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Centurion Rahmat Shah and resilient Asghar help Afghanistan post 271 on day one

A maiden century in Test for Afghanistan by Rahmat Shah and a patient 88* by Asghar Afghan helped Afghanistan end the first day of the only test against Bangladesh at 271/5 in 96 overs.

Having won the toss, Skipper Rashid Khan opted to bat first in Afghanistan’s third match in the longest format. The highlights of the day included a tremendous century by Rahmat Shah who became the first Test centurion for Afghanistan.

Shah put on a partnership of 120 runs for the fourth wicket with Asghar Afghan before getting caught at slip for 102 runs. Bangladesh got regular breakthroughs before Shah and Afghan stabilized the innings for Afghanistan. Opening Batsmen Ihsanulah Janat, debutant Ibrahim Zadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi lost their wickets for 9, 21 and 14 respectively.

After Rahmat Shah lost his wicket, Mohammad Nabi was sent back to the pavilion without adding any runs. Afsar Zazai joined Asghar Afghan in the middle and the pair added 74 runs as the first day was concluded. Afghan and Zazai will resume the second day unbeaten on 88 and 35 respectively.