Afghanistan. (Credits: Twitter)

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.

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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.

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:



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