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Rashid Khan leads Afghanistan to monumental win

Bangladesh failed to survive in the rain-ruined final day ending with a massive 224 runs loss against Afghanistan.

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Rashid Khan leads Afghanistan to monumental win
Rashid Khan claims 11 wickets in the match. Photo: AFP

Afghanistan recorded their second Test victory in just their third ever match in the format, when they beat Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday.

The wet Autumn weather forced the covers on for almost entire fifth and final day of the match. It was only 18 overs remaining for Bangladesh to survive with the last four wickets in hand.

But that too was proved to be too difficult for the hosts, they were bowled out for mere 173 runs in their second innings, leaving Afghanistan with a massive 224 runs win.

Resuming the day requiring 226 runs more to win, Bangladesh were four wickets left in hand. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan stood unharmed in first four overs before play was stopped due to rain.

But the resistance ruined in the first ball by Zahir Khan after the play resumed, Shakib chased a wide off-stump delivery, eventually being caught by Zazai.

For a little while, Soumya Sarkar tried to utilize the closing in fielding set-up by Afghan captain, fetched several boundaries. With Mehidy Hasan in the crease, Bangladesh showed resistance in next six overs.

But Rashid Khan stored his best for the last, trapped Mehidy with a googly to get rid of him. The Afghan captain hit in the immediate over also picking Nayeem Hasan. The leg before decision, however, was not correct as replays showed the ball might have hit the bat but with no reviews remaining, the home team have had nothing to do with that.

The 20-year old Rashid, who became the youngest Test captain ever, took six for 49 in the second innings to finish with  a stunning match figure of  11 for 104. He was adjudged man of the match.

Rahmat Shah’s 102, the first Test century by any Afghanistan batsman accompanying a 92 from Asghar Afghan allowed the visiting team to post 342 in the first innings.

“We are new in this format, total credit goes to the coaching staff and the players for this victory,” Rashid said at the presentation ceremony.

“We had the best preparation for this game. The only thing (I said) from my side was enjoy your bowling and enjoy your batting, that’s what matters in test cricket. Everyone applied themselves, it was a total team effort.”

“It’s combination of both, (lack of) application of our batsmen and Afghanistan also bowled really well,” skipper and batting mainstay Shakib Al Hasan said.

“All credit goes to Afghanistan but at the same time we also have to do a lot of work hard. After playing for 20 years, we cannot say it’s a build-up process. We need to forget this match as soon as possible and focus on the T20 series,” he said.

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