Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - The ongoing match of Chattogram Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan resumed at 4:20pm on Monday for the final 70-minute play.
Maximum 19 overs will be played during this time.
Afghanistan just need to pick up the final four wickets of Bangladesh to make a history with an away Test win.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, need to survive the time with four wickets in hand to end the things up on the draw.
Earlier, Afghanistan set a massive target of 398 runs for Bangladesh to chase down in the fourth innings of this match. Bangladesh never successfully chased such huge runs in the final innings of a Test match.
Their most successful fourth innings was to score 217 against West Indies back in 2009 to chase down a total of 215 runs.
However, with standing at 143 for six, Bangladesh have no chance to win this game within 70 minutes.
Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar are at the crease on 44 and 2 respectively. Rashid Khan already took three wickets in this innings.
England, Sept 9 (AP/UNB) — After leading England on a failed attempt to regain the Ashes, Joe Root has a familiar headache ahead of the fifth and final test: How to stop Australia's star batter Steve Smith scoring buckets of runs?
The England captain may also be wondering what else is on Smith's bucket list after Australia won the fourth test by 185 runs Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead which ensures it retains the Ashes.
"I've been here a few times when things haven't quite gone our way or we haven't performed to the best of our ability," Smith said in a post-match TV interview at Old Trafford. "To come back and get the urn here was always one to tick off my bucket list."
Smith has scored 144, 142, 92, 211 and 82 in his five innings in the series so far. He missed one innings in the second test and the entire third test — which England won by one wicket — because of a concussion.
The 30-year-old Smith has been the single biggest difference between the two teams throughout the series.
Returning to test action following a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, 2018, Smith has — so far — scored 671 runs in this Ashes series at an average of 134.20. It has lifted his career test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who was widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.
Smith was the No. 1-ranked batter in test cricket before he was suspended last year by Cricket Australia. He regained the top ranking from India captain Virat Kohli last week.
Tim Paine, who replaced Smith as Australia's test captain last year, on Sunday described the No. 4 batsman as the "best player I have ever seen."
And Paine had a warning which Root's England is likely to take seriously ahead ahead of the fifth test in cricket's oldest regular international series.
Smith "is just a genius and I never had any doubt he would come back and be the player he was," Paine said. "The scary thing is he's getting better."
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) — Persistent rain delayed the start of the fifth and final day of Chattogram Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh need to score 262 runs to seal this game with only four wickets in hand. Afghanistan, on the other hand, need to scalp the last four wickets of Bangladesh to register a historic win.
In the first innings of the game, Afghanistan posted 342 riding on the maiden Test ton of Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan’s 92.
Taijul Islam bagged four wickets for Bangladesh while Shakib Al Hasan and Nayeem Hasan took two wickets each.
In reply, Bangladesh tumbled for 205 and handed Afghanistan a lead of 137 runs just at the end of first innings of each team. Rashid Khan bagged five wickets to bundle out Bangladesh while Mohammad Nabi took three wickets.
In their second innings, Afghanistan posted 260 relying on the fifties of Ibrahim Zadran and Asghar Afghan. Shakib took three while Taijul, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nayeem bagged two wickets each.
Afghanistan stretched its lead to 397 and set a challenging target of 398 to chase down for the Tigers.
Bangladesh, in their second, scored 136 for six in 44.2 overs. Rashid took three wickets and chinaman-spinner Zahir Khab bagged two.
Dhaka, Sep 8 (UNB)- Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket team earned their 2nd successive victory in the ongoing ACC Under-19 Asia Cup 2019 beating Nepal Under-19 Cricket team by 6 wickets at P Sara Oval Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Bangladesh, which was placed in the Group B along with hosts Sri Lanka, Nepal and UAE, started their campaign crushing UAE by 6 wickets with 141 balls to spare at Free Trade Zone ground at Katunayake on Friday.
With the day’s feat, the Young Tigers now in the top slot of Group B securing full 4 points from two matches while their opponents Nepal are yet to open the account after losing both of their matches.
Bangladesh will now play hosts Sri Lanka in the last group match on Tuesday (September 10) in Moratuwa.
Sent into bat first in the day’s match, Nepal scored 261 runs for 8 in stipulated 50 overs with opener Pawan Sarraf scoring the team highest 81 runs off 109 balls featuring 8 fours and one six while Sandeep Jhora contributing 56 runs off 37 balls, hitting 3 fours and 3 sixes.
Rit Gautam (32), Kushal Malla (28), Bhim Sharki (21) and Captain Rohit Paudel (14) were the other notable scorers for Nepal.
Two Bangladeshi medium fast bowlers -- Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Shahin Alam – picked up 2 wickets each conceding 51 and 58 runs respectively while Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Rakibul Hasan, Minhazur Rahman and Towhid Hridoy claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a target of 262 runs, Bangladesh suffered an early jolt losing two openers -- Tanzid Hasan (9) and Anik Sarker Shatu (5) –- for 19 runs in 4.5 overs.
In the 3rd wicket-stand, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy repaired the early damage adding 79 runs
Joy contributed 40 runs off 56 featuring 3 fours while Hridoy scored 60 off 88 hitting 3 boundaries.
They set a solid platform on which captain Akbar Ali paring with Shamim Hossain finished the game scoring 130 runs in their 5th wicket stand.
Akbar remained unbeaten on 98 runs off 82 balls smashing 14 fours while Shamim scored 42 not out off 45 balls hitting 4 fours.
Kamal Singh picked up 2 wickets for 59 while Rashid Khan and Hari Chauhan bagged one wicket each for Nepal. In the Group A, India grouped alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kuwait.
Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals scheduled for September 12 at two separate venues while the final will be held September 14.
Chattogram, Sept 8 (UNB) — Rain pushed the game to fifth day while Bangladesh continued their struggle on the 4th day of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city here on Sunday.
The rain came around 4:30 pm while tigers were struggling hard to avoid defeat to an amateur rival and stopped the game for day-four.
Before the rain, Bangladesh scored 136 for 6 in 44.2 overs in their second innings with Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar in batting with 39 and 0 respectively.
Bangladesh needs another 262 runs to seal the victory with only four wickets and a day in hand.
The hosts started their second innings on a cautious note but failed to execute their plan. Liton Das was the first man to get dismissed by chinaman-bowler Zahir Khan. Liton missed the line of the delivery which pinned on his pad.
Bangladesh team management promoted Mosaddek Hossain to bat at number three but the right-hander disappointed to capitalize the chance. He went for a fancy shot off chinaman-bowler Zahir Khan and skied the ball. Asghar Afghan took an easy catch at long-on to remove him.
After that, all of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah Riyad fell prey to captain Rashid Khan. In 125 runs, Bangladesh lost six wickets and they now have very little hope to getting something memorable from this game.
Earlier, Afghanistan scored 260 all-out in their second innings which helped them to stretch the lead to a massive 397 with their first innings lead of 137, meaning Bangladesh need to score 398 to win this game or bat for rest of the match to end on a draw. However, both are unlikely to happen from this point of game.
In their first innings, Bangladesh tumbled for 205 all-out which was the main reason behind Bangladesh’s downfall in this Test. Mominul Haque hit 52 which is Bangladesh’s only 50-plus score in this game so far.
On the other hand, Afghanistan posted 342 runs in their first innings riding on the maiden 100 of Rahmat Shah and 92 of Asghar Afghan.
After their batting heroics, Rashid Khan displayed why he is number one leg-spinner in the world currently taking his second five-for in Tests conceding 55 runs. Along with him, Mohammad Nabi bagged three wickets as well.
Bangladesh never won a Test scoring more than 217 runs in the fourth innings of a Test match. So the Chattogram Test is now really out of reach for Shakib and his men.
On the other hand, Afghanistan are hoping to seal the game on Monday in spite of the forecast of rain on Monday at Chattogram. If the rain allows them to play only a session tomorrow, that might be enough for them to register a historic win over experienced Bangladesh