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Bangladesh Set A Mammoth 662 Target For Afghanistan

Najmul Shanto and Mominul Haque both scored centuries and helped Bangladesh to set a mammoth target of 662 against Afghanistan. The target they set- is the highest they have ever done in Test cricket. Bangladesh declared their second innings with a score of 425/4. There was the expectation that Bangladesh would declare their innings after the Mominul century. But, they preferred to grind Afghanistan down.

Let’s See How Day 3 Game Unfolded!

Shanto and Zakir started their game from where they left off yesterday. For the second wicket, Shanto and Zakir added 173 runs. This is the first time when Bangladesh had two 100-plus second-wicket stands in a Test match. In the first innings, Shanto and Joy added 212 runs. Zakir scored 71 runs before being run out by Nasir Jamal and  Ibrahim. Shanto and Mominul added 83 runs for the third wicket. He reached his century in the second innings and took 115 balls to reach the landmark. Shanto lost his wicket on the left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan’s delivery. In the same over Mushfiqur Rahim also lost his wicket while playing a reverse sweep. 

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After Mustafizur’s wicket, Mominul and Litton took up the baton and kept the Bangladesh innings going. Mominul reached his century off 123 balls by hitting four in slip cordon in the third session. Mominul scored most of his fours through the third man and midwicket. Litton remained unbeaten on 66 off 81 balls with eight fours. Mominul Haque also returned unbeaten on 121 off 145.

Bangladesh’s 661-run lead is their biggest after batting two innings. The previous best was 476 against Zimbabwe in 2021. Zahir took two wickets on the third day, while Hotak had taken one wicket on the second evening.

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Afghanistan Innings

After the declaration, Afghanistan came to bat and scored 45 runs at the stump on day 3. Afghanistan lost their first wicket at the score of 0 in the form of Ibrahim Zadran. Shoriful Islam trapped Ibrahim Zadran lbw for a golden duck. Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi had to retire hurt after getting a Taskin Ahmed bouncer on helmate. Rahmat Shah (5) and Nasir Jamal (5) both remained unbeaten at the end of day 3.


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