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Bangladesh achieved a remarkable victory over Afghanistan in the one-off Test at Dhaka's Shere Bangla Stadium on Saturday (June 17), led by Najmul Hossain Shanto's outstanding twin centuries and an impressive collective bowling performance. This triumph secured Bangladesh's largest-ever Test win in terms of runs, ranking it as the third-best victory margin in Test history. It marked the most significant margin of victory in red-ball cricket since the 20th century.
As the match resumed with Afghanistan at 45/2, the chances of them prolonging the game to the fourth or fifth day seemed improbable. Ultimately, they only managed to survive for one session as Bangladesh's bowlers skillfully dismantled their weak batting lineup. Taskin Ahmed, who had a sluggish start with the ball in the first innings, emerged as the star performer with career-best figures of 4/37, swiftly completing the task at hand.
The fact that only three Afghan batsmen reached double figures speaks volumes about their struggle throughout the match. Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi, unable to recover from the concussion he suffered the previous evening, was replaced by Bahir Shah, who failed to contribute significantly. Everything fell perfectly into place for Bangladesh, who executed nearly flawless Test cricket from the moment they chose to bat on the first day.
Shanto's back-to-back centuries stole the spotlight, accompanied by Zakir Hasan's consistent half-centuries in both innings. Meanwhile, debutant Nijat Masood's impressive five-wicket haul in the first innings stood out as Afghanistan's sole positive aspect in the game. Their batsmen found it arduous to contend with Bangladesh's pacers on the unusually lively Dhaka pitch, which offered additional bounce for the fast bowlers.
Ebadot Hossain's four-wicket haul set the tone for the hosts in the first innings, a feat that was mirrored by Taskin in the second innings. Despite having the chance to enforce the follow-on, Bangladesh made the decision to bat once more and systematically wear down the Afghan bowlers.By the beginning of the fourth day, a Bangladesh victory was inevitable, and it became a question of how quickly they could finish the job. In a game that spanned ten sessions, Afghanistan only managed to bat for 72 overs.
Bangladesh's astounding performance showcased their dominance in this Test match and will undoubtedly go down as a memorable victory in their cricketing history. The comprehensive margin of victory not only reflects their batting prowess but also highlights the exceptional skill of their bowling unit. With such a resounding win, Bangladesh has made a resounding statement in the Test arena and will look to build on this success in future encounters.
Here are the summary scores: Bangladesh posted 382 runs (with Shanto scoring 146 and Zakir contributing 76) in their first innings, while Afghanistan managed only 146 runs (led by Zazai's 36 and Jamal's 35) in their response. In the second innings, Bangladesh declared at 425/4 (with Shanto scoring 124, Mominul unbeaten at 121, and Zakir adding 71). In the face of Bangladesh's dominant performance, Afghanistan could only muster 115 runs (with Rahmat top-scoring at 30). The outstanding bowlers for Bangladesh were Ebadot with 4 wickets for 47 runs, Taskin with 4 for 37, and Shoriful with 3 for 28. Bangladesh now holds a commanding lead of 546 runs.