Afghanistan thumped Bangladesh in the one-off Test match by 224 runs in Chattogram to register their first away Test victory. Rahmat Shah became the first player to score a Test ton for Afghanistan while Asghar Afghan (92) and Rashid Khan (51) scored fifties to push the Afghans total to 342. The hosts were bundled out for just 205 in reply as their new skipper Rashid picked up a 5-fer.
Bangladesh tried to make a comeback with the ball but Ibrahim Zadran’s 87 and Asghar’s 50 pushed Afghanistan to 260 in the 2nd essay. As a result, the home team was set a target of 398. The rain tried its best to deny a win for the visitors who were stranded four wickets away on the final day. Rashid took the last three wickets as Afghanistan completed the game with only 3.2 overs remaining.
All the statistical highlights from a historic victory for Afghanistan over Bangladesh in Chattogram:
Afghanistan’s joy; Bangladesh’s embarrassment:
2 – Afghanistan got their 2nd win in Test cricket in only three matches; the joint-fewest for any team. Australia also needed only three Test matches for their 2nd Test victory.
2 – Number of matches Afghanistan played outside home for their maiden away Test win; the joint-fewest for any team. Afghanistan, Australia, England and Pakistan won their 2nd away Test after losing their first.
10 – Bangladesh has lost a Test match against all ten nations against whom they played. They are now the first team to lose a Test against ten different countries. Interestingly, Bangladesh lost their first Test match against all the ten countries.
A dream Test captaincy debut for Rashid:
4 – Rashid Khan is only the 4th player to score a fifty and take a 5-wicket haul on Test captaincy debut. Rashid, however, is the only player to complete the double in first two innings of the Test.
3 – Rashid is only the 3rd player in Test history with a fifty-plus score and 10+ wickets in the same match as captain. Imran Khan against India in the 1983 Faisalabad Test and Allan Border against West Indies in the 1989 Sydney Test are the other two captains. However, only Rashid and Imran have taken two 5-fers and scored a fifty in the same Test match.
11/104 – Rashid Khan recorded figures of 11/104 in this Test match which makes him the 5th player with a 10-wicket match haul on Test captaincy debut. None of the previous four scored more than 13 runs but Rashid scored 51 and 24 in the respective innings.
The youngest ever captain:
20y 350d – Rashid Khan, at the age of 20 years and 350 days, became the youngest captain in Test cricket surpassing Tatenda Taibu (20y 358d). On the 5th day of the game, Rashid, (20y 354d) holds the record for becoming the youngest captain to win a Test.
The previous youngest captain to win a Test match was Waqar Younis who was 22 years and 20 days when Pakistan completed a victory over Zimbabwe during the 1993 Karachi Test.
Spin dominates pace:
38 – Number of wickets for spin bowlers in this Test; the joint-most number of wickets taken by the spinners in a Test match. 38 wickets fell to spinners during the last year’s Pallekele Test between Sri Lanka and England.
108 – Number of balls bowled by pace bowlers in this Test; the fewest in a completed Test by fast bowlers. Only 20 overs from pacers was possible during the 1952 India-England Test in Kanpur.
Rashid matches Qadir:
6 – Rashid Khan has taken as many as six LBW wickets in this Test (2 in 1st inn & 4 in 2nd inn) which makes him only the 2nd leg-spinner with as many as six LBW wickets in a Test match. Abdul Qadir had seven LBW wickets during the 1987 Lahore Test against England.
Starting with spin:
1 – Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan bowled the first two overs of this Test match; the first instance of two left-arm spinners opening the bowling in the first innings of a Test.
5 – The first five bowlers used in this Test match were all spinners. This is only the 2nd instance in the history of Test cricket that the first bowlers used in a match were spin bowlers. The first six bowlers that India introduced in the 1964 Kanpur Test against England were spinners.
Mosaddek @ 3000:
59.86 – Mosaddek Hossain completed 3000 runs in first-class cricket during the first essay; only the 57th innings for him in this format. Mosaddek’s average of 59.86 in first-class cricket after this match is the 2nd best FC average for any active player with 3000+ runs. Hanuma Vihari scored 6272 runs at an average of 60.30.
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