Afghanistan cricket team players celebrate with trophy after beating hosts Bangladesh by 224 runs on the fifth and final day of the one-off Test match in Chattogram on Monday. -AFP
A brilliant spell of bowling from Rashid Khan proved a bridge too far for Bangladesh to cross, who succumbed to a 224-run defeat to Afghanistan in the fifth and final day of the one-off Test match on Monday.
This is Afghans second win since their maiden appearance in Test cricket last year and first ever Test win against Bangladesh.
Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan led from the front and claimed six wickets for 49 runs as the tourists denied Bangladesh a face-saving draw on a rain-hit final day at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Resuming on 136, chasing an improbable target of 262 in the final day with four wickets in hand, the Tigers crumbled to 173 all out as Rashid made the Test a memorable one with 11 wickets haul.
Zahir Khan also took three wickets. Not even a series of rain interruptions could save Bangladesh as Afghans needed just 15.1 overs to finish the job in the final session of the day after the morning began with rain and a draw was a real possibility at one stage. Bangladesh prayed for rain but play began before lunch break. Bangladesh could play two overs before rain hit again
answering Bangladesh cricket fans' prayers. But unfortunately at 3.44 pm local time in Chattogram, the cover was peeled off and the game resumed at 4.20 pm for the final 70-minute play.
Only 19 overs were possible due to the weather but Afghans managed to collect the remaining four Bangladeshi wickets with 3.4 overs spear. Rashid Khan cleaned up the tail but Shakib Al Hasan's wicket off Zahir Khan has been the most memorable moments.
Shakib, who was at the crease for 44, lost his balance while cutting a delivery from left arm chainman Zahir Khan and was caught by Afsar Zazai behind the stumps.
Shakib's dismissal effectively closed Bangladesh's slim chances to secure the great escape. Few overs later Rashid trapped Miraz in front for 12 with a ball that cut back at the right hander.
Bangladesh then tottered to 166 for nine when Taijul was given leg before wicket. The TV replay saw there was some bat involved but Bangladesh did not have a review. Soumya Sarkar battled away for 15 before being caught by Ibrahim Zadran at short leg off Rashid as Bangladesh slipped to a humbling defeat.
Rashid who pulled off a historic win for Afghans was adjudged the player of the match for his career best bowling figure. Bangladesh will host a tri-nation series involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe which is scheduled to begin from September 13.
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