Chittagong: Afghanistan continued their domination over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Sunday, but rain denied them a chance of wrapping up a win on Day 4 itself.
When rain forced an early finish to the day, Shakib al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar were unbeaten.
On Day 5, Afghanistan need just 4 wickets for a win, while Bangladesh need 262 runs to win over the three session.
Leading the team from the front, Rashid Khan’s all-round display helped Afghanistan pile up a 374 run lead on stumps at Day 3.
The all-rounder scored 51 in Afghanistan’s first innings of 342, and then took 5/55 to bundle out the hots for 205, 137 runs behind.
It got worse for Bangladesh as Ibrahim Zadran scored 87, while former Afghani skipper Asghar Afghan continued his supreme display with the bat scoring the second half-century of the match.
At the close of play, wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai and Yamin Ahmadzai were present at the crease as Afghanistan were batting on 237/8.
Left-arm chinaman Zahir struck first when he dismissed opener Liton Das, who was trapped leg before for nine two balls after a caught-behind decision against was overturned by television umpire on review.
One-down Mosaddek Hossain chased a ball wide outside the off-stump to give a catch to Asghar Afghan at long off after making 12 runs.
Rashid trapped Mushfiqur Rahim plumb in front after the former Bangladesh skipper started in a confident manner to make 23 off 25 balls.
Rashid delivered another blow in his next over to dismiss Mominul Haque, out lbw for three.
Earlier, resuming at 237-8 after more than two hours' delay because of drizzle, Afghanistan added 23 runs to their overnight score before they were all out for 260, which took their lead close to the 400-run mark.
The highest successful run chase in Bangladesh is 317-7 by New Zealand at the same ground in 2008.
Yamin Ahmadzai was run out for nine and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan removed last man Zahir, leaving Afsar Zazai stranded on 48.