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Match Report Day 1, Bangladesh vs Afganistan 1st Test, Chottagram

Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan make it Afghanistan's day


Brief scores: Afghanistan 271/5 (Rahmat Shah 102, Asghar Afghan 88*; Nayeem Hasan 2-
43, Taijul Islam 2-73) vs Bangladesh


Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan's stubborn resistance helped Afghanistan end day one on a high in the one-off Test against Bangladesh at Chattogram. In the process, Rahmat created history as he became the first Afghanistan batsman to register a Test century before getting dismissed off the very next ball. Afghan, however, looks set to join Rahmat in the centurion list as he finished the day unbeaten on 88 as Afghanistan made 271/5 on the first day.
Openers Ibrahim Zadran and Ihsanullah Janat were very cautious to begin with in the first 40-odd minutes with the spinners bowling tight lines. Only ten runs came off the first nine overs and their visitors hit their first boundary only in the 10th over when Zadran took full of an overpitched delivery to drive it through covers. The resistance didn't last long though as Taijul Islam made the first breakthrough of the morning. 
Rahmat, who was subdued in the first session, hit a boundary and a six quite early after the break to guide the team total past 100. He went onto bring up his third Test fifty immediately after play resumed post a 15-minute rain break. Bangladesh introduced a bit of pace for the first time in the game via Soumya Sarkar but Afghanistan saw this as an opportunity to make runs. Afghan got going with a four and a six off successive deliveries and Rahmat followed suit with back-to-back boundaries off the same bowler in his following over to bring an end to Shakib Al Hasan's experiment.
The boundaries continued to flow in the first half of the session before the batsmen became cautious again in the second half. The session proved to be very productive for the visitors as they added 114 runs without losing even a single wicket as the tables turned. There was a brief stoppage in play due to rain in the session but Bangladesh's excellent overrate meant that it didn't have a bearing in the end.
Post tea though, momentum shifted big time yet again as the hosts struck twice in the same over. Rahmat got to his century with a late cut against Nayeem Hasan but the celebrations proved to be his undoing in the end. Usually composed, Rahmat chased a wide delivery immediately after reaching three figures and the outside edge was pouched safely by Sarkar at slip. Three balls later, Nayeem struck again as Mohammad Nabi failed to put bat and ball that saw his stumps getting rearranged.
Forced to rebuild once again, Afghan combined with Afsar Zazai this time to rescue his side. Following a lull period, Afghan became busier at the crease, fetching regular boundaries as well that included a massive six against Mehidy Hasan. Two overs later, Zazai played a similar stroke against the same bowler as the visitors regained control that was lost at the start of the session. The two batsmen were intent on just playing out the final ten overs of the day and will look to extend their dominance on Day 2.

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