Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test cricket as Afghanistan overcame rain and fading light to crush Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Monday.
The wet weather forced the players indoors for almost the entire day, but when play resumed in the final session, Bangladesh was bowled out for 173, with under four overs left to survive for a draw
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.
Captain Rashid Khan led from the front for Afghanistan and bowled them to victory on the final day of the rain-affected match, which saw only 17.2 overs being bowled on Day 5 in which the visitors managed to grab the remaining four wickets to trigger joyous celebrations on the field.
In only his country’s third Test match, Rashid took three of the last four wickets to finish with a match haul of 11 wickets, helping Afghanistan bowl out Bangladesh for 173 runs in the second innings.
With four wickets in hand, the hosts were given 18.3 overs to survive after play resumed in the final session following a rain break but they succumbed with three overs to spare.
Rashid was later awarded the man-of-the-match for his performance.
“The legend Nabi, who has played his last Test, has helped me and other young spinners a lot. I wish him all the best and I want to dedicate my man of the match award to him.”
Speaking on the victory, Afghanistan skipper Rashid said that it was a ‘total team effort’, adding that the youngsters have learned quickly and that the domestic four-day structure was reaping dividends.
“It was a total team effort. The youngsters are learning very quickly and we now have a good four-day structure at home. That’s the best thing done by the cricket board.”