AFG vs ZIM: Rashid Khan’s Best Anchors Afghanistan’s Series-Levelling Win Over Zimbabwe

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A profession finest wicket haul by leg-spinner Rashid Khan helped Afghanistan degree their two-match sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe with a tough fought victory within the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The 22-year-old continued his fairytale rise at worldwide degree with 7-137 in a marathon 62.5 overs effort to finish Zimbabwe’s resistance-packed second innings on 365, quickly after lunch on the fifth and remaining day. That gave Afghanistan 108 runs to win in 45 overs which they achieved for the lack of 4 wickets, two every to pacer Blessing Muzarabani and spinner Ryan Burl.

But Rahmat Shah with 58 and Ibrahim Zadran’s 29 ensured Afghanistan achieved the goal to win by six wickets and degree the sequence at 1-1.

Zimbabwe gained the primary Test — additionally in Abu Dhabi — by 10 wickets. The two groups now play a three-match Twenty20 worldwide sequence on the identical venue from March 17.

Rashid, whose earlier better of 6-49 got here in opposition to Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2019, completed the match with figures of 11-275, his second ten wicket haul in 5 Tests.

But the wily spinner needed to overcome a troublesome eighth wicket stand of 187 — a brand new file stand for Zimbabwe in all Tests — between skipper Sean Williams and Donald Tiripano.

Williams was left stranded on 151 which got here in 465 minutes of defiant batting, his highest rating within the format.

William’s earlier better of 119 was in opposition to New Zealand at Bulawayo 5 years in the past.

Tiripano was unfortunate to overlook on a properly deserved hundred by 5 runs when he was trapped leg-before by Rashid on the stroke of lunch. 

Tiripano, whose earlier highest of 49 not out got here in the identical Test as Williams’s, hit 16 boundaries in a 261-minute defiance.

The Williams-Tiripano stand broke the earlier highest eighth wicket stand for Zimbabwe of 168 between Heath Streak and Andy Blignaut made in opposition to the West Indies at Harare in 2003.

They additionally took the sport to the fifth day after Zimbabwe had been 142-6 on day 4, having been pressured to observe on after being dismissed for 287 of their first innings.

Williams added one other 33 for the ninth wicket with Muzarabani (17) however Zimbabwe misplaced the final two wickets within the area of three runs.

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Afghanistan had made a mammoth 545-4 declared with Hashmatullah Shahidi compiling an unbeaten 200 and skipper Asghar Afghan 164.    

This was Afghanistan’s third win in six Tests, whereas a Test sequence win stays elusive for Zimbabwe since beating Bangladesh at dwelling in 2004.

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