Bangladesh’s Record-Breaking Test Victory: Crush Afghanistan by 546 Runs

Dhaka: Bangladesh registered their biggest victory margin (by runs) in Test cricket, defeating Afghanistan by a mammoth 546 runs in the one-off Test. Taskin Ahmed’s four-wicket haul, combined with centuries from Najmul Hossain and Mominul Haque, led Bangladesh to their remarkable win.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh lost an early wicket, but Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Najmul Hassain Shanto built a strong partnership of 212 runs for the second wicket. Despite regular wicket losses, Bangladesh managed to reach a total of 382 runs before being bowled out, with Nijat Masood claiming five wickets for Afghanistan.

In response, Afghanistan struggled right from the start, losing four wickets quickly. Nasir Jamal and Afsar Zazai provided some resistance with a 65-run partnership, but Afghanistan collapsed and were bowled out for just 146 runs. Hossain stood out with four wickets for Bangladesh.

Chasing a record target of 662 runs, Afghanistan faced a disastrous start, losing wickets on the first ball of the innings and shortly after. Taskin Ahmed dismissed Abdul Malik, while captain Hashmatullah Shahidi retired hurt after being struck on the helmet. At the end of the third day, Bangladesh reached 45/2.

On Day 4, Afghanistan’s struggles continued as Ebadot Hossain dismissed Nasir Jamal early on. The team’s wickets fell rapidly, and despite Karim Janat’s attempt to score quick runs, he was eventually bowled for 18. Zahir Khan suffered an injury and had to retire hurt. Consequently, Bangladesh sealed their historic victory by a massive margin of 546 runs.

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