Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe (AFG vs ZIM) 5th T20 Highlights: Hamilton Masakadza retires from international cricket in style with a win over Afghanistan in their final game of the tournament. Zimbabwe end Afghanistan’s 12-match winning streak beating them by seven wickets with three balls to spare. Masakadza’s record-breaking 71 and useful contributions from Regis Chakabwa (39), Sean Williams (21*), Brendan Taylor (19) help Zimbabwe chase down 156 with ease.
Earlier, Rashid Khan won the toss and elected to bat first. Afghanistan got off to a flier. Debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a 47-ball 61 and became the first Afghanistan player to score a half-century on T20I debut. Gurbaz shared a 83-run stand for the first wicket with Hazratullah Zazai (31). Zimbabwe bowlers made a comeback restricting Afghanistan to 155 for 8 in the first innings. Chris Mpofu registered his best bowling figures, 4 for 30. Mpofu’s bowling figures are second-best for Zimbabwe in T20I cricket.
Bangladesh Tri-Nation T20I Series, 2019Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram 19 October 2019
Afghanistan 155/8 (20.0)
Zimbabwe 156/3 (19.3)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 5 ) Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets
Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 5th T20 Highlights:
Perfect farewell for Masakadza
Hamilton Masakadza-led Zimbabwe end Afghanistan's winning streak in T20I cricket. His record-breaking 71 in the farewell game helps Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by seven wickets with three balls to spare. Afghanistan reach the final of the tri-nation series. Zimbabwe sign off with a win.
Mujeeb Zadran comes back into the attack and takes the big wicket. Regis Chakabwa departs for 39. ZIM - 139/3 in 17.1 overs
Regis Chakabwa has paced his innings well. Chakabva knocked the ball around for singles when Masakadza was around. He is accelerating now. A six from Mohammad Nabi's over. Zimbabwe in control of the run chase. ZIM - 130/2 in 16 overs, need 26 runs from 24 balls
Maskadza's innings ends
Hamilton Masakadza's innings comes to an end. The Zimbabwe skipper retires from international cricket with 71 to his name. Afghanistan players congratulate Masakadza as he leaves the field. ZIM - 110/2 in 13 overs, Target - 156
Hamilton Masakadza is not sparing anyone, not even Rashid Khan. Masakadza moves to 70 from 38 deliveries. He has hit five sixes already. Zimbabwe need 48 runs from 48 balls now. ZIM - 108/1 in 12 overs
Hamilton Masakadza reaches his half-century in just 27 deliveries. Masakadza's 11th half-century in T20Is. He is playing a captain's knock leading the run chase from the front. ZIM - 79/1 in 9 overs
Hamilton Masakadza is leading Zimbabwe's run chase. Masakadza is batting on 31 from 19 deliveries. Chakabva is taking his time. The required run rate is under control. ZIM - 54/1 in 7 overs
Taylor-Masakadza off to a solid start
Brendon Taylor surprises Mujeeb Ur Rahman by hitting him for a four and a six to start off the innings. In the second over, Hamilton Masakadza hits a huge six. Zimbabwe are off to a good start in this run chase. ZIM - 26/0 in 3 overs
Masakadza receives' 'Guard of honour'
Zimbabwe players give Hamilton Masakadza a 'guard of honour' in his final innings in international cricket. The stage is set for the Zimbabwe skipper to retire in style as they need 156 runs to win the match.
#5thT20I | INNINGS BREAK: @ACBofficials 155-8 in 20 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 61, Hazratullah Zazai 31, Shafiqullah 16; Chris Mpofu 4/30, Tino Mutombodzi 2/18, Kyle Jarvis 1/27) #ZIMvAFG pic.twitter.com/APxsOArEVx— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) September 20, 2019
End of first innings
Wonderful comeback from Zimbabwe bowlers. From 83 for no loss to 155 for 8, Zimbabwe bowlers made up for the faulty bowling in the powerplay overs. Chris Mpofu registered his best bowling figures in T20I cricket and second-best for Zimbabwe. Mpofu finished with 4 for 30. Zimbabwe need 156 runs to win.
Asghar Afghan departs for a golden duck. Chris Mpofu gets his fourth wicket of the match. Rashid Khan on strike on the last ball of the innings. AFG - 155/8 in 19.5 overs
Another wicket down, another desperate slog ends up in the hands of outfield batsman. Chris Mpofu gets his third wicket of the match. AFG - 154/7 in 19.3 overs
Gulbadin Naib gets out trying to clear the deep mid-wicket fielder. Naib departs for 10. Kyle Jarvis gets his first wicket of the day. AFG - 140/6 in 18.3 overs
Najibullah Zadran departs for a single-digit score. Mutombodzi gets his second wicket. This a brilliant comeback from Zimbabwe bowlers. AFG - 124/5 in 15.3 overs
Mohammad Nabi tries to pull Chris Mpofu's short delivery but the top-edge carries to fine leg fielder Kyle Jarvis. Nabi departs for 4, Mpofu gets his second wicket. AFG - 121/4 in 14.5 overs
Rahmanullah Gurbaz departs for 61 runs from 47 deliveries. Sean Williams gets the wicket of the debutant. AFG - 116/3 in 14 overs
Shafiqullah departs for 16. The Afghan batsman was plump but he opted for DRS straight away. Chris Mpofu gets the wicket. AFG - 107/2 in 13 overs
Rahmanullah Gurbaz reaches his half-century from 40 deliveries. Rahmanullah becomes the first Afghanistan batsman to score a half-century on T20I debut.
Shafiqullah Shafiq is taking on the bowlers right from the start. Rahmanullah is just one run away from his half-century. AFG - 100/1 in 12 overs
Hazratullah Zazai's innings comes to an end. A top-edge off his bat carries to the short third-man fielder. Tinotenda Mutombodzi gets the first wicket for Zimbabwe. AFG - 83/1 in 9.3 overs
The Afghanistan openers are blasting Zimbabwe bowlers for fours and sixes. Rahmanullah is in his 40s now. AFG - 75/0 in 8 overs
End of powerplay overs
Good comeback from Kyle Jarvis. Just five runs from the over despite the no ball. However, the on-field umpire made a mistake by calling that a no ball as the tv replays suggest. AFG - 55/0 in 6 overs
Ideal start for Afghanistan. After the first over in which just two runs were scored, everything has gone Afghanistan's way. Hazratullah Zazai has scored 20, Rahamanullah Gurbaz is batting on 26. AFG - 50/0 in 5 overs
Zazai takes on Mpofu
Afghanistan are off to a flier. Three boundaries from Chirs Mpofu's first over. The current rate is 9.5 runs per over. AFG - 38/0 in 4 overs
Hazratullah Zazai gets off the mark with a maximum. 14 runs off the second over. Poor start for Kyle Jarvis with the new ball. AFG - 16/0 in 2 overs
Good start from Zimbabwe
Left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu starts the proceedings for Zimbabwe. Just a couple of runs from the over as Rahmanullah Gurbaz struggles to time the ball. AFG - 2/0 in 1 over
Hamilton Masakadza's last game
"Bittersweet that we can't make the final. Obviously my last game and it would have been nice if we could have done it. Boys are raring to go. We need to build on a few things going forward. We've never beaten Afghanistan in a T20 game, so that's one thing to correct," Hamilton Masakadza at the toss.
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Fazal Niazai, Rashid Khan(c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor(w), Hamilton Masakadza(c), Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Chris Mpofu
Hello and welcome to Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe T20 live blog. Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan has won the toss and elected to bat first.