Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan got his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and also etched his name in the record books after bowling a total of 99.2 overs -- the most in a single Test in the 21st century -- in the second Test between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan to help his team secure a six wicket series-levelling win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Playing its sixth test match, the Afghans posted 545-4, recording its highest ever total, before captain Asghar Afghan declared the team’s first innings.
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The fine innings 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 it dismissed Zimbabwe for 287 in the first innings and reduced the team to 142-7 in the second after enforcing the follow-on.
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However, Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams, who remained unbeaten on 151, and Donald Tiripano, showed fight to add 187 for the eighth wicket and help Zimbabwe save face by avoiding an innings defeat.
Rashid broke the resistance with his sixth wicket of the innings and 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 was dismissed for 365 in its second innings.
Afghanistan chased the target of 108 fairly easily in its second innings with Rahmat Shah scoring 58 in 76 balls. It lost four wickets on its way to the target with Ryan Burl and Blessing Muzarabani scalped two wickets each.
( With inputs from Reuters)
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