Hashmatullah Shahidi has become the first Afghanistan player to post a Test match double hundred. Afghan team notched up several batting records on a memorable day two of their second and final match against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The afghans racked up 4-545, their highest total ever on Thursday before captain Asghar declared their first innings.
Afghanistan’s previous highest total had been 342 when they beat Bangladesh in 2019 to register their first Test victory.
The fourth-wicket partnership was the biggest partnership 307-run for Afghanistan who played their Test against India in 2018.
Shahidi took a single off Donald Tiripano to bring up his double hundred and celebrated it with a roar.
His teammates gave him a standing ovation and Zimbabwe players also walked up to him to offer congratulations.
Shahidi faced 443 balls and hit 21 fours and a six, and he batted 10 minutes short of 10 hours, a monumental innings of patience and dedication.
Australia, who currently have no scheduled Test engagements, could face the Afghans in their next Test match.
Afghanistan had been scheduled to play a one-off Test against Tim Paine’s side before the series against India, but that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to be played ahead of next summer’s Ashes series.
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