Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan-inspired Afghanistan annihilate Bangladesh in Chattogram

Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan-inspired Afghanistan annihilate Bangladesh in Chattogram

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Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ahead of the first day’s play, it seemed as if only the rain gods could save Bangladesh and rob Afghanistan of a historic victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The atmosphere remained for a chunk of the day , but it couldn’t stop the Afghans from scripting a victory by 224 runs. It only took 15.3 overs for them to get the remaining Tigers’ wicket.

Zahir Khan gets the prized Shakib  

After rain dominated proceedings, it was eventually decided that there would be a minimum of 18.3 overs to be bowled provided light permits. For the Tigers, in the middle was the left-handed pair of Shakib Al Hasan (44) and Soumya Sarkar (15). It went without saying that a lot depended on the duo as they were the only specialist batters remaining. But chinaman bowler Zahir Khan had other ideas.

The tweaker churned out a short ball and it went away from Shakib. However, the southpaw went for a cut and got a thin edge. Afsar Zazai didn’t make any mistake in pouching the ball. It happened in the very first ball of the day and Bangladesh were pushed on the backfoot right away. Mehidy Hasan Miraz joined Soumya in the middle and he looked solid in the middle, having faced 28 balls.

Rashid Khan runs through the Bangladesh tail

But it was the guile of Rashid Khan, which accounted for his wicket. Mehidy was a long way forward and he took the Decision Review System (DRS), but to no avail. Taijul Islam showed guts and determination in the first innings. Unfortunately, Rashid got rid of him for a duck. It was an unlucky dismissal, since Taijul got a big inside edge and the hosts had already used up their priceless reviews.

Even Soumya, at the non-striker’s end were disappointed. Then it was the turn of Nayeem Hasan to give his senior partner company. Amidst play, it again started to rain, but the umpires waited for the downpour to clear and it stopped raining soon. In the 62nd over, Sarkar got an inside edge, giving Rashid his sixth wicket. Ibrahim Zadran took a sharp catch at short-leg and erupted in jubilation.

Here is how Twitter lauded Afghanistan on the historic victory