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Debutant Ibrahim Zadran scored a superb 87 to give Afghanistan a 374-run lead over Bangladesh on the third day in Chattogram.
Starting off the day on 194/8, Bangladesh didn’t add any runs to their overnight score before Taijul Islam was clean bowled by Mohammad Nabi for 14 runs.
Bangladesh ended up being bowled out for 205, which gave Afghanistan a 137-run lead, when Nayeem Hasan for trapped lbw off the bowling of Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan for seven runs.
Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Nabi snapped up three, and Yamin Ahmadzai and debutant Qais Ahmad chipped in with one wicket apiece.
With a 137-run lead in hand, Afghanistan lost Ihsanullah on the third ball as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan for four runs.
Shakib struck again the very next ball as he removed Rahmat Shah for a golden duck.
Hashmatullah Shahidi only made 12 runs before he was dismissed by Nayeem.
With Afghanistan in a spot of bother at 28/3, Ibrahim and Asghar Afghan amassed a 108-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Asghar was sent packing by Taijul for 50, which came off 108 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.
Ibrahim went on to score a 208-ball 87, which included six boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Mominul Haque at long-on off the bowling of Nayeem.
Nabi fell shortly after, while Rashid was clean bowled by Taijul for 24.
Qais mustered 14 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shakib.
Afsar Zazai and Ahmadzai managed to put together an unbeaten two-run partnership before a power failure brought play to an end for the day.
Shakib was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Taijul and Nayeem took two wickets apiece. As for Mehidy Hasan Miraz, he claimed one.
Afghanistan ended day three on 237/8 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 04:00 GMT.