Rashid Khan completes 10-wicket haul and leads Afghanistan to huge victory over Bangladesh

The youngest cricketer to captain a Test side guides team to first overseas win in only their third red-ball match

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, left, finished with 11 wickets in Chittagong as Bangladesh were beaten by 224 runs. AFP
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, left, finished with 11 wickets in Chittagong as Bangladesh were beaten by 224 runs. AFP

Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul as Afghanistan defied rain and fading light to beat Bangladesh by a massive 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong.

The 20-year-old grabbed three of the remaining four wickets as Afghanistan took 17.2 overs on the fifth day to bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in the second innings on Monday, after the hosts resumed with 136-6.

Rashid, who became the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54. He also scored 51 a half century in the match and was named Man of the Match, which he dedicated to Mohammad Nabi, who is bidding farewell to Test cricket.

"We are new in this format, so the credit goes to the coaching staff [and] the players the way they prepared for this game, " Rashid said, after Afghanistan secured their first overseas Test victory in what is only their third match.

"Before coming here, we had a camp in Abu Dhabi, that was one of the hottest games I have ever had.

"After playing in 46-47 [degrees], when you come in this weather, it is very easy for you.

"We had the best preparation for this game and it was challenging for the batsmen.

"The plan which was given to the players, each and every one – batting, bowling, fielding – everyone just tried and applied himself.

"The youngsters who are coming, they are applying themselves really quickly. They are learning from their mistakes.

"We have a good four-day structure back home, we play ten to 12 four-day matches. That is helping the youngsters get used to the longer format and not just the T20s or ODIs."

Play started on the fifth day at 1pm local time after rain wiped out the first session. It returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side.

Play resumed again at 4.20pm and Afghanistan were given 18.3 overs to bowl out Bangladesh, who were chasing an unlikely target of 398 runs.

Left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan dismissed overnight batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the first ball after the resumption, dealing a serious blow to the home side.

Afsar Zazai took a sharp catch behind the stump to remove Shakib for 44 and then Rashid did the rest.

Rashid trapped Mehidy Hasan dead in front for 12 and dismissed Taijul Islam in the next over for a duck to leave the last wicket pair of Soumya Sarkar and Nayeem Hasan to survive 7.3 overs.

Soumya was the last man dismissed when he flicked Rashid to Ibrahim Zadran at short leg with 20 balls left in the game as Afghanistan completed their second win, after beating Ireland in March.

Bangladesh captain Shakib was full of praise for Afghanistan. "They deserve this victory. After playing for 20 years, we can't say it's a build-up process," he said.

"It's been a while since we played our last Test match, but Afghanistan kept the pressure on us, credit goes to their hard work."

Afghanistan made 342 runs in the first innings, with Rahmat Shah scoring 102, his country's first Test century, before they bowled out Bangladesh for 205 runs to gain a massive 137-run lead.

Teenage debutant Ibrahim Zadran's 87 helped Afghanistan score 260 runs in the second innings, setting a daunting target of nearly 400 runs for Bangladesh.

Updated: September 9, 2019 09:55 PM


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