Hashmatullah Shahidi became the first Afghanistan player to smash a Test double hundred while his team notched up several batting records on a memorable day two of its second and final match against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Playing its sixth Test match, the Afghans racked up 545-4, its highest total ever, before captain Asghar Afghan declared its first innings.
Its previous highest total was 342 when it beat Bangladesh in 2019 to register the first Test victory. The skipper himself hit 164, which was briefly the highest test total by an Afghan batsman until Shahidi eclipsed it.
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The 307-run fourth-wicket stand between them was also the biggest partnership for Afghanistan who played their first test against India in 2018.
Shahidi took a single off Donald Tiripano to bring up his double hundred. He celebrated it…