Afghanistan beat both its opponents and the weather as it won the last four gates in Bangladesh with 17.2 overs on a rain-affected final day at Chattogram to win its second win in the format.
After Bangladesh restarted after more than 250 rounds on day 136/6, Afghanistan was one of the favorites to win a second test victory in its third test match. Only 13 balls were possible before the rain fell and threatened to curtail the prospect of victory in Afghanistan. Both lunch and tea were called early as odds of a draw increased.
Finally, after 4pm local time, the referees confirmed that a maximum of 18.3 overs would be played if the weather permits. With the diminution of the light, even if the rain stayed away, there was a very real view of the day and test was terminated prematurely due to bad light.
The Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan is likely to be a major obstacle on his way to Afghanistan. The all-rounder was supposed to resume the game at 44 * and had made a tremendous impression before the delays caused by the rain.
Zahir Khan, a 20-year-old spinner who made his test debut, got Afghanistan off to a perfect start after resuming the game and captured Shakib’s wicket with the first ball thrown in the final session. Shakib, who was trying to cut, could only cut the ball behind the stumps to Afsar Zazai. If the spirits of Afghanistan were somehow weakened by the weather, Zahir’s breakthrough definitely lifted them.
Mehidy Hasan and Soumya Sarkar both resisted in a resilient eighth wicket partnership that frustrated Afghanistan. The Khans, Rashid, and Zahir played well, beating the bat and pulling the leading edges out on numerous edges just to see the ball sneak past the racket or agonize behind a fielder. Rashid was the man who made the crucial breakthrough by putting in his fourth wicket of innings (and ninth of the game) and scoring Mehidy lbw for 12.
The Afghan captain repeated the trick in his next game and this time rejected Taijul Islam for nothing. Afghanistan was only one goal away from victory. As the light faded, time ran out, and a man of three international centuries sat on the edge of Sarkar, the result was by no means a matter of course. Sarkar and no. 11 Nayeem Hasan stayed firm and with 24 balls before the test, Bangladesh was in the immediate vicinity of a draw.
However, it was not when Rashid Khan unleashed an inside edge from Sarkar that Ibrahim Zadran converted in the first leg to give Afghanistan its most impressive victory in Test Cricket to date. No team in the history of the game has recorded its second test victory in less time than Afghanistan.
It was the perfect opportunity for the team to say goodbye to Mohammad Nabi, one of the most influential figures in Test Cricket. Rashid Khan dedicated his Player of the Match award to Nabi, who is retiring from Test Cricket after the game.
The day also ended with a notable captain’s debut for Rashid Khan. Not only did Afghanistan celebrate its first away win in the format against more experienced opponents, but it was also crucial to its overall performance, scoring 11 goals and scoring 75 runs over the test.
WHAT. A. FINISH.— ICC (@ICC) September 9, 2019
Afghanistan will enjoy that for a long time! pic.twitter.com/fO98U8SWEX