Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Sunday created the record for bowling the most number of overs in a single Test in the 21st century.
The spinner bowled a total of 99.2 overs in the second Test between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Rashid Khan bowled 596 balls in the match.
This is the most number of overs bowled by a bowler in a Test since 1998. In 1998, Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan had bowled 113.5 overs (683 balls) against England at The Oval.
In the first innings against Zimbabwe, Rashid returned with the figures of 4-138 from 36.3 overs while in the second innings, the spinners bowled 62.5 overs. The second innings saw Rashid Khan at his best as he returned with seven wickets and conceded 137 runs.
There were five Lbw dismissals for Rashid in Zimbabwe’s second innings, the joint-highest by a bowler in an innings. Six other players have managed to achieve this feat, with Saeed Ajmal against England in 2012 in Dubai being the most recent one.
The spinner bowled a total of 17 maidens in the second innings and due to this effort, Afghanistan had to chase the target of only 108 runs to win the second Test.
Afghanistan managed to chase with six wickets in hand and ended up drawing the series 1-1.