Almost the entire fifth day was washed out but the few overs that were possible were just enough for Afghanistan to stun Bangladesh in the one-off Test by 224 runs and register a historic Test win. In a country where the likes of Australia and England have struggled in recent times, Afghanistan made light work of Bangladesh.
The win looked like a mere formality when day four ended with Bangladesh reeling at 136 for 6 while chasing an improbable 398. Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar were the last recognised pair and had their task cut out. But the duo as well as other Bangladesh players and fans would have been with the weather that welcomed them on day five.
It was raining consistently in Chattogram and no play was possible in the first session. The game finally started in the second session but only 13 deliveries could be bowled before the heaven’s gate opened again, much to the dismay of Afghanistan. Play once again started in the final session of the day and Bangladesh now had the chance to deny the visitors a much-deserved victory.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 9, 2019
However, Afghanistan made their intentions clear by starting solidly with the ball as Zahir Khan dismissed Shakib on the very first ball after the restart. Soumya and Mehedi Hasan then batted for almost ten overs before skipper Rashid Khan removed the latter to brighten up his team’s chances. In his next over, Rashid struck again to dismiss Taijul Islam and put his team on the brink.
However, Soumya was still the main hurdle for Afghanistan and time was running out for them. But with less than four overs remaining in the day, Soumya ended up edging the ball from Rashid to short leg to spark wild celebration among the Afghanistan players. Bangladesh were all out for 173 to suffer the humiliating defeat.
Rashid starred with the ball, picking up six wickets while Zahir picked up three. Meanwhile, the cricketing world was quick to react to the stunning performance from Afghanistan.
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Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:
Many congratulations to @ACBofficials on a fantastic victory. Had to not just fight the Bangladesh batsmen but also the rain and they have showed excellent skills and spirit to register a great win. Well done @rashidkhan_19 #BANvAFG pic.twitter.com/5Miqjpl9VI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 9, 2019
Just brilliant from Afghanistan. Had 18.3 overs to get 4 wickets with 2 batsmen and did it with overs to spare. Magnificent game for @rashidkhan_19 but how good was everyone else. Their great story continues.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 9, 2019
Before this Test match #BANvAFG
"Beating Afghanistan will help Bangladesh cricket to start becoming normal" – Shakib Al Hasan
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 9, 2019
Afghanistan just defeated Bangladesh for a massive Test win.
Rashid with a 6-fer
But they earned no WTC points because they aren't in it. What a great way to grow the game 🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️
— Dennis Pink Test (@DennisCricket_) September 9, 2019
Bangladesh’s first Test against all opponents:
v Ind- Lost
v Zim – Lost
v Pak – Lost
v SL – Lost
v NZ – Lost
v SA – Lost
v WI – Lost
v Aus – Lost
v Eng – Lost
v Afg – Lost
They have lost their first Tests against all the opponents! #BanvAfg
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 9, 2019
afghanistan won't win the world test championship (since they aren't in it) but they just won test cricket! #BANvAFG
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 9, 2019
Rashid Khan's overall Performance in this match :
Took 11 wickets with the ball.
Scored 75 runs with the bat.
Lost 2 years from the age.#BANvAFG
— Sunil- the cricketer (@1sInto2s) September 9, 2019
This is what dreams are made of.
What a moment.#banvafg
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) September 9, 2019
Two wins in first three tests – Afghanistan are into blossoming test cricket. Though AFG not part of WTC but PCB must take opportunity to invite them in Pakistan to play test match. Security is all well. Moreover majority Afghan cricketers learnt cricket in Pakistan.🏏🇦🇫#BANvAFG
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 9, 2019
Not like bangladesh who used to excuse we are new we are Rising, look at afghanistan ! They are here to win not hearts only #BANvAFG
— Veer Zorawar Singh (@RebornVeer) September 9, 2019
Bangladesh becomes the first team to lose a Test against ten different teams.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 9, 2019
Nabi's services would be missed but Zahir is a big plus. He bowls the googly, chinaman and flipper with decent to good control #AFGvBAN
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) September 9, 2019
Defeating Bangladesh in their own backyard is no mean feat even for top teams now-a-days… To do that in just your third Test is simply astonishing. Well done, Afghanistan. Making giant strides in a short span of time !!! @ACBofficials
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) September 9, 2019
Not yet 21, @rashidkhan_19 leads @ACBofficials to win in his first Test as captain. Great match he’s had as bowler and batsman too. What a player! Bangladesh, punting heavily on spin, hoist by their own petard
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 9, 2019
First away Test win for Afghanistan. They have played only three Tests and they have a Test centurion, a man with a 5-wicket haul, youngest Test captain and now an away win as well. Never seen a cricket nation growing so fast. #BANvAFG
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) September 9, 2019
Shakib was disappointed with the wicket, hope he is more disappointed with how Bangladesh need a deck to win at home. Grow your skills, home advantage is fine but if it is like this, can come back to bite you. The rivalry grows between them and Afghanistan.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 9, 2019