Afghanistan kick-started their campaign on Indian soil with a dominating 45-run victory over Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun on Sunday evening (June 3) as the spinners Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bagged six wickets in 11 overs to bag victory with still an over to spare. Rashid finished with figures of 3/13, the best among the bowlers, and etched his name on record books.
Heading into the match, Rashid was one wicket shot of reaching a T20I milestone of 50 wickets. And in his very first ball of the evening, he deceived Mushfiqur Rahim to breach the landmark. A flighted delivery and Rahim looked tempted to hit a reverse sweep, but the quicker ball sneaked through and castled against the stumps.
Rashid thus joined an elite group of 18 cricketers who have all surpassed the mark of 50 T20I wickets. The 19-year-old, playing his 31st T20I, however, became the second fastest among the list to reach the milestone. He stands alongside South Africa’s Imran Tahir, behind Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka who had picked up his 50T20I wicket in his 26th match.
However, Rashid scripted world record by becoming the fastest to reach the milestone in terms of time taken. The Afghan lad took exactly two years and 220 days to surpass Saeed Ajmal’s two years and 296 days.
In the delivery right after dismissing Rahim, Rashid got rid off Sabbir Rahman for a duck as the batsman failed to read the googly that struck low into his pads in line with the stumps. Returning for his third over, he picked up his third wicket for the evening by dismissing Mosaddek Hossain off a googly. Rashid, the number-one ranked T20I bowler, now has a total of 51 T20I wickets in 31 matches.