Bangladesh scored a whopping 546 runs against Afghanistan in the one-off Test match between the two Asian teams earlier today in Dhaka. With this victory, Litton Das’ men set a new record for the largest Test win in the 21st century.

The overall record for the largest Test victory by a run belongs to England. Again in 1928, England beat Australia by 675 runs in a Test match hosted by Brisbane. Six years later, Australia beat England by 562 runs at The Oval, the second largest margin of victory.

Bangladesh broke South Africa’s record for the largest Test win in the 21st century. The Proteas scored a winning run of 492 against Australia in Johannesburg in 2018.

Notably, this is also the biggest win for any Asian team by a run in Test cricket. Sri Lanka previously held this record with their 465-run win over Bangladesh in January 2009.

The twin horns of Najmul Hussain Shanto helped Bangladesh crush Afghanistan

Four years ago, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the first test match between the two teams. Bangladesh were keen to avenge that defeat in this year’s Test match at the Sher Bangla National Stadium, and brilliant batting displays by Najm Hussain Shanto helped the hosts secure a memorable victory.

Shantou scored 146 in the first innings, leading Bangladesh to 382 runs. In response, the entire Afghan team managed only 146 runs. Bangladesh scored 425/4 in the second innings before the declaration. Shantou scored again with a knock of 124 runs.

The visitors were chasing down 662 runs for an improbable victory, taking an average of 115/9 when Zahir Khan blasted a delivery from Taskin Ahmed and hit the retired bowler. Notably, Khan was bowled twice in the same match after being bowled by Ahmed, but the DRS and the ball saved him before retiring.

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