Hashmatullah Shahidi (200 not out) and captain Asghar Afghan’s (164) historic knocks put Afghanistan comfortably in the driver’s seat on Day 2 of the second Test against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Thursday.
Zimbabwe ended the day on 50/0 after Afghanistan declared on a mammoth 545/4 after Shahidi became the first from his country to score a Test double century.
Afghan and Shahidi posted a partnership of 307 runs for the fourth wicket. Afghan’s 164 was momentarily the highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in Test cricket before Shahidi overtook him.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 545/4 declared (Hashmatullah Shahidi 200 not out, Asghar Afghan 164, Ibrahim Zadran 72) vs Zimbabwe 50/0 (Prince Masvaure 29 batting, Kevin Kasuza 14 batting)