Afghanistan Edge Past Zimbabwe by Five Runs in Twenty20I Thriller

Updated: 09 January 2016 16:29 IST

Chasing 188, set by Afghanistan, to win, Zimbabwe fell just short when Luke Jongwe, needing a six to win, was dismissed off the last ball of the match

Afghanistan Edge Past Zimbabwe by Five Runs in Twenty20I Thriller
Afghanistan cricket team has made rapid strides in international cricket over the past couple of years.

Sharjah:

Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by five runs in a thrilling Twenty20 clash on Friday to follow their triumph in the one-day series. (Scorecard)

Chasing 188 to win, Zimbabwe fell just short when Luke Jongwe, needing a six to win, was dismissed off the last ball of the match. (Afghanistan Enter International Cricket Council Top-10 After Series Win vs Zimbabwe)

It was a controversial finish, however, after Afghanistan seamer Dawlat Zadran was allowed to keep bowling the final over despite having sent down two waist-high full tosses.

Jongwe was caught by Gulbadin Naib out in the deep to leave Zimbabwe on 182-7 in their 20 overs.

Malcolm Waller was the not out batsman on 49 with two sixes and two boundaries off 37 balls. Zadran finished with 3-32 off his four overs.

Afghanistan had won the toss and chose to bat, making 187-7 in their 20 overs.

Usman Ghani top-scored with 42 off 38 balls with a six and five boundaries while man-of-the-match Naib made 37 and Mohammad Shahzad, 33.

Veteran off-spinner Graeme Cremer returned impressive figures of 3-17.

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai defended Zadran's bowling, blaming the last-over beamers on the late-night damp which made it difficult to hold the ball.

"It's a funny game. The dew was too much, that's why the two beamers," Stanikzai told cricinfo.com. "Otherwise he's a good bowler."

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said his team were not happy with some of the officials' decisions.

"Some of the decisions, you can't really control them, but I thought we had a good chance, obviously, if other things went our way, which I can't mention," he said.

The second and final match takes place at the same venue on Sunday.

Topics : Afghanistan Cricket
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