Afghanistan post 242-6

Sport Correspondent

2 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Afghanistan showed their temperament as they posted 242-6 against BCB XI at the end of day one in two-day match at MA Aziz Stadium in Chattagram on Sunday.

Off- spinner Al-Amin Hossain showed Afghanistan how dangerous Bangladeshi spinners could be at their home ground as his four wicket haul was the highlight of the host team against the tourist.

The part-time spinner claimed 4-51 to spark the Afghans collapse after a sedate start by the visitors and the approach of the openers will surely give an indication that they are well prepared to take the toll of longer-version cricket.

Afghanistan’s new skipper Rashid Khan after his arrival said that his team was ready to “switch it on” in the Test format as they build up preparations for the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Chattagram.

Afghanistan openers Ihsanullah and Ibrahim Zadran looked to be carrying the mantra of their skipper as they batted well to put up 131-run in their opening partnership to provide a hint of their mindset.

Both of them struck half-century before retiring to give others a chance to bat on. Ihsanullah made 62 while Zadran scored 52.

However after their departure, Al-Amin came to the stage and sparked their middle order collapse. Amid the collapse Hasmatullah Shahidi scored 26. Before the bails were drawn for day one, Afsar Zazai and Rashid Khan were batting on 20 and 6 runs respectively. Apart from Al-Amin’s four-for, pacer Sumon Khan took 2-21.

The first Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan starts from September 5 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

After reaching Dhaka, Rashid said that he is aware that it is different (Test format) and they have to have different kind of mentality for that.

“You have more time and certainly there is more pressure in the Test cricket. As a player you need to switch on and switch off being playing like in T20, in ODI’s and in Test cricket and we are ready for that. We have that mental preparation and we have worked on how to play four-day cricket, five-day cricket. We have worked on that, we have had a good practice camp before coming here. InshaAllah, we will try our best to do positive and do well in the game,” said Rashid and their approach in the practice match was a clear reflection they are not going to be the just playing for sixes.