CHITTAGONG: Captain 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-run margin in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Monday.
Rashid 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 after the hosts resumed with 136-6.
Play started on the fifth day at 1:00pm local time after rain wiped out the first session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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, which was chasing a 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 the Bangladesh captain 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 playing just three Tests.
Rashid, who made his debut as the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54.
The Afghan skipper, who also made 51 and 24 runs in two innings, was named man-of-the-match.
“We won this game against a side like Bangladesh,” Rashid said after the match. “We are new to this format, so credit goes to the coaching staff for their support. Everyone applied themselves and stuck to their plans. The four-day structure back home is helping the players. We had the best preparation for this game and it was challenging for the batsmen.”
It was a disappointing result for Bangladesh, who made their debut in the format way back in 2000, while their captain 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.
“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.”
AFGHANISTAN (1st Innings) 342 (Rahmat Shah 102, Asghar Afghan 92, Rashid Khan 51, Afsar Zazai 41; Taijul Islam 4-116).
BANGLADESH (1st Innings) 205 (Mominul Haque 52, Mosaddek Hossain 48 not out; Rashid Khan 5-55; Mohammad Nabi 3-56).
AFGHANISTAN (2nd Innings) 260 (Ibrahim Zadran 87, Asghar Afghan 50, Afsar Zazai 48 not out; Shakib Al Hasan 3-58).
BANGLADESH (2nd Innings, overnight 136-6):
Liton Das lbw b Zahir 9
Shadman Islam lbw b Nabi 41
Mosaddek Hossain c Asghar b Zahir 12
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Rashid 23
Mominul Haque lbw b Rashid 3
Shakib Al Hasan c Afsar b Zahir 44
Mahmudullah c Ibrahim b Rashid 7
Soumya Sarkar c Ibrahim b Rashid 15
Mehidy Hasan lbw b Rashid 12
Taijul Islam lbw b Rashid 0
Nayeem Hasan not out 1
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-2) 6
TOTAL (all out, 61.4 overs) 173
FALL OF WKTS: 1-30, 2-52, 3-78, 4-82, 5-106, 6-125, 7-143, 8-166, 9-166.
BOWLING: Yamin Ahmadzai 4-1-14-0; Mohammad Nabi 20-5-39-1; Rashid Khan 21.4-6-49-6; Zahir Khan 15-0-59-3.
RESULT: Afghanistan won by 224 runs.
UMPIRES: N.J. Llong (England) and P. Wilson (Australia).
TV UMPIRE: N.T. Menon (India).
MATCH REFEREE: B.C. Broad (England).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Rashid Khan.
Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2019