Rashid Khan joins Imran Khan and Shakib Al Hasan after rare double feat vs Bangladesh

first_imgAfghanistan captain Rashid Khan, on Saturday, became only the 4th cricketer in history to pick up a 5-wicket haul and score more than 50 runs on his captaincy debut. During the ongoing Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram, when Rashid dismissed Bangladesh tailender Nayeem Hasan to wrap up the innings, his figures read 19.5-3-55-5. He had already boosted Afghanistan’s 1st innings total to 342 by scoring a quickfire 51 off 61 balls – an innings which included 3 huge sixes too.Former England captain Sheldon Jackson (1905), Pakistan legend Imran Khan (1982) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (2009) are the only other players to have scored 50-plus runs and take a 5-for on their captaincy debuts.Rashid is now also the youngest captain to achieve the rare double of a 5-for and 50+ in the same Test. At 20 years and 352 days old, the Afghan captain beat the previous record-holder Shakib Al Hasan, who was 22 years and 115 days old when he realized the rare performance in July 2009.This happens to be Rashid Khan’s 2nd 5-wicket haul after his match-winning 5/82 against Ireland in March earlier this year. This was incidentally, Afghanistan’s maiden Test victory and it arrived in only their 2nd match after being granted Test status a couple of years ago.Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test in Chattogram, Rashid’s effort helped Afghanistan bundle out their opponents for 205 in their 1st innings, thereby handing the tourists a hefty 137-run lead. But Afghanistan were in trouble early in their 2nd innings as Shakib removed Ihsanullah (4) and 1st innings centurion Rahmat Shah (0) off successive balls in the very 1st over of the innings. Afghanistan were jolted again in the 15th over when Nayeem Hasan removed Hashmatullah Shahidi (12) to leave the tourists precariously placed at 28/3.advertisementHowever, former captain Asghar Afghan (16*) and opener Ibrahim Zadran (24*) have since avoided further blemishes and took their side safely to Lunch with the score reading 56/3. With a possible 8 sessions still remaining in the game, the chances of a result are pretty high as Afghanistan lead by 193 runs with 7 wickets remaining at Lunch.Also Read | Lasith Malinga takes historic hat-trick after becoming 1st bowler to 100 T20I wicketsAlso Read | I have lost a good friend: Pakistan PM Imran Khan mourns Abdul Qadir’s deathlast_img

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