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Ibrahim an embodiment of Afghanistan's better-preparedness

07 Sep 2019 CricBuzz

With a mammoth lead at the end of the third day's play, Afghanistan may have done enough to show that they belong at this level, and that they were prepared to take on Bangladesh at home. It's never easy tackling a four-man spin attack on tailor-made wickets but Afghanistan have done so with aplomb so far in this Test. And at the helm of their effort on Saturday was Ibrahim Zadran, who made 87 on his Test debut.

Afghanistan were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 28-3 before Asghar Afghan and Zadran added valuable 108 runs for the fourth wicket. The way they resurrected their innings against the host spinners was a testament to Afghanistan's patience.

"I am feeling good. This was my debut match and I played well. I took my time to stay in the middle and played with responsibility and that has helped me to play well," Zadran said after the day's play.

The Afghans, over the course of this Test, have looked better prepared largely due to the amount of recent first-class cricket under their belt, courtesy the Inter-Continental Cup whereas for Ibrahim, his tour to Bangladesh with the Afghanistan A seems to have made a big impact.

Ibrahim scored 209 runs in the recently concluded four-day games that includes an impressive average of 104.50 and more importantly helped them earn a 1-0 win in the two-match series.

Ibrahim admitted that he took confidence from this recent tour with Afghanistan A team.

"I have not played the tournament [intercontinental cup] but have played four-day domestic matches back home. I was not good in the first few matches but I took time to learn the game and now I am using that experience here.

''We have made good preparations for this game. Two weeks back we were in Abu Dhabi preparing for this match and we played a two-day practice match here as well. We were very hopeful that we will be able to play well here and it has been in our favour so far," Zadran said.

The right-handed opener also said that Afghanistan are sensing victory.

"We believe we are in 70 percent winning position," he said. "Our target at this point is to make some 400 plus runs and we are 30-40 runs away from that. We believe we can do that and it will not be easy for Bangladesh to achieve that."

Mehidy Hasan, the Bangladesh all rounder, also noted that it would be tough for the home side to chase down the sizeable target.


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