One did not need a second glance at Taskin Ahmed to realize how excited he was when he was given the new ball by his skipper. Having finally been cleared by the ICC to bowl in international cricket, Taskin was steaming in right from the word go.

Unfortunately, the excitement got the better of him. For most of his initial spells he seemed to concentrate more on his pace rather than the line and length. To his credit though he held his nerve towards the end and bowled a series of full-length deliveries to restrict the Afghans.

Bangladesh’s new bowling coach Courtney Walsh felt that Taskin had done well in his first game since his return from suspension despite giving away 49 runs in his first six overs. He praised Taskin for being able to turn things around and scalp four wickets in his last two overs.

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