Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday announced a 13-member T20 squad for first two matches of the upcoming Tri-nation T20 series also involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
In the just-announced squad, left-handed batsman Afif Hossain and right-arm off-spinner Mehedi Hasan made a comeback while right-arm pacer Yasin Arafat Mishu earned his first call to the national squad.
Afif played his first T20I during Sri Lanka’s Bangladesh tour in 2018. In the same series, Mehedi made his debut too. However, they failed to exploit the chance in their respective first matches.
Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain also returned to the T20 squad after missing the last T20 series in West Indies while Taijul Islam is also included in T20 squad who never played in this format.
Six feet and one inch tall Yasin Arafat played only seven first-class and six list-A matches and took 18 and 13 wickets respectively. His best figure in list-A cricket is eight wickets for 40 runs.
However, Bangladesh overlooked Ariful Haque, Abu Hider Rony, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nazmul Islam Apu from the previous T20I squad, who have played during Tigers’ West Indies tour in 2018.
Tamim Iqbal is also set to miss this series as he has been out of action for personal reasons.
Bangladesh T20 squad for first two games of tri-series also involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe: Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Afif Hossain, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Shabbir Rahaman, Taijul Islam, Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Shaif Uddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Yasin Arafat Mishu
Chattogram, Sept 9 (UNB) - Test babes Afghanistan have created history defeating hosts and experienced Bangladesh by huge 224 runs on the 5th and final day of the rain-interrupted one-off Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan picked up 11 wickets on his debut as the captain to lead the team from the front, and eventually, he was adjudged man of the match.
The play of the fifth day was interrupted more than once by rain after the first session was completely washed. However, in the final 70 minutes of the game, Afghanistan needed four wickets to create history. Bangladesh, on the other hand, needed to survive a minimum 19 overs to end the game on a draw.
However, Afghanistan used a small window to make a big history. Rashid bagged the three of last four wickets of Bangladesh to seal the victory in their favour.
Before taking six for 49 in the second innings, Rashid took five for 55 and hit 51 in Afghanistan’s first innings. And with this, he joined Imran Khan and Allan Border to have taken 10-plus wickets and hit fifty-plus score in a single Test match as captains.
In the end, it was Rashid Khan’s Test as he scalped the wicket of Soumya Sarkar who was the last obstacle between Afghanistan and their first away Test win.
Soumya, the left-handed batsman who came to bat at number eight in the last innings of Chattogram Test, tried his best to save the game facing 59 deliveries to score 15. But in the end, he failed to finish it out.
Soumya looked to defend the ball but he prodded a catch to the fielder to the short leg -- Ibrahim Zadran -- who took an easy catch to end the game. Before Soumya’s dismissal, Bangladesh lost Taijul Islam to an erroneous decision of umpire Paul Wilson who declared Taijul lbw although the ball touched his bat before pinning on the pad.
Earlier, in the first innings, Afghanistan posted 342 runs -- their highest Test total -- riding on the maiden Test ton by Rahmat Shah and 92 of Asghar Afghan.
For Bangladesh, Taijul took four wickets while Shakib Al Hasan and Nayeem Hasan bagged two each.
Replying to this innings, Bangladesh were all-out for 205, which was the main reason behind Bangladesh’s downfall in this Test.
Afghanistan had ensured a 137-run lead at the end of first innings of both sides.
In the second innings, they put up 260 runs on the board with the help of the fifties for Ibrahim Zadran and Asghar.
They stretched their lead to a massive 397 runs. Bangladesh had never chased this sort of tall totals in the last innings of a Test match.
Bangladesh tumbled for 173 all-out in 61.4 over in their last innings to suffer their most painful Test defeat.
In both of the innings, Bangladeshi batsmen failed to come up with an effective plan to face the spin-attack of Afghanistan. At the same time, some of them disappointed to show patience and calmness what was most important to avoid this humiliating defeat.
Afghanistan are now the only team after Australia to have registered two Test wins just playing only three. In contrast, Bangladesh had to play 60 Tests to win two Tests.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan will now lock horns in a tri-series T20 which also involving Zimbabwe, starting from September 13 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
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.