How history achieved
Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan from the front to register a stunning win against Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test at Chittagong. This was only their second win in Test cricket so far. Afghanistan gained Test status last year and played only three Test matches till. Their first win in Test came against another newbie in the business, Ireland. But this came against Bangladesh who have been playing Test cricket for the last ten years. In terms of growth in cricket, this means huge for Afghanistan cricket. The rain-affected match saw only 17.2 overs being bowled on the final day when Afghanistan needed just four wickets to win the match with Shakib Al Hasan in the middle. Test debutant Zahir Khan struck off the first ball of the day’s play by removing the skipper Shakib Al Hasan for 44 with Bangladesh reaching 143/6 in 46.4 overs at Tea.
Rashid, the new sensation
Then it was the youngest captain Rashid Khan who almost did it singlehandedly for Afghanistan. Rashid Khan took all the last three wickets and removed Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, and Soumya Sarkar. He completed second five-wicket haul in the match and ended with 6/49 in the second innings. He finished the match with 11 wickets for 104 runs. Afghanistan became the joint quickest team to pick up their second Test victory and equalled Australia who had done it in 1879.
Rashid Khan was appointed as the captain of the Afghanistan side ahead of the series and turned out to be the player of the match in his immediate appearance. He is also the first player to record fifty and 10-plus wickets in his debut game as captain in Test cricket. Bangladesh, on the other hand, became the first team to lose a Test match against 10 different nations.
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