Afghanistan Equal Australia Record With Test Thrashing Of Bangladesh
Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sept 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Sep, 2019 ) :Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 as Afghanistan thrashed Bangladesh by 224 runs in Chittagong Monday, equalling Australia's longstanding record as the quickest nation to chalk up two victories in Test cricket.
"We are new to this format, so credit goes to the coaching staff for their support. Everyone applied themselves and stuck to their plans." Cricket has become the national sport of war-torn Afghanistan, with many of the Afghan players cutting their cricketing teeth in refugee camps in Pakistan.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib was full of praise for Rashid's side.
"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.
" - Sporting fairy tale - Afghanistan have become a growing force in the sport in recent years, gaining one-day international status in 2009 and reaching two 50-over World Cups including the recent tournament in England.
They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.
But rain returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side.
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.
Afghanistan made 342 runs in the first innings, owing to 102 runs of Rahmat Shah, the first-ever Test century for the country, before they bowled out Bangladesh for 205 runs to gain a massive 137-run lead.
Afghanistan rode on teenage debutant Ibrahim Zadran's 87 to score 260 runs in the second innings, setting a daunting target of nearly 400 runs for Bangladesh.