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Rahmat Shah’s radiant debut ton balances Afghanistan’s day in Chittagong

26-year old Rahmat Shah becomes first Afghanistan batsman to score a hundred in Test cricket.

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Rahmat Shah's radiant debut ton balances Afghanistan's day in Chittagong
Rahmat Shah becomes first Afghan Test centurion. Photo: News 18

Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan notched up a remarkable fightback for Afghanistan all along the second session of the day thus dragged the visiting team in balance in the contest of the first day of one-off Test against Bangladesh.

At stumps of day one, Afghanistan scored 271 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Spinners claimed three early wickets that privileged Bangladesh in the opening session of the day. The touring side was crippling towards worse setback but Shah and Afghan batted in one piece throughout the second session except but a little rain interruption, structured a century stand and turned the show around for Afghanistan.

When spinners became quite subdued after the lunch break, Shakib Al Hasan applied the first pace man of the day, Soumya Sarkar.

Soumya failed to grab anything at all, conceded 26 runs in 4 overs with Rahmat Shah hit him successive boundaries and Asghar Afghan spoiled with a four and a six in consecutive deliveries.

Shah steadied in approach, featured an 187 balls innings that saw him with 102 runs beside his name. In a strike rate of 54.55, the 26-year old batsman slashed 10 shots to cross the boundary.

It was the first ever Test hundred by any Afghanistan batsman. He built a 120-run partnership with Asghar Afghan steadying the Afghan ship before being dismissed by lanky spinner Nayeem Hasan.

It can be noted that Rahmat missed a century only by two runs in the last Test Afghanistan played that was against Ireland earlier this year. In the second innings, he scored 76 taking his team to the port of victory.

In the morning session of the day, after Rashid Khan won the toss and opted to bat first, Taijul backfired claiming two quick wickets.

He bowled opener Ihsanullah Janat for 9 and became the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach 100 Test wickets.

Later he dismissed Ibrahim Zadran for 21 alluring the debutant to give a catch to Mahmudullah at long-off.

Off-spinner Mahmudullah picked up another wicket just before the lunch session when he forced Hashmatullah Shahidi to give a catch to Soumya Sarkar at slip for 14.

For Bangladesh, Nayeem Hasan also grabbed 2 wickets conceding 43 runs.

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