Afghanistan win 2nd Test despite Zimbabwe's stunning comeback: Records broken

Parth Dhall
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Afghanistan win 2nd Test despite Zimbabwe
Afghanistan win 2nd Test despite Zimbabwe

14 Mar 2021: Afghanistan win 2nd Test despite Zimbabwe's stunning comeback: Records broken

Afghanistan have won the second Test against Zimbabwe by six wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

They chased down 108 runs on the final day, thereby completing a comeback in the series.

Zimbabwe too avoided an innings defeat after receiving a follow-on.

With this, the two-match Test series ended in a 1-1 draw after Zimbabwe won the series opener.

Here are the records broken.

Match: How did the match pan out?

After opting to bat, Afghanistan put up 545/4d, with Hashmatullah Shahidi firing an incredible double-century (200*).

Afghanistan then bowled out Zimbabwe for 287, thereby enforcing a follow-on.

Although Zimbabwe were reduced 142/7 in the second innings, skipper Sean Williams (151*) and Donald Tiripano (95) gave them the lead.

As Zimbabwe's innings ended on 365, Afghanistan completed the run-chase (108/4) with ease.

Williams: Fourth Test ton for Williams

Captain Williams played a stellar knock to avoid an innings defeat for Zimbabwe in the Test.

The 34-year-old led from the front as Zimbabwe took the lead eventually.

He raced to his fourth century in Test cricket. Notably, Williams fired a ton in his third consecutive Test.

His recent Test scores read as - 107, 53*, 105, 8 and 151*.

Tiripano: Highest score by a number nine Zimbabwe batsman

If Williams led from the front, tail-ender Tiripano showcased terrific resistance, and fought till the end.

He managed to score 95 off 258 deliveries, a knock that was laced with 16 fours.

Although Tiripano fell short of what could have been an incredible Test ton, he went on to register the highest score for a number nine Zimbabwe batsman.

Fact: Williams and Tiripano added 187 runs between them

Williams and Tiripano shared a 187-run stand to brush aside an innings defeat. This is now the longest partnership by a Zimbabwean pair (in terms of balls faced) for any wicket since Staurt Carlisle and Trevor Gripper (487 balls against Sri Lanka, 2002).

Rashid: Records broken by magnificent Rashid

After taking four wickets in the first innings, leg-spinner Rashid Khan dominated the Zimbabwe batsmen in the latter half too (five-for).

Playing only his fifth Test, he took his fourth five-wicket haul in the format.

Rashid also completed his second ten-for, registering figures of 11/275 in the match.

Interestingly, he bowled 99.2 overs in the match, most by a bowler in the 21st century.

Duo: Shahidi, Afghan script these records for Afghanistan

In the first innings, Shahidi became the first player from Afghanistan to hit a double-century in Test cricket.

His unbeaten 200 (443) was studded with 21 fours and 1 six.

Also, skipper Asghar Afghan became the first Afghanistan batsman to cross the 150-run mark in the format (164).

The duo added 307 runs between them, Afghanistan's first 300-run partnership (Test cricket).