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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe T20 Highlights: AFG win by 28 runs

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Afg vs Zim T20I Highlights: A 107-run partnership in 6.4 overs between Najibullah Zadran (69*) and Mohammad Nabi was the difference between the two sides, as Afghanistan posted 197/5 in their 20 overs.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 14, 2019 9:35:26 pm
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs to claim their 8th successive T20I win on Saturday (Source: Twitter/@ZimCricketv)

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe (Afg vs Zim) T20 Highlights: Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday, claiming their eighth successive win in the format. A 107-run partnership in 6.4 overs between Najibullah Zadran (69*) and Mohammad Nabi was the difference between the two sides, as Afghanistan posted 197/5 in their 20 overs. Debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz (43) had given the Asian side the perfect start earlier. Sean Williams (2/16) was the most effective Zimbabwe bowler on display.

Chasing 198 for victory, Zimbabwe were rocked by early wickets. Regis Chakabva (42*) came up with a counter-attack towards the end but it was all too little too late as Afghanistan got their campaign in the tri-series off to an emphatic start.

Match EndedAfghanistan and Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2019 - Match 2

Afghanistan

197/5 (20.0)
vs

Zimbabwe

169/7 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 2 )
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs

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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 1st T20 Highlights:

21:27 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Afghanistan win by 28 runs

That is the end of the match. Afghanistan prevail by 28 runs. It had looked like it would be a much bigger win at one stage. Full credit to the Zimbabwe lower order to ensure that the Dhaka crowd got a good match. They almost came close to putting up a fight towards the end. Regis Chakabva's 22-ball 42 gave the African team some hope for a while. He is the highest scorer from the Zimbabwe side. Rashid Khan's 2/29 the best bowling figures from Afghanistan. This is Afghanistan's 8th successive victory in T20Is.

21:11 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Wicket

Madziva falls after a 11-ball 15. Chakabva, at the other end, has launched a counter-attack. There have been 48 runs in the last 4 overs. it's all too little too late probably though. ZIM 145/7 after 18 ovs

20:54 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Burl falls

Ryan Burl falls as well and with him go Zimbabwe's flickering hopes of getting anything out of this match.  That's Rashid Khan's 2nd wicket. Two balls later, Rashid Khan claims his 3rd wicket! Madziva is out for a duck. Zimbabwe are tottering at 96/7 after 13.5 overs. They need 102 runs from 37 balls and it would seem the rest of this match is nothing more than a formality from here on.

20:47 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Wicket

That's the end of that laboured partnership. Zimbabwe do not look like they have amny hope remaining of chasing this one down. They need 116 runs from 45 balls. The required run rate is more than 15. Ryan Burl, who played a blinder yesterday, and Regis Chakabva are in the middle. ZIM 81/5 after 12 ovs

20:35 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Slump in run rate

The match is getting out of Zimbabwe's grasp now. Rashid Khan has just been brought on - he gets Ryan Burl lbw in his first over, but then a review overturns the decision - and Zimbabwe are batting at a run rate that has gone down below 6. A massive 139 runs are neded in the last 10 overs. ZIM 59/4 after 10 ovs

20:21 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Wicket

Craig Ervine falls. Like yesterday, it is Burl and Mutumbodzi who have to rescue this Zimbabwe batting essay. Burl was great yesterday, you suspect the task at hand is a bridge too far today though. ZIM 47/4 after 7 ovs. Need 151 runs to win off 78 balls.

20:19 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Consolidation

Like in the first innings, a flurry of wickets has forced the batting side to try and gather their wits about them once again. Craig Ervine and Mutumbodzi are in the middle, playing in a no-risk mode, as they try to provide a platform for a final flurry at the end of this innings. However, the flourish that came at the end of the Afghan innings will be hard to match. ZIM 42/3 after 6 ovs

20:09 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Fareed Malik rocks Zim

After that aggressive start, Zimbabwe have been rocked in the third over of their innings. Fareed Malik gets Brendan Taylor out first. Like yesterday, Taylor can only get a top edge to go up awkwardly. Two balls later, another senior pro, Sean Williams, is out to a thick edge. Zimbabwe suddenly find themselves in a lot of trouble. ZIM 32/3 after 4.3 ovs

19:58 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Brendan Taylor fires Zimbabwe chase off

It was Gurbaz in the first innings, and it is Brendan Taylor in this second innings. Zimbabwe get off to a rollicking start as well. Smashes Mujeeb for back-to-back sixes. But then Masakadza is run out cheaply. The pressure of chasing a big target was going to tell sooner or later. Sooner, as it turns out. The first wicket falls in the 3rd over. ZIM 25/1 after 2.5 ovs

19:38 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Zimbabwe post 197/5

That's the end of the innings. There's a wicket off the last ball. Nabi is out, Zadran stays unbeaten. What an unbelievable last 5 overs or so we have had today. Zadran's 69* the highest score of the match so far. The 51 runs off 2 overs that Zadran and Nabi got - with seven consecutive sixes - has turned this innings on its head. Can Zimbabwe chase down 198?

19:24 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Carnage in Dhaka!

Seven sixes in a row! Nabi hits Chatara for four consecutive sixes. The next over, as Jarvis bowls, Najibullah Zadran hits the first three balls for three consecutive sixes. 42 runs in 7 balls. Wow! What a match-changing spell this is. AFG 174/4 after 18 ovs

And that's a 22-ball 50 for Zadran. That has come up in no time! Zimbabwe cannot believe what they have been hit with! They looked to have things under control a couple of overs ago. There have been 77 runs in the last 4 overs! 

19:15 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Najibullah punishes Jarvis

Jarvis, after being so impressive yesterday, is going for a lot of runs today. It was Gurbaz who was punishing him in the first powerplay. Now it is Zadran who is picking him out for special attention. He has gone for 38 runs in his three overs so far. AFG 123/4 after 16 ovs

19:04 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Asghar out

Asghar Afghan, the other batsman who has been in the middle for a long time without adding too much to the score, is next to go. He is out for a 16-ball 14. Nabi comes in to join Zadran. Zadran is not holding back though. Hits Ndlovu for a four and then a six. That breaks the momentum of this innings a bit. AFG 101/4 after 14 ovs

18:56 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Sean Williams finishes his overs

Sean Williams finishes his quota of overs for the day. 2/16 in his 4 overs. Has been at the centre of this middle period of the Afghanistan innings, the period when the score has slumped. Afghanistan will be hoping they can finish off the good work starting by Gurbaz at the top of the order. AFG 84/3 after 12.3 ovs

18:52 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Third wicket

There's a wicket at the end of that slow partnership. Tarakai the man to depart after a 19-ball 14. Sean Williams gets his second wicket. There hasn't been a boundary hit in the last 4 overs. Najibullah Zadran joins Asghar Afghan. AFG 80/3 after 11.4 ovs

18:45 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Consolidation

The Afghanistan innings seems to have found an equilibrium. After that slash-and-burn approach by Gurbaz in the opening powerplay, Tarakai and Asghar Afghan are concentrating on oving the score along in singles. AFG 75/2 after 10 ovs

18:35 (IST)14 Sep 2019
OUT

That's a jinx! Gurbaz is out. He goes for a 24-ball 43. That's what pressure does. Afghanistan had been scoring freely till now. There had just been 2 runs off the 7th over, bowled by Sean Williams. Gurbaz, playing the last ball of the over, may have been under a bit of pressure to make the ball count. He fails to connect and Afghanistan lose the wicket of their set batsman. AFG 60/2 after 7 ovs

18:33 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Tale of debutaants

It has been a tale of debutants shining in this match so far. Ndlovu for Zimbabwe was the most effective from the bowling side. The biggest cheers for the day have been reserved for Afghanistan's debutant though - Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Gurbaz is nearing his 50 on debut, and what a 50 it will be. New man Tarakai is now taking his time to get his eye in. AFG 60/1 after 6.5 ovs

18:27 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Zazai is out

Zazai's laboured stay comes to an end. That's the first wicket of the match. Chatara gets the breakthrough. The danger man is still there though. Gurbaz has scored 41 off 20 balls, the bulk of the runs scored so far, and Zimbabwe will be hoping they can see his back soon. AFG 57/1 after 5.4 ovs

18:24 (IST)14 Sep 2019
Zazai gets in on the action

Zazai hits Sean Williams for a six. That is his first boundary of the day. Gurbaz, at the other end, has been going bonkers at the other end, meanwhile. 5 fours and 2 sixes for him already. Zimbabwe are being taken apart by the Afghan openers. The run rate climbs above 10 for the first time. AFG 57/0 after 5.3 ovs

Teams:

Afghanistan (From): Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq(w), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan(c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik, Fazal Niazai, Shahidullah Kamal, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Zimbabwe (From): Brendan Taylor(w), Hamilton Masakadza(c), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Ryan Burl, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Kyle Jarvis, Neville Madziva, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Ainsley Ndlovu, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva

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