Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan has set a new record in his country’s drubbing of Zimbabwe in the second cricket Test match by six wickets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The spinner also grabbed his second 10-wicket haul in his short career.

Rashid broke Australian leg spinner Shane Warne’s record as he bowled the highest number of overs in a single Test in the 21st century. He surpassed Aussie spin legend’s record of 98 overs in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Rashid ended up bowling 99.2 overs in the Test against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

This is also the most number of overs bowled by a bowler since 1998, when Sri Lankan great Mutiah Muralitharan had bowled 113.5 overs against England at The Oval, the report said.

Rashid bowled 17 maidens in the second innings, and due to his effort, Afghanistan was set a target of 108 runs to win the Test.

Afghanistan, who played their first Test against India in 2018, reached the target in the final session of the match to square the two-match series at 1-1.

The 22-year-old Rashid, who had taken 11 wickets against Bangladesh in 2019, picked up 7-137 in the second innings against Zimbabwe for a match haul of 11-325.

Playing their sixth Test match, the Afghans posted 545-4, their highest ever total, before captain Asghar Afghan declared their first innings.

That 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 they dismissed Zimbabwe for 287 in the first innings and reduced them to 142-7 in the second after enforcing the follow-on.

But Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams, who remained unbeaten on 151, and Donald Tiripano showed fight to add 187 for the eighth wicket and help Zimbabwe avoid an innings defeat.

Rashid broke the resistance with his sixth wicket of the innings and he 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 were dismissed for 365 in their second innings.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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