The youngest to lead a Test side ever, Rashid Khan, followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with a six-wicket haul in the second to help Afghanistan register a historic win over Bangladesh on Monday. Notably, this was Afghanistan’s first win away from home as they defeated the Bangladesh team by a huge margin of 224 runs.
Interestingly, on the final day of the test match, Afghanistan had the upper hand. However, rains washed out two complete sessions which meant that the Afghans were left with just one session to try and dismiss the remaining Bangladesh batsman and clinch victory.
They were absolutely spot on as they started the day with a wicket of the first ball and that too of the Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. Zahir Khan provided Afghanistan with that wicket.
Rashid Khan then started bowling from one end while changing bowlers from the other end between, Qais Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi. His tactics worked too as he dismissed Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam.
However, Soumya Sarkar still managed to block the bowlers and pushed hard for an unlikely draw. With just four overs remaining in the day, Rashid managed to get a nick off Sarkar which went to the short leg fielder as Afghanistan celebrated their record win. This was Rashid’s 11th wicket in the match.
Chasing a total of 398, Bangladesh were knocked out for 173.
Afghanistan consequently are the joint-fastest team to register their second Test match win (in three matches). The other record holder is Australia who won their second Test match way back in 1879.
Brief Scores: Afghanistan 342 (Rahmat Shah 102, Asghar Afghan 92; Taijul Islam 4/116) and 260 (Ibrahim Zadran 87, Asghar Afghan 50; Shakib Al Hasan 3/58) vs Bangladesh 205 (Mominul Haque 52, Mosaddek Hossain 48; Rashid Khan 5/55) and 173 (Shakib Al Hasan 44, Shadman Islam 41; Rashid Khan 6/59).