In their first Test since 2021, the visiting team faced a challenging target of 662 runs and was eventually bowled out for 115, with the last batter, Zahir Khan, retiring hurt. This led to Bangladesh achieving a dominant victory over Afghanistan by 546 runs in their one-off Test match in Mirpur. Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed played a crucial role, registering his career-best figures of 4-37.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
During Afghanistan’s innings, Karim Janat managed to hit two sixes before being bowled by Taskin for 18. Mehidy Hasan also contributed by dismissing Amir Hamza for 5, leaving Afghanistan at 106-8. Taskin continued his impressive performance by getting Yamin Ahmadzai caught at mid-off, completing his fourth wicket in the following over. Unfortunately, Zahir sustained an injury on his elbow while attempting to dodge a short ball and had to retire hurt.
In the first innings, Bangladesh scored 382 runs, with Najmul Hossain Shanto making a remarkable 146. Afghanistan, in response, were bowled out for 146. In their pursuit of victory, the visitors faced the daunting target of 662 runs but fell short, ultimately getting dismissed for 115, with Zahir retiring hurt after being struck by a bouncer from Taskin.
This victory for Bangladesh by a margin of 546 runs is the largest in terms of runs in the 21st century, surpassing Australia’s 562-run win over England in 1934. England holds the all-time record with a 675-run win over Australia in 1928.
Taskin played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s success, leading the pace attack that took a total of 14 wickets in the match. Shoriful Islam also contributed significantly, claiming 3-28. Afghanistan, who resumed at 45-2 on the fourth day, faced early setbacks as Nasir Jamal (6) edged Ebadot Hossain in the third over. Shoriful dismissed Afsar Zaxai (6) caught at gully and removed Bahir Shah (7) before Rahmat Shah, who top-scored with a gritty 30 off 73 balls, was caught behind off Taskin.
In the second innings, Najmul scored an impressive 124, while Mominul Haque ended his two-year drought without a century by scoring an unbeaten 121. Bangladesh eventually declared at 425-4 in the final session of Friday’s play.