After threatening to destroy the hopes of Afghanistan for the bulk of the final day, rain only relented enough, just in time to allow tourists to pick up the remaining four points from Bangladesh that gave them their maiden foreign test victory. Skipper Rashid Khan, who scored a fast fifty and selected a fifth in the first innings, was once again the guy of the time, winning three out of the last four.
But after play began, Zahir Khan’s first ball to Shakib was the one that spurred the proceedings of the day into practice. He was captured by Zazai, and in their quest for sealing the coveted victory, Afghanistan received new hope.
But just as it looked like Mehidy Hasan’s duo and Soumya Sarkar could put up a strong resistance, Rashid Khan trapped Mehidy right in front of the stumps, and two wickets away from victory were Afghanistan.
Ultimately it was Rashid who took Soumya Sarkar’s wicket, a sharp spin that gave Ibrahim Zadran a short-leg catch, and Afghan players later started wild celebrations across the floor.