Rashid Khan led from the front with 11 scalps in the game
After threatening to kill Afghanistan's hopes for the major part of the final day, rain relented just enough, just in time to allow the visitors pick up the remaining four Bangladesh wickets that gave them their maiden overseas Test win. Skipper Rashid Khan, who had scored a rapid fifty and picked a five-fer in the first innings, was the man of the moment once again, picking three of the last four wickets, to give teammate Mohammad Nabi a memorable send-off in his farewell Test.
Having already cut short Afghanistan's charge on the fourth evening, rain came to Bangladesh's rescue on the fifth morning as well in Chattogram, with not even a single delivery being bowled in the first session. And when play did finally get underway at 1:00 PM local time, Bangladesh had to bat only 13 deliveries before the heavens opened again, to add to Afghanistan's frustration. The last thing Test cricket's newest entrants needed was a damp end to a game that they had completely dominated. In the end, play did restart at 4.20 PM local time with a minimum of 19 overs scheduled to be bowled.
To Bangladesh's horror, Shakib Al Hasan fell first ball after resumption as he attempted to cut Zahir Khan, only managing to get an outside edge. With all fielders closing in, Soumya Sarkar made use of the situation and fetched a couple of boundaries but the real focus was on batting out time. Mehidy Hasan was then given a reprieve when Hashmatullah Shahidi failed to hold onto a tough chance at short leg. But the disappointment didn't last long though as Rashid stepped up to get rid of Mehidy with a googly that trapped him leg-before-wicket.
With two left-handers out in the middle, Nabi was introduced into the attack but it was Rashid who continued to dent the hosts. The rub of the green though went in the favour of the visitors as Taijul Islam clearly got an inside edge onto the pad which was not noticed by the umpire who adjudged the batsman leg-before-wicket. With the hosts having no reviews left, Afghanistan moved a step closer to victory.
With just five overs of play left, Sarkar made a massive error in judgement when he took a single off the second ball of an over, holding his head in disappointment while completing the run. Even though last-man Nayeem Hasan managed to keep out the next four balls, Rashid completed the formalities in the very next over when Sarkar inside-edged one to the short leg fielder to give Rashid his 11th wicket in the game. A 224-run win in Bangladesh's own backyard, in what was just their third ever Test match, is indeed a massive statement.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 342 (Rahmat Shah 102; Taijul Islam 4-116) & 260 (Ibrahim Zadran 87; Shakib Al Hasan 3-58) beat Bangladesh 205 (Mominul Haque 52; Rashid Khan 5-55) & 173 (Shakib Al Hasan 44; Rashid Khan 6-49) by 224 runs