The afternoon session followed the same format as the morning session, with Bangladesh seemingly unwilling to declare. Shanto continued to play his strokes until he was eliminated with a well-made 124. Mushfiqur Rahim came in and hit a double and a six before departing the following delivery, creating a fleeting illusion that Bangladesh had declared their innings.
However, captain Litton Das has gotten entangled with Mominul Haque, who is approaching his own ton. As has been the case throughout Bangladesh’s innings, runs have been scored at a rapid rate, but with the margin exceeding 600, the only question is the timing of the declaration. The bowlers of Afghanistan have been going through the motions for some time.
It is difficult to predict, but Mominul’s century and Litton’s fifty may be the point at which Bangladesh declare.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 382 (Shanto 146, Zakir 76, Masood 5-79) and 378-4 (Shanto 124, Mominul 95*, Zakir 71) lead Afghanistan 146 (Zazai 36, Jamal 35, Ebadot 4-47) by 614 runs