1
M Nabi to Al Hasan, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
36.2
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Landed outside off, Shakib lunges to defend but the ball spins away past the outside edge.
36.1
1
M Nabi to Islam, Full and on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
35.6
1
R Khan to Islam, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
35.5
0
R Khan to Islam, Around off, Shadman gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks.
35.4
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
35.3
0
R Khan to Islam, A touch short, around off, coming in, watchfully defended.
35.2
0
R Khan to Islam, Landed around off, watchfully blocked.
35.1
1
R Khan to Al Hasan, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

Rashid to continue...

34.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, punched back to the bowler.
34.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
34.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
34.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, well blocked out.
34.2
0
M Nabi to Islam, Landed outside off, well kept out.
34.1
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed in front of silly point.

We are back for the final session of the day! Shakib Al Hasan and Shadman Islam make their way out to the middle along with the Afghanistan's players. Mohammad Nabi will continue for the visitors with the ball. Shadman Islam will take strike.

... Day 4, Session 3 ...

The hosts started well with the bat but the fall of Liton Das after Lunch opened the floodgates a little. They were made to dance to the tune of Rashid and Zahir. Shadman has looked good and would hope to continue the good work after the break. Post the Tea break, the hosts would hope that they go into Stumps unscathed while the visitors would look for further wickets and maybe finish the game today itself. Join us in a while for the final session of Day 3.

25 overs, 72 runs and four wickets! The figures only tell you that it has been the visitors' session.They are just six wickets away from registering a massive victory here. Rashid was once again the pick of the bowlers as he foxed Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque breaking the back of the hosts' batting line-up. Zahir also bowled an excellent spell picking up two wickets for himself on his debut.

33.6
1
R Khan to Islam, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single to end the session. TEA ON DAY 4, BANGLADESH 102/4!
33.5
0
R Khan to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
33.4
1
R Khan to Hasan, Outside off, played through point for a single.
33.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
33.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, Short and outside off, Shakib looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes past the keeper but first slip stops it.
33.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
32.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
32.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and around off, well defended.
32.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Outside off, watchfully blocked out.
32.3
1
M Nabi to Hasan, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single. 100 UP FOR BANGLADESH. But 4 wickets are down already.
32.2
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
32.1
0
M Nabi to Hasan, Landed outside off, played straight to point.
31.6
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
31.5
1
R Khan to Hasan, Outside off, played through point for a run.
31.4
0
R Khan to Hasan, Floated outside off, Shakib comes down again and blocks.
31.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Full and outside off, Al Hasan comes down the track and drives it straight back to the bowler.
31.2
0
Khan to Hasan, DROPPED! Tough chance. Full and outside off, Shakib drives this straight back. The ball goes to the right side of Rashid but he is going to his left in his followthrough and hence he takes a second to change direction. Can only get fingertips of his right hand and deflects it onto the non-striker instead.
31.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
30.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
30.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
30.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Landed outside off, the straighter one, Shadman plays inside the line and is beaten.
30.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
30.2
0
M Nabi to Islam, Outside off, punched towards cover.
30.1
0
M Nabi to S Islam, Outside edge, but does not carry. Full and outside off, Shadman lunges to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge. Drops down in front of first slip.

Mohammad Nabi to bowl again. 10-2-30-0 so far.

29.6
1
R Khan to Islam, Flatter delivery on off, Islam punches this off the back foot towards cover for a single.
29.5
0
R Khan to Islam, Loopy ball on middle, Islam defends it off the front foot.
29.4
0
R Khan to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
29.3
0
R Khan to Islam, Loopy delivery on off, Islam looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards first slip.
29.2
1
R Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on off, Shakib drives it to long off and takes a single.
29.1
0
R Khan to Hasan, Flighted ball on leg, Shakib looks to defend but it hits Shakib very low on the pads.
28.6
0
Z Khan to Islam, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
28.5
3
Z Khan to Al Hasan, Flighted delivery on off, Shakib plays this to third man. Hashmatullah Shahidi runs after it from backward point and makes an excellent stop sliding forward. He then runs outside the fence and comes back in to throw it back to the keeper. The umpires check for a possible boundary but Shahidi was fine on that front. Excellent piece of fielding that. Three runs taken.
28.4
0
Z Khan to Hasan, Flatter delivery on off, Shakib punches it to mid off.
28.3
2
Z Khan to Hasan, Flighted delivery around off, Shakib drives this to covers for a couple.
28.2
1
Z Khan to Islam, Full delivery around off, Islam drives it to mid off and takes off for a quick single.
28.1
0
Z Khan to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Islam defends it off the front foot.
27.6
1
R Khan to Islam, Short ball around off, Shadman punches this off the back foot towards cover for a single.
27.5
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
27.4
1
R Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on off, Shakib drives it through mid off for a single.
27.3
0
R Khan to Hasan, Loopy ball on middle, Shakib looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards cover.
27.2
0
R Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on middle, Shakib blocks it back to the bowler.
27.1
0
R Khan to Al Hasan, The batsman has driven it through mid on.
26.6
2
Z Khan to Islam, Short delivery on off, Islam rocks back and plays it towards the off side for a couple.
26.5
0
Z Khan to Islam, Floated delivery on middle, Islam blocks it out.
26.4
0
Z Khan to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.3
0
Z Khan to Islam, On middle, defended it off the front foot.
26.2
0
Z Khan to Islam, BEATEN! Excellent delivery! Zahir bowls a flighted delivery around off, Islam looks to defend but is beaten due to the spin on it.
26.1
0
Z Khan to Islam, Flighted delivery on off, Shadman attempts to defend but misses it. The players appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The replays roll in and it shows that it was hitting the inside edge of the bat.
25.6
4
R Khan to Hasan, FOUR! SHOT! Short delivery on off, Shakib rocks back and pulls this down the ground for a boundary. Gets off the mark in style.
25.5
0
R Khan to Hasan, Full delivery on middle, Shakib defends it to point.

Shakib Al Hasan walks in next, at number 6, replacing Mominul.

25.4
0
R Khan to Haque, OUT! LBW! Excellent bowling this from Rashid! Bowls a terrific legspinner around off, which spins into the batsman, Mominul looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. Rashid puts in a huge appeal and the umpire gives it out. Mominul thinks of a review but opts against it. Good decision in the end as Hawk Eye shows that it was three reds on replay. Second wicket for Rashid in this innings.
25.3
1
R Khan to Islam, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
25.2
0
R Khan to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Islam defends it to cover.
25.1
1
R Khan to Haque, Flatter delivery on middle, Mominul flicks it to square leg and takes a single. The batsman were in a yes and no situation there but no harm done after all.
24.6
0
Z Khan to Islam, Short delivery around off, Shadman cuts it but straight to the point fielder.
24.5
0
Z Khan to Islam, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
24.4
0
Z Khan to Islam, PLAY AND A MISS! Beauty. Flighted delivery around off, Mominul looks to defend but misses it completely.
24.3
0
Z Khan to Islam, BEATEN! Bowls a flatter delivery which bounced a little bit more, Shadman looks to cut but fails to put bat on it as the ball spins away a long way.
24.2
1
Z Khan to Haque, Tossed up ball on middle, Shadman flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
24.1
0
Z Khan to Haque, Full delivery on middle, Mominul defends it out.
23.6
0
R Khan to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
23.5
1
R Khan to Haque, Full delivery on middle, Mominul flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
23.4
0
R Khan to Haque, BEATEN! Leg spinner on off, Mominul attempts to defend but misses it completely.
23.3
0
R Khan to Haque, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
23.2
0
R Khan to Haque, Floated ball on leg, Mominul thought of flicking it at first but removes his bat at the last moment. The ball hits the pads and hits the ground.

Mominul Haque walks in at number 5, replacing Rahim.

23.1
0
Khan to Rahim, OUT! LBW! Mushfiqur has to make the long walk back to the pavilion. Excellent ball from Rashid! Bowls a flighted delivery on middle, Rahim looks to defend but is hit on the front pad. Rashid puts in a huge appeal and the umpire after some thought gives it out. Rahim has a bit of an angry or a shocked look and then opts for a review. The replays roll in and Ultra Edge detects nothing when the ball passes the glove. The Hawk Eye shows three reds. Another failure for Rahim.

Rahim has been adjudged LBW! He takes a long look at the umpire and then his partner, before taking it upstairs. Looks close. Hawk Eye shows all three reds. Gone!

22.6
2
Z Khan to Islam, Floated ball on middle, Shadman flicks it to the leg side for a couple.
22.5
1
Z Khan to Rahim, Full delivery on middle, Mushfiqur flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
22.4
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
22.3
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Another full delivery on middle, Rahim pushes it to mid off.
22.2
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Full delivery on middle, Rahim blocks it out.
22.1
4
Z Khan to M Rahim, FOUR! Poor ball from Zahir after Drinks! Bowls a rank long hop on middle, Rahim rocks back and pulls it towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary.

Drinks! Good period of play for Afghanistan after the Lunch break, they have managed to pick up two quick wickets and are just eight wickets away from an amazing victory. For the hosts, Shadman has looked good while Mushfiqur has just come in and has looked to counterattacked. The hosts will hope that one of the remaining batsmen play some kind of a special innings.

21.6
0
R Khan to Islam, Full once more, Shadman leans and keeps it out.
21.5
1
R Khan to Rahim, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
21.4
0
R Khan to Rahim, Around off, watchfully blocked out.
21.3
1
R Khan to Islam, Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
21.2
0
R Khan to Islam, Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
21.1
0
R Khan to Islam, Around off, watchfully defended.

Rashid Khan is back on!

20.6
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Full and around middle, MR drives it straight back and it hits the stumps at the other end. That was at least a couple of runs saved.
20.5
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler.

Churi The Knife - 'Why are Bangladesh playing so much attacking cricket?' Alister the Godman - 'Perhaps they are going for the win'. Positive thoughts have no end.

20.4
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Outside off, driven straight to mid off.
20.3
4
Z Khan to Rahim, FOUR! Another boundary. Full and down the leg side, Rahim gets down and sweeps it fine for a boundary!
20.2
2
Z Khan to Rahim, Short and around off, Rahim goes back and cuts it from the line of the stumps, past second slip, through third man for a couple.
20.1
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
19.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
19.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
19.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Landed outside off, well kept out.
19.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
19.2
1
M Nabi to Rahim, Short and outside off, Mushfiqur goes back and cuts it through point for a single.
19.1
4
M Nabi to Rahim, FOUR! Full and outside off, Rahim gets down and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary!
18.6
1
Z Khan to Rahim, Similar shot, this is guided a bit squarer past short third man for a single.
18.5
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Outside off, dabbed to short third man.
18.4
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Down the leg side, MR gets across to flick but misses.
18.3
0
Khan to Rahim, Now, an LBW appeal. But the impact is well outside off. Full and outside off, Mushfiqur gets a big stride forward and blocks.
18.2
0
Khan to Rahim, Full and outside off, Rahim looks to drive but misses. The keeper appeals but the umpire is unmoved.
18.1
0
Z Khan to Rahim, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket.
17.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed towards cover.
17.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, Floated outside off, Shadman leans and drives it straight to cover.
17.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
17.3
1
M Nabi to Rahim, Outside off, pushed towards point for a single.
17.2
4
M Nabi to Rahim, FOUR! THUMP! Full and outside off, Rahim gets down and well across his stumps and slog sweeps it behind square leg.
17.1
0
M Nabi to Rahim, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
16.6
0
Z Khan to Islam, Flighted delivery on middle, Shadman looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The Afghanistan players go in for a huge appeal but nothing from the umpire.

Mushfiqur Rahim walks in now, at number 4, replacing Mosaddek.

16.5
0
Z Khan to Hossain, OUT! CAUGHT! Mosaddek is out of here! Zahir is ecstatic as he gets his second wicket in his debut match. Bowls a googly around off, Mosaddek looks for a lofted drive over cover but ends up getting a top edge towards long off. Asghar runs after it from cover and takes an excellent catch falling on the ground in the meantime. Zahir, after a poor first innings, is making amends here with two quick wickets.
16.4
1
Z Khan to Islam, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
16.3
1
Z Khan to Hossain, Full delivery on off, Mosaddek drives this to cover for a single.
16.2
0
Z Khan to Hossain, Full delivery on middle and leg, Mosaddek defends it off the front foot.
16.1
0
Z Khan to Hossain, BEATEN! Good ball from Zahir! Legspinner on middle, Mosaddek looks to defend but fails to put bat on it.
15.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man.
15.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, Flat delivery on middle, Islam defends it off the back foot.
15.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Flatter delivery on middle, Islam defends it back to the bowler.
15.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Islam flicks it away to the leg side.
15.2
3
M Nabi to Hossain, Short ball outside off, Mosaddek pushes this to covers for three. Yamin Ahmadzai runs after it from covers and makes an excellent sliding stop before the ball reaches the ropes. 50 up for the hosts.
15.1
1
M Nabi to Islam, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
14.6
1
Z Khan to S Islam, The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
14.5
0
Z Khan to Islam, LEG BYES! Another googly on middle, Shadman looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The ball goes towards fine leg and the batters take a couple.
14.4
0
Z Khan to Islam, OHH! Bowls a googly around off, Shadman is not being able to pick up the googly and looks to cut but gets an inside edge which goes just past the off stump.
14.3
1
Z Khan to Hossain, Full delivery on middle, Hossain drives it to mid off and takes a single.
14.2
0
Z Khan to Hossain, Flighted ball on off, Hossain defends it off the front off.
14.1
2
Z Khan to Hossain, Short ball around off, Mosaddek guides it to the backward point region for a couple.
13.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Loopy delivery on off, Shadman defends it out.
13.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
13.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Looped up ball on middle, Shadman blocks it out.
13.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Shadman defends it off the front foot.
13.2
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
13.1
1
M Nabi to Hossain, Flighted delivery on middle, Mosaddek pushes it to the off side and takes a single.
12.6
0
Z Khan to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
12.5
0
Z Khan to Islam, OHH! Bowls a googly on off, Shadman fails to read it and looks to cut but misses. The ball hits the pads off the batsman off the inside edge. There was a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
12.4
1
Z Khan to Hossain, Full toss on middle, Hossain drives to cover and takes a single. He missed out there as the ball was there to be hit.
12.3
1
Z Khan to Islam, Full delivery on off, Shadman pushes it to covers for a single.
12.2
0
Z Khan to Islam, Looped up ball on middle, Islam tries to defend it but it goes off the inside edge onto his pads.
12.1
0
Z Khan to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Shadman blocks it out.
11.6
0
M Nabi to Hossain, Full delivery on middle, Hossain defends it out.
11.5
0
M Nabi to Hossain, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
11.4
2
M Nabi to Hossain, Floated delivery on middle, Mosaddek flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple.
11.3
0
M Nabi to Hossain, Looped up ball on middle, Hossain defends it to the off side.
11.2
0
M Nabi to Hossain, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Mosaddek leaves it alone.
11.1
0
M Nabi to Hossain, Full delivery on middle, Mosaddek defends it off the front foot.
10.6
4
Z Khan to Islam, FOUR! Bad ball. Short and outside off, Islam rocks back and punches it through the covers.
10.5
0
Z Khan to Islam, The googly, spinning down the leg side, Shadman looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
10.4
1
Z Khan to Hossain, Outside off, fuller in length, pushed through point. There was a bit of a mix-up but eventually, they made the run.

Mosaddek Hossain walks in at number 3, replacing Das.

10.3
0
Khan to Das, OUT! LBW! No review taken! Dead duck. Floated around middle, Das goes back and tries to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads as the ball stays low. Zahir appeals and runs towards the keeper in celebration. Nigel Llong has no hesitation again and Liton does not bother cross-checking. Ball Tracker shows it to be hitting the stumps. Big moment for Zahir as he has picked his first Test wicket.
10.2
0
Z Khan to L Das, Full toss outside off, driven straight to cover.
10.1
0
Khan to Das, NOT OUT! Liton lives to fight another day! Quicker delivery outside off, Liton looks to cut it but is too close to his body and he misses it. The Afghan players go for an appeal and the umpire gives it out straightaway. Liton looks shocked at the decision and goes for the review. The replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows that it did not hit the bat. Nigel must have thought that the bat had hit the ground and must have given it out.

Liton Das has been adjudged caught behind! However, he has taken the review. No hesitation at all. And Ultra Edge shows why. No outside edge!

Zahir Khan will continue from the other end.

9.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, BEATEN! Good ball from Nabi! Flighted delivery around off, Shadman attempts to defend but misses.
9.5
0
M Nabi to S Islam, Short delivery on off, Shadman guides it to point and looks for a single but it is not there.
9.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
9.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, Outside off, left alone by Shadman.
9.2
0
M Nabi to Islam, Flighted delivery on middle, Shadman blocks it out.
9.1
0
M Nabi to Islam, PLAY AND A MISS! Full delivery outside off, Shadman looks to drive but is unable to put bat on it.

GOOD NEWS! Rains have stopped and the players are back out to the field to resume the second session. Shadman Islam and Liton Das make their way out to the middle. Islam will keep strike to Mohammad Nabi. 48 overs remaining in the day.

We should have started by now but unfortunately the heavens have opened up and the covers are on. We will have a delayed start to the second session. Hope it is a passing shower and play would resume soon.

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

Nothing much happened in this mini-session with the ball neither seaming around nor spinning much. Afghanistan have not bowled badly but one feels they would have to work hard to pick up 10 wickets. Technically, Bangladesh have got 5 sessions to try and score 398 or survive. Or shall we say, 368 now, as 30 runs have been taken off. But with the bad weather forecast, it will be intriguing to see how many overs do get bowled. Join us back at 1.40 pm local (0740 GMT) for the second session.

A good session for Bangladesh, to be honest. They are only looking to play out time and with Afghanistan playing out the few overs this morning, it has definitely helped the home side.

8.6
0
R Khan to Das, Juicy full toss on off, Das drives this back to the bowler. Das would feel that he has missed out there as the ball was there to be hit. With that it is LUNCH ON DAY 4.
8.5
0
R Khan to Das, Quicker delivery on off, Das defends it towards point.
8.4
2
R Khan to Das, Flatter delivery on middle, Das works it towards the square leg region for a couple.
8.3
1
R Khan to Islam, Loopy ball on middle, Shadman flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
8.2
0
R Khan to Islam, Back-to-back googlies from Rashid. Another one on off, Shadman defends it off the back foot.
8.1
0
R Khan to Islam, BEATEN! Googly first up from Rashid, bowls it on off, Shadman attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it.

Rashid Khan comes into the attack. Can he repeat his heroics from his first innings? Got a 5-fer.

7.6
0
M Nabi to Das, Loopy ball on middle, Das blocks it out. Maiden over from Nabi.
7.5
0
M Nabi to Das, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
7.4
0
M Nabi to Das, Full delivery on off, Das blocks it out towards the off side.
7.3
0
M Nabi to Das, Full delivery on middle, Das blocks it out.
7.2
0
M Nabi to Das, Flatter delivery on middle, Das flicks it to square leg. This time he looks for a single but is sent back by the non-striker.
7.1
0
M Nabi to Das, Flatter delivery on middle, Liton flicks it to square leg.
6.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Good length ball outside off, Islam leaves it alone. Good over for Bangladesh as 9 runs came off it.
6.5
2
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Comes around the wicket does Yamin and bowls a short delivery around off, Shadman rocks back and pushes this past the mid off and cover fielders for another couple.
6.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Good length delivery outside off, Islam leaves it alone.
6.3
2
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Full delivery around off, Islam drives this towards the cover region for a couple.
6.2
4
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, FOUR! Poor bowling this from Yamin. Bowls this short ball on the pads of Shadman, who flicks it nicely towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
6.1
1
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Good length ball on middle, Liton pushes it to mid on and runs around the bowler for a single.
5.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
5.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, Loopy ball on middle, Islam defends it off the front foot.
5.4
1
M Nabi to Das, Floated ball on middle, Liton flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
5.3
0
M Nabi to Das, Full delivery around off, Liton attempts to defend but gets hit on the pads. Nabi appeals but nothing from the umpire. The replays roll in and Hawk Eye shows the the impact was outside off.
5.2
0
M Nabi to Das, Flighted ball on off, Das looks to defend but it goes off his outside edge towards first slip where the fielder picks it on the bounce.
5.1
0
M Nabi to Das, Flatter delivery on middle, Das defends it out.
4.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Good length ball on off, Islam defends it out to the off side.
4.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, On a length around off, Islam blocks it off the back foot towards the off side.
4.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Full delivery on middle, Shadman plays it back to the bowler.
4.3
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Good length ball on off, Shadman defends this out.
4.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to Islam, Good length delivery on middle, Shadman defends it off the back foot towards mid off.
4.1
3
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Back of a length ball around off, Liton pushes this beautifully towards the backward point region for three. The fielder from point runs after it and makes a clean sliding stop before it reaches the ropes.
3.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Floated ball around off, Shadman lets it go to the keeper.
3.5
0
M Nabi to Islam, Flat delivery on middle, Shadman defends it out.
3.4
2
M Nabi to Islam, Flighted delivery around off, Islam pushes this towards the covers region for another couple.
3.3
0
M Nabi to S Islam, Full delivery around off, Shadman looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards point for a single.
3.2
2
M Nabi to Islam, Short delivery on middle, Shadman flicks it off his back foot towards the fine leg region for a couple.
3.1
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full delivery on off, Shadman defends it off the front foot.
2.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Good length ball on off, Das defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
2.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, On a good length on middle, Das defends it solidly back to the bowler.
2.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Good length ball on middle and leg, Das flicks it to mid-wicket.
2.3
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Good length ball on middle, Liton defends it to mid off of the front foot.
2.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, On a length on middle, Liton defends it off the back foot.
2.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Outside off, defended from the crease.
1.6
0
M Nabi to Islam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
1.5
4
M Nabi to Islam, FOUR! Bad ball. Short and outside off, Shadman cuts it through point and gets a boundary.
1.4
0
M Nabi to Islam, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
1.3
0
M Nabi to Islam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
1.2
4
M Nabi to Islam, FOUR! Full and on the pads, Shadman flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
1.1
0
M Nabi to Islam, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

Mohammad Nabi to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
0.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
0.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Outside off again, Liton looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards the off side.
0.3
2
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Outside off, Das leans and punches it through the covers and gets a couple. Bangladesh are underway.
0.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Around off, defended watchfully.
0.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to Das, Full and around off, solidly defended.