Abu Dhabi, March 14: Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Sunday created a record as he bowled the most number of overs in a single Test in the 21st century. He surpassed Aussie spin legend Shane Warne’s record of 98 overs in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.
Rashid ended up bowling 99.2 overs in the ongoing second Test against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This is also the most number of overs bowled by a bowler since 1998 when Muralitharan had bowled 113.5 overs vs England at The Oval.
In the first innings against Zimbabwe, Rashid returned with the figures of 4-138 from 36.3 overs while in the second innings, the spinner bowled 62.5 overs.
In the second innings, Rashid returned with seven wickets and he conceded 137 runs.
The spinner bowled a total of 17 maidens in the second innings and due to his effort, Afghanistan has just been set a target of 108 runs to win the second Test.
Zimbabwe was following on in the second innings and the side was reduced to 142/7 but Sean Williams and Donald Tiripano formed a 187-run stand for the eighth wicket.
Tiripano missed out on a century as he was dismissed for 95 while Sean Williams remained unbeaten on 151.
2nd Test: Rashid’s 11 wickets help Afghanistan level series against Zimbabwe
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan picked up his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket to help his side beat Zimbabwe by six wickets for a series-levelling win in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Afghanistan, who played their first Test against India in 2018, chased down a target of 108 against the African nation in the final session of the match to square the two-match series at 1-1.
The 22-year-old Rashid, who had taken 11 wickets against Bangladesh in 2019, picked up 7-137 in the second innings against Zimbabwe for a match haul of 11-325.
Playing their sixth Test match, the Afghans posted 545/4, their highest ever total, before captain Asghar Afghan declared their first innings.
That was built on the first double hundred by an Afghanistan player when Hashmatullah Shahidi scored 200 not out. The skipper made 164.
The Asian side seemed headed for quick revenge for losing inside two days in the opening Test when they dismissed Zimbabwe for 287 in the first innings and reduced them to 142/7 in the second after enforcing the follow-on.
But Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams, who remained unbeaten on 151, and Donald Tiripano showed fight to add 187 for the eighth wicket and help Zimbabwe avoid an innings defeat.
Rashid broke the resistance with his sixth wicket of the innings and he denied Tiripano a maiden Test hundred when he trapped him lbw for 95 shortly before the lunch break.
Rashid also removed number 11 batsman Victor Nyauchi, before he had scored, as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 365 in their second innings. (HT with ANI inputs/Reuters)