In the 2nd Test match against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan scored a humongous 545/4 (decl.). Middle-order batsmen Hasmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan stitched a record-breaking partnership of 307 runs, which helped Afghanistan in reaching the mammoth total.
Let us look at some of the numbers achieved in this 2nd Test:
200 – Hasmatullah Shahidi became the first Afghanistan player to score 200 in Tests. However, it’s also interesting to note that the last three Asian players (H.Shahidi, M.Rahim and A.Mathews) who scored 200 in Tests, all got it against the same team- Zimbabwe.
307 – Hasmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan became only the 4th pair to register 300+ run partnership for the 4th wicket in Tests on Asian soil.
Highest ever 4th wicket partnership on Asian soil
M.Jayawardene & T.Samaraweera – 437 vs Pak, 2009 in Karachi
Kohli & Rahane – 365 vs NZ, 2016 in Indore
J.Gillespie & M.Hussey – 320 vs Ban, 2006 in Chattogram
Asghar Afghan & H.Shahidi – 307 vs Zim, 2021 in Abu Dhabi*
545 – Afghanisthan’s Test total of 545 is 3rd highest total for an Asian team while batting first against Zimbabwe. Afghanisthan registered their maiden 500+ Test total in their 6th Test match itself.
Highest test total vs Zimbabwe in Tests for an Asian team while batting first
Ind – 609/6(decl.) in Nagpur, 2000
SL – 586/6(decl.) in Colombo, 2001
Afg – 545/4(decl.) in Abu Dhabi, 2021*
100 – Asghar Afghan with a century yesterday became the first and only Afghanistan captain to have a century in both Tests and ODIs.
2 – Only for the 2nd time in UAE, a 300+ run partnership was witnessed in Test cricket.
300+ run partnerships in UAE
Graeme Smith & AB de Villiers – 338 vs Pak, 2013
Asghar Afghan & Hasmatullah Shahidi – 307 vs Zim, 2021