While his bowling performances thus far have been inconsistent and haven't reflected his no. 1 ranking in the ODI and T20 formats, Khan insisted that the pressure of captaincy had not weighed him down. "I didn't feel any pressure when I was captaining and bowling," he said. "I just enjoy myself, whether I'm captain or not captain. I just try my best to enjoy myself." Rashid was introduced to the attack fairly late after UAE won the toss and decided to bat, but he quickly made an impact.
.@rashidkhan_19 speaks to the media after helping Afghanistan beat the UAE by five wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 match on Tuesday. #CWCQ #RoadtoCWC19 pic.twitter.com/pxHVwWhQqkMarch 20, 2018
He had opener Chirag Suri caught behind for a gritty 22, and then removed Mohammad Usman lbw as UAE slipped to 84 for five. Shaiman Anwar and Mohammad Naveed inspired a UAE fightback, but Khan returned to the attack to dismiss both men, adding the final wicket of no. 11 Qadeer Ahmed to complete his five-wicket haul. Should he reach 100 wickets within his next nine matches he will become the quickest bowler in the history of the game to the landmark, beating Australia's Mitchell Starc. While Khan led Afghanistan's bowling effort, it was Naib and Najibullah who secured their win with the bat after a top-order collapse had seen them slip to 54 for five.
Afghanistan stay in the race for a spot at #CWC19! Rashid Khan's five-for and half-centuries from Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran secured a 5 wicket win against the UAE.#UAEvAFG REPORT ➡️ https://t.co/9HM6Bm43yA pic.twitter.com/dgWXjif29w— ICC (@ICC) March 20, 2018
The winner of Wednesday’s match between the Windies and Scotland will qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2019 and if Zimbabwe beat UAE on Thursday, then they will claim the second qualifying spot. https://t.co/6xrg3a703J #cricket @icc— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) March 20, 2018