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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test Commentary, Live Updates

AFG vs ZIM, 2021 - Test Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
545/4d&108/4 (26.1)
287&365
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Right then, honours shared in the Test series and now the two teams will get ready to play the 3-match T20I series. The first match is on Wednesday, 17th March 2021 at 1400 local (1000 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Asghar Afghan, the captain of Afghanistan, says they learnt a lot from the first game and they managed to come back strongly. Praises Hashmatullah Shahidi for his outstanding knock and regarding his own batting, Asghar replies that he tried to play his natural game and it went well. Shares that they were disappointed after the first Test but adds that they are still new in this format and learning. He credits Rashid Khan for the way he bowled despite being not fully fit.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES IS SEAN WILLIAMS! The Zimbabwean skipper says it was a fantastic series and winning the first Test in two days was a remarkable thing. Mentions that they were on the back foot on the first two days of the second Test but gives credit to his boys for fighting hard. Shares that the chat in the dressing room was to just bat and not think about anything else. He adds that to play the time out of the game was their plan. Feels that they missed out on winning the series by just 60 minutes. Informs that they have a few new players coming in for T20Is and they are excited to have them. Hopes to get a different pitch for the shorter formats.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH IS HASHMATULLAH SHAHIDI! Says that it was tough for him in the first Test but thanks the coaching staff for believing in him. Adds that he spent time in the middle and that's why he managed to get a big score. Calls it a big achievement for himself to get a double century. Wants to take more responsibility as a senior player and tells that he will try to repeat a similar performance in future as well.
It was a tough wicket to bowl on, especially on the first two days. The African bowlers struggled for any assistance on a batting paradise as the Afghan batsmen feasted on them. As the day progressed, there was some turn on offer and the spinners from Afghanistan joined the party. It was more of a team effort in the first innings by them as Rashid Khan got partners to support him. In the second innings though, the Afghan maestro did the bulk of the damage and finished with 11 wickets in the match. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Zimbabwe responded with a good start in their first innings with the bat but the middle order failed to stand up, barring Sikandar Raza. They were asked to follow-on by Afghanistan and the picture didn't change much for them as this time around the top order also failed to add runs, although they managed to spend some time in the middle. It could have been game over for them on Day 4 itself but Sean Williams once again led from the front with a refreshing century and his valuable partnership with Donald Tiripano pushed the Test match into the final day. The pair continued their marathon alliance this morning as well and got the record for the best 8th wicket stand in Tests for Zimbabwe (187 runs). He eventually was left stranded on 151 as his team got bundled out, setting a target of 108 runs.
End of a fantastic Test match! Unlike the first one, it was a batting bonanza. Afghanistan left the disappointment of an embarrassing batting show behind and put up a gigantic total in the first innings. It was a total effort from the top half of their batting unit. Ibrahim Zadran was exceptional as he continued his good form and then there were a couple of historic moments - A triple-century stand between Asghar Afghan and Hashmatullah Shahidi, and then the maiden Test double hundred for an Afghanistan batsman as the latter etched his name in history.
A comfortable win in the end for Afghanistan! There were a few hiccups after the Tea break but their victory was never in question. Rahmat Shah upped his scoring rate in the evening session and scored briskly to hit a half-century. All in all, a target of 108 is achieved without much discomfort.
End Of The Over 26.1 : 108/4
1 Runs
  • 126.1
N. Jamal
4 (6)
H. Shahidi
6 (3)
B. Muzarabani
9.1-1-25-2
26.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Nasir Jamal
THERE IT IS! Jamal hits the winning run! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
End Of The Over 26 : 107/4
13 Runs
  • 125.1
  • 625.2
  • W25.3
  • 225.4
  • 025.5
  • 425.6
H. Shahidi
6 (3)
N. Jamal
3 (5)
R. Burl
4-1-16-2
25.6
4
Ryan Burl To Hashmatullah Shahidi
FOUR! SCORES LEVEL! Shahidi brings out the slog sweep, it is with the turn. He drags it from outside off and over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
25.5
0
Ryan Burl To Hashmatullah Shahidi
Tosses it up on off, Shahidi defends it.
25.4
2
Ryan Burl To Hashmatullah Shahidi
Off the mark straightaway! On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side for two.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, the double ton scorer walks out to bat!
25.3
W
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah OUT!
OUT! TIMBER! Six and out for Shah! Burl gets another wicket! Shorter and on middle, this one stays low as it skids on off the surface. Shah looks to whip it on the leg side by going on the back foot but misses and the stumps are shattered. You cannot do that on a Day 5 pitch.
25.2
6
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
SIX! Finally some sign on intent! Shah comes down the track, he does not get to the pitch of it but still hits it over the long off fence for a biggie. Just 7 runs away now.
25.1
1
Ryan Burl To Nasir Jamal
Tossed up on off, pushed off the front foot to point for a single.
End Of The Over 25 : 94/3
1 Runs
  • 024.1
  • 124.2
  • 024.3
  • 024.4
  • 024.5
  • 024.6
R. Shah
52 (74)
N. Jamal
2 (4)
B. Muzarabani
9-1-24-2
24.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Swing and a miss! Short again and down the leg side again. Shah swings but misses again.
24.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
One more short one, Shah mistimes his pull towards square leg.
24.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
One more short one, Shah hops and nudges it to short leg.
24.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Another short one and down the leg side, left alone.
24.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Nasir Jamal
Shorter and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.
24.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Nasir Jamal
A huge, huge shout but the umpire signals that it is off the elbow! A nasty short one, Jamal is taken by surprise. He looks to move out of the way but is late. It hits the arm and lobs towards leg gully. Sikandar Raza comes running in from backward square leg, catches it, they appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. Off the elbow, the replays back Aleem Dar.
End Of The Over 24 : 93/3
0 Runs
  • 023.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 023.4
  • 023.5
  • 023.6
R. Shah
52 (70)
N. Jamal
1 (2)
R. Burl
3-1-3-1
23.6
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Quicker and on middle, Shah keeps it out. A maiden.
23.5
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Flatter and on middle, Rahmat pushes it to mid on.
23.4
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Shah steps out and strokes it back to the bowler.
23.3
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
One more dot! Loopy ball on off, it is hit to covers.
23.2
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Quicker and on middle, Shah pushes it to covers.
23.1
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
On middle, this is pushed to mid on.
End Of The Over 23 : 93/3
3 Runs
  • 122.1
  • 022.2
  • W22.3
  • 022.4
  • 122.5
  • 122.6
R. Shah
52 (64)
N. Jamal
1 (2)
B. Muzarabani
8-1-23-2
22.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
22.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Nasir Jamal
Shorter and around off, Jamal pushes it through covers for one more.
22.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Nasir Jamal
On off, it is pushed to covers.
Nasir Jamal is the new man in!
22.3
W
Blessing Muzarabani To Shahidullah Kamal OUT!
OUT! Laughter all around, this is a very funny dismissal. Blessing gets some blessings of God! Shahidullah walks off with a smile because that is all he can do now. He has fallen in such an unfortunate manner. Muzarabani does not care though as he strikes in the first over of his new spell. This is a slower short ball. Kamal looks to pull but is a touch early into the shot. It goes uppishly to short leg where Kevin Kasuza takes his head down but the ball hits his palms, bounces up and then he catches it. Even he didn't know that the ball will get planted into his hands as he was taking evasive action.
22.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Shahidullah Kamal
A short one, this does not bounce a lot. Shahdullah lets it go over him.
22.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
Blessing Muzarabani is back on now! 1 for 20 so far in this innings.
End Of The Over 22 : 90/2
1 Runs
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • W21.3
  • 021.4
  • 121.5
  • 021.6
S. Kamal
0 (1)
R. Shah
50 (62)
R. Burl
2-0-3-1
21.6
0
Ryan Burl To Shahidullah Kamal
Outside off, left alone. A successful over for the leggie.
21.5
1
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Fifty for Shah! A very classy knock! Yes, there was not a lot of pressure on him but it is still a good knock. He gets there by working this through mid-wicket for one.
21.4
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Almost another one! This is quicker and outside off, just outside off. Shah looks to cut but misses.
Shahidullah Kamal walks out to bat!
21.3
W
Ryan Burl To Ibrahim Zadran OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Something to smile about for Burl! He has had a poor Test match but this would make him happy, just a little though. It is tossed up, enticing the batter to go for a biggie. Zadran looks to go downtown but ends up slicing it towards mid off. Musakanda takes a good catch moving backwards. A very well-judged catch. 19 needed more.
21.2
0
Ryan Burl To Ibrahim Zadran
On middle, Zadran defends it nicely.
21.1
0
Ryan Burl To Ibrahim Zadran
Tossed up on off, Zadran pushes it to covers.
End Of The Over 21 : 89/1
4 Runs
  • 120.1
  • 020.2
  • 220.3
  • 020.4
  • 020.5
  • 120.6
I. Zadran
29 (62)
R. Shah
49 (60)
D. Tiripano
4-0-17-0
20.6
1
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
A single to end as this is hit through square leg. It was on his hip, Ibrahim did hit it uppishly but in the gap. Just 19 needed now.
20.5
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Down the leg side, Zadran does not play at it.
20.4
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Shortish again, this is pulled to square leg.
20.3
2
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket. Two is the call and they do get it.
20.2
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
On off, defended.
20.1
1
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Shorter and on the body, this is pulled towards Raza at backward square leg. He misfields and a run is taken.
End Of The Over 20 : 85/1
2 Runs
  • 019.1
  • 119.2
  • 019.3
  • 019.4
  • 019.5
  • 119.6
R. Shah
48 (59)
I. Zadran
26 (57)
R. Burl
1-0-2-0
19.6
1
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
This is tossed up nicely and outside off, it is hit through covers for one. Shah moves onto 49.
19.5
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
This one stays low! It lands on off and then does not bounce a lot. Shah looks to push it on the off side but it hits the bottom edge and goes to the right of the bowler.
19.4
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Shah comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. Blocked.
19.3
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmat Shah
Flatter and on off, defended.
19.2
1
Ryan Burl To Ibrahim Zadran
On middle, this is pushed down to long off for one.
Ryan Burl to bowl his leggies.
19.1
0
Ryan Burl To Ibrahim Zadran
On middle, this is defended.
End Of The Over 19 : 83/1
4 Runs
  • 018.1
  • 018.2
  • 1 NB18.3
  • 218.3
  • 018.4
  • 118.5
  • 018.6
R. Shah
47 (55)
I. Zadran
25 (55)
D. Tiripano
3-0-13-0
18.6
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
A bouncer to finish the over, it's on middle, Rahmat shapes up to pull but then lets it be.
18.5
1
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Shorter delivery on off, it's pulled down to fine leg where the fielder makes no mistake on this occasion. A single taken. 25 needed more.
18.4
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Back of a length ball sliding down the leg side, Zadran fails to get any bat on it.
18.3
2
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Digs in a short ball on middle, Ibrahim turns inside the crease and eases his pull shot down to fine leg. They cross for a run, the fielder fumbles and another run is taken.
18.3
nb
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Good length ball on off, shaping back in, Zadran punches it from the back foot to mid on. It's called a no ball for overstepping.
18.2
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Action replay of the previous delivery. Donald is trying hard to persist with his short ball ploy but is yet to get his line right.
18.1
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Short in length and angling down the leg side, Ibrahim stays on the back foot and allows it through.
End Of The Over 18 : 79/1
12 Runs
  • 017.1
  • 017.2
  • 417.3
  • 017.4
  • 417.5
  • 417.6
R. Shah
47 (54)
I. Zadran
22 (49)
S. Williams
3-0-18-0
17.6
4
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Another cut shot and another boundary! Third in the over and the runs needed below 30. Shortish and outside off, Shah waits for it and then slaps it through point. It races away.
17.5
4
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Once again through the off side. The second boundary in the over. Just the 33 needed and Shah moves onto 43. Another short one, on off, this is cut through point.
17.4
0
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
Floats it up on middle, Shah lunges and keeps it out.
17.3
4
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Risky stroke but it comes off! This is angled into the off pole line, it is shorter. Shah hangs back and cuts, it goes through point and races away to the fence.
17.2
0
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
Flatter and on middle, blocked.
17.1
0
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
A huge shout from the men behind the stumps! Not entertained. On middle, an arm ball, skidding down from a fuller length, Shah looks to defend but maybe gets an inside edge onto the pads.
End Of The Over 17 : 67/1
6 Runs
  • 016.1
  • 016.2
  • 116.3
  • 016.4
  • 016.5
  • 1 WD16.6
  • 416.6
I. Zadran
22 (49)
R. Shah
35 (48)
D. Tiripano
2-0-9-0
16.6
4
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
FOUR! In the gap! Nicely played! Shorter and on the body, Zadran gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through backward square leg. 41 needed more!
16.6
wd
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
WIDE! Now down the leg side again, left alone. Wided this time as it's well over the head of the batsman.
16.5
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Shortish and outside off, hardly any pace on the ball. Left alone.
16.4
0
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
Good length and on off, Zadran pushes it to covers.
16.3
1
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Short and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.
16.2
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Short and down the leg side, Shah lets it be. The keeper does not collect it cleanly but no runs taken.
16.1
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Fuller and on middle, Shah keeps it out.
End Of The Over 16 : 61/1
4 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 015.2
  • 415.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 015.6
I. Zadran
18 (46)
R. Shah
34 (45)
S. Williams
2-0-6-0
15.6
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Angled into the pads, IZ works it to mid-wicket.
15.5
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Tossed up on middle, Zadran defends it.
15.4
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
This one stays low! On middle, it does not bounce a lot. Zadran pushes it to mid on.
15.3
4
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
FOUR! Lovely stroke! Made good use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the delivery and then goes with the angle. Lofts it over mid on for a boundary. The 50-run stand is up!
15.2
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Flatter and on middle, Zadran blocks.
15.1
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
On middle, Zadran defends it onto the ground.
Williams to bowl from the other end!
End Of The Over 15 : 57/1
3 Runs
  • 114.1
  • 014.2
  • 014.3
  • 214.4
  • 014.5
  • 014.6
R. Shah
34 (45)
I. Zadran
14 (40)
D. Tiripano
1-0-3-0
14.6
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
DROPPED! Harsh to call that one though as that would have been a stunner! Sikandar Raza, what an effort. It is short and on middle, Shah hammers the pull towards backward square leg. Raza dives to his left and gets a hand to it but the ball does not stay in. That needed to stick but it did not.
14.5
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Shah was in two minds there! Shorter and around off, Shah probably wanted to pull it but then in the end tries to bail out. Too late as it hits the bat but lands safe on the leg side.
14.4
2
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Outside off, Shah waits for it and then guides it through backward point for a couple.
14.3
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
One more short one! Shah lets it go to the keeper.
14.2
0
Donald Tiripano To Rahmat Shah
Goes fuller this time and outside off, Shah pushes it to covers.
14.1
1
Donald Tiripano To Ibrahim Zadran
A run straightaway! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
We are back for the final session of this Test series! Just another 54 needed. It will be interesting to see how the Afghanistan batters who have walked out there, Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim Zadran, go about it. Zadran on strike and he will face Donald Tiripano.
... Day 5, Session 3 ...
Easy going for Afghanistan as they have eaten half of the required runs to win and need only 54 more to level the series! It was a good session for them as they managed to bundle out Zimbabwe sooner rather than later. Chasing 108, the Afghans did lose Javed Ahmadi early but since then, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah have formed a strong partnership and taken the 'home team' within striking distance of achieving the target. Mere formalities are left, do join us at 1430 local (1030 GMT) for the final rites.
End Of The Over 14 : 54/1
2 Runs
  • 013.1
  • 113.2
  • 013.3
  • 013.4
  • 013.5
  • 113.6
I. Zadran
13 (39)
R. Shah
32 (40)
S. Williams
1-0-2-0
13.6
1
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
An easy run! On off, this is pushed down to long off for one. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 5!
13.5
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Slightly shorter and on off, Zadran pushes it to covers.
13.4
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Tosses it up on off again, this is defended nicely.
13.3
0
Sean Williams To Ibrahim Zadran
Flatter and on middle, defended.
13.2
1
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
Almost! Shah comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He looks to drive but it goes off the inside edge, hits the pad and goes just past the short leg fielder for one.
13.1
0
Sean Williams To Rahmat Shah
Outside off, it is left alone.
End Of The Over 13 : 52/1
4 Runs
  • 112.1
  • 112.2
  • 012.3
  • 112.4
  • 012.5
  • 112.6
R. Shah
31 (38)
I. Zadran
12 (35)
B. Muzarabani
7-1-20-1
12.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Short and pulled again down to fine leg for one more.
12.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Bends his back on this one, gets it to bounce extra. Shah hops and defends it onto the ground.
12.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
On the shorter side again, this is pulled, it is a controlled shot towards deep backward square leg for one.
12.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Back of a length and on off, Zadran blocks.
12.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Another single! Shorter again, this one stays low. Shah looks to pull but it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.
12.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Bangs it short again, Zadran guides it towards point and takes one. 50 up for Afghanistan.
End Of The Over 12 : 48/1
12 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 011.3
  • 411.4
  • 411.5
  • 411.6
R. Shah
29 (35)
I. Zadran
10 (32)
V. Nyauchi
6-1-28-0
11.6
4
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for Rahmat Shah and he is suddenly motoring. 60 needed more. Fuller length ball on middle, Shah flicks it nicely off his pads and beats the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
11.5
4
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Yet another boundary from the bat of Rahmat! Full in length again but the line is down the leg side, Shah picks it off his pads, deliberately keeps it aerial to play it over square leg for a boundary. Lovely balance and execution.
11.4
4
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Lovely extension of the arms! Fuller in length and outside off, Rahmat plants his front foot forward and lifts it cleanly over mid off for a beautiful boundary. 68 needed more!
11.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Good length ball on off, Rahmat stays on the back foot and pushes it with the angle of the delivery to mid on.
11.2
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Identical to the last delivery, this time the followthrough of the bat is a lot lesser as Rahmat just defends it with a dead bat to covers.
11.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Angles in a length ball close to off, Rahmat is on the front foot as he pushes it defensively to covers.
End Of The Over 11 : 36/1
1 Runs
  • 010.1
  • 110.2
  • 010.3
  • 010.4
  • 010.5
  • 010.6
I. Zadran
10 (32)
R. Shah
17 (29)
B. Muzarabani
6-1-16-1
10.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
On the body, this is worked to mid-wicket.
10.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Shorter and on the body, Zadran spots it early and ducks under it.
10.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Shorter and on the leg stump line, this is evaded with good technique.
10.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Another short one on the body, Zadran lets it go over him.
10.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
On middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.
10.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Shorter and on middle, Shah looks to pull but misses.
End Of The Over 10 : 35/1
6 Runs
  • 09.1
  • 49.2
  • 09.3
  • 09.4
  • 09.5
  • 1 NB9.6
  • 19.6
R. Shah
16 (27)
I. Zadran
10 (28)
V. Nyauchi
5-1-16-0
9.6
1
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
On off, this is guided through point for one.
9.6
nb
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
The bowler has overstepped! It is down the leg side, Shah looks to flick but misses again. The replays though suggest that it's a very harsh call. There was some part of Victor's boot inside the line.
9.5
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Really nice shot for no runs! Fuller and outside off, this is driven to covers.
9.4
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Fuller and on off, Shah pushes it to covers.
9.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Solid this time! On a length and on middle, blocked.
9.2
4
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
EDGY FOUR! Afghanistan won't mind how they come as long as they do. Length and around off, Shah looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence.
9.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Angled in on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 9 : 29/1
0 Runs
  • 08.1
  • 08.2
  • 08.3
  • 08.4
  • 08.5
  • 08.6
I. Zadran
10 (28)
R. Shah
11 (20)
B. Muzarabani
5-1-15-1
8.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
On middle, Zadran hangs back and defends it.
8.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Banged short again, Zadran plays it onto the ground again. Too easy for Zadran at the moment. This short ball ploy is not going to work on this surface which is quite slow.
8.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Back of a length and on middle, Zadran works it to mid-wicket.
8.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
This is a very well-directed bumper, on the body. Zadran evades it.
8.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Another short one from around the wicket. Zadran rides on top of the bounce again and defends it.
8.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
A short one, Zadran plays nicely, hops and keeps it down onto the ground.
End Of The Over 8 : 29/1
4 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 07.3
  • 07.4
  • 47.5
  • 07.6
R. Shah
11 (20)
I. Zadran
10 (22)
V. Nyauchi
4-1-10-0
7.6
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
A big inswinger from wide of the crease but it is on the pads, Shah works it to mid-wicket.
7.5
4
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Runs needed now below 80. Shorter and outside off, width on offer and it is put away. Shah slashes it through point and it races away to the fence.
7.4
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Continues to bowl it on a fuller length, Shah once again hits it back from where it came.
7.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Firmly hit! Fuller and on off, Shah strokes it back to the bowler who stops it nicely.
7.2
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Once again bowls it full, gets it to shape back in. It is played to mid on again.
7.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Fullish and on middle, this is driven to mid on.
End Of The Over 7 : 25/1
9 Runs
  • 06.1
  • 46.2
  • 06.3
  • 16.4
  • 06.5
  • 46.6
I. Zadran
10 (22)
R. Shah
7 (14)
B. Muzarabani
4-0-15-1
6.6
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
FOUR! Gorgeous shot! Blessing switches to 'round the wicket and serves a fuller length ball on middle, Zadran presents the full face of his bat and eases a drive from the middle of his bat. Timed well and it races away to the fence down the ground. 83 needed more!
6.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
A series of short deliveries from Blessing Muzarabani, Ibrahim watches it closely and drops his wrists to allow it through.
6.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Fractionally short once again on off, Rahmat hangs back in anticipation and pulls it through square leg for a run.
6.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Short in length again, around off, not rising too much and Rahmat reacts with the pull shot once more. Finds mid-wicket.
6.2
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
FOUR! Blessing decides to dig in another short delivery, the line is on middle and leg, this time Rahmat Shah pulls and does so fine to fetch a boundary at fine leg.
Physio comes out! Rahmat has hurt his right hand, near the elbow region. He is stretching his hand as the physio looks on. Yet to see the magic spray. It will surely come to reduce the pain.
6.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Slower bouncer around off, completely deceiving the batsman, Shah tries to pull but is a bit early into his shot. It hits him on the arms and deflects to point.
End Of The Over 6 : 16/1
0 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 05.2
  • 05.3
  • 05.4
  • 05.5
  • 05.6
I. Zadran
6 (20)
R. Shah
2 (10)
V. Nyauchi
3-1-6-0
5.6
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Short and outside off, Zadran cuts but straight to point.
5.5
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
One more dot! On middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
5.4
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Goes slightly fuller this time, Zadran pushes it uppishly but well short of covers. Runs hard to come by at the moment.
5.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Good shot but for no runs! Back of a length and on off, Ibrahim times his back foot punch perfectly but fails to pierce the gap at covers.
5.2
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Attacks the stumps again, Zadran gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler.
5.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Angled into the middle pole, Zadran works it to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 5 : 16/1
1 Runs
  • 14.1
  • 04.2
  • 04.3
  • 04.4
  • 04.5
  • 04.6
R. Shah
2 (10)
I. Zadran
6 (14)
B. Muzarabani
3-0-6-1
4.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
On middle, angling down, Rahman uses the angle and pushes it defensively to mid-wicket.
4.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Length and on off, Shah is solid in defense. Good from Shah, he does not have to take any risk and has the luxury of taking his own time.
4.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Length and outside off, Shah does not fiddle with it.
4.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Looks to bang it short again, not a lot of bounce and it is also down the leg side. Left alone.
4.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Once again on a length and around off, Shah lunges and keeps it out.
4.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Just short! Angled into the body, this is pulled uppishly but well short of fine leg for one.
End Of The Over 4 : 15/1
1 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 03.2
  • 03.3
  • 03.4
  • 13.5
  • 03.6
R. Shah
2 (5)
I. Zadran
5 (13)
V. Nyauchi
2-0-6-0
3.6
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
A dot to end! On middle, it is defended.
3.5
1
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
A single! On off, this is pushed wide of the man at covers and a single is taken.
3.4
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Another back of a length ball on off, Zadran strokes it to mid off.
3.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Back of a length this time, this is pushed to mid off.
3.2
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Good length again and on middle, Zadran blocks it out.
3.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Angled into the middle pole, this is worked to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 3 : 14/1
1 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 02.2
  • 02.3
  • 12.4
  • 02.5
  • 02.6
R. Shah
2 (4)
I. Zadran
4 (8)
B. Muzarabani
2-0-5-1
2.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Outside off, it is left alone nicely.
2.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmat Shah
Length and outside off, left alone nicely.
2.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
A single as this is worked with the angle towards mid-wicket.
2.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
This one stays very low! Outside off, Zadran looks to drive but this one goes below his bat. The keeper does well to collect it. That died down completely after landing.
2.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Another one on a length and around off, Zadran defends it onto the ground.
2.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Ibrahim Zadran
Fuller and on middle, this is pushed towards mid off.
End Of The Over 2 : 13/1
5 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 31.4
  • 21.5
  • 01.6
R. Shah
2 (2)
I. Zadran
3 (4)
V. Nyauchi
1-0-5-0
1.6
0
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Back of a length and on middle, Shah defends it onto the ground.
1.5
2
Victor Nyauchi To Rahmat Shah
Misfield and two! Outside off, Shah guides it towards point. The fielder there dives over the ball and concedes a couple. Can't afford to do that while defending a low total.
1.4
3
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Really nice shot to get off the mark! Fuller and outside off, Zadran leans into it and strokes it through covers. Three taken. He just timed it and hence, it did not get to the fence.
1.3
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Another one on middle, Zadran works it to mid-wicket.
1.2
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Good length and on off, a solid front foot defensive stroke.
1.1
0
Victor Nyauchi To Ibrahim Zadran
Good length and it comes in from outside off. Zadran looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
Rahmat Shah walks out to bat! Victor Nyauchi to bowl from the other end.
End Of The Over 1 : 8/1
8 Runs
  • 40.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 4 B0.4
  • 00.5
  • W0.6
J. Ahmadi
4 (6)
I. Zadran
0 (0)
B. Muzarabani
1-0-4-1
0.6
W
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi OUT!
OUT! DRAGS IT ON! Ahmadi walks back for another low score and Zimbabwe get an early wicket. Just what they wanted. This is shorter and outside off, this one stays low. Ahmadi slashes at it. It hits the inside edge and goes onto the stumps. Early success for Zimbabwe but they need to keep chipping away at the wickets to stand any chance.
0.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi
That is a beauty! It lands outside off and then comes back in. Ahmadi is cut into half as he tries to block it.
0.4
b
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi
FOUR BYES! That was a difficult take for the keeper but he should have done better! It lands outside off and then comes back in. Stays low too. The keeper dives to his left, it sneaks under his glove and goes to the fence.
0.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi
Outside off, Javed lets it be.
0.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi
Good length and on middle, it is defended.
We are back for the last innings! The players are on the field. Ibrahim Zadran and Javed Ahmadi are the openers and Blessing Muzarabani will open the attack with a couple of slips in place.
0.1
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Javed Ahmadi
FOUR! Afghanistan are underway in style! Shorter and outside off, asking to be hit. Javed cuts it through point and it races away to the fence.
Match Info
  • Venue Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Weather Bright and Sunny
  • Toss Afghanistanwon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
  • Player of the Match Hashmatullah Shahidi
  • Player of the Series Sean Williams
  • Umpire Ahmed Shahpakteen (AFG), Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahmed Shah Durrani (AFG)
  • Referee Ranjan Madugalle (SL)
Match Notes
  • Stumps: Afghanistan 307/3 in 90.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 300/3 in 85.5 overs
  • A Afghan maiden Test hundred: 101 runs in 121 balls (12x4) (2x6)
  • New ball taken: Afghanistan 276/3 in 80.1 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 150 off 219 balls between H Shahidi (53) and A Afghan (83)
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 263/3 in 75.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 253/3 in 72.3 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 168 balls between H Shahidi (35) and A Afghan (54)
  • A Afghan fifty: 50 runs in 64 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • Afghanistan 200/3 in 61.4 overs
  • Tea: Afghanistan 187/3 in 59.0 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 70 balls between H Shahidi (12) and A Afghan (34)
  • Afghanistan 152/3 in 50.4 overs
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 127/3 in 44.0 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 133 balls between I Zadran (31) and H Shahidi (18)
  • Afghanistan 100/2 in 34.0 overs
  • I Zadran 3rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 93 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • Lunch: Afghanistan 83/2 in 27.0 overs
  • I Zadran dropped on 31 by S Raza in 17.2 overs
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 50 off 77 balls between I Zadran (27) and R Shah (23)
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 54/1 in 14.0 overs
  • Afghanistan 52/1 in 12.4 overs
  • S Shirzad and S Kamal makes their Test debut for Afghanistan
  • Stumps: Zimbabwe 50/0 in 17.0 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 101 balls between P Masvaure (29) and K Kasuza (14)
  • Zimbabwe 50/0 in 16.5 overs
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 545/4 dec in 160.4
  • H Shahidi Test: 200 runs in 443 balls (21x4) (1x6)
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 100 off 150 balls between H Shahidi (47) and N Jamal (52)
  • N Jamal maiden Test fifty: 51 runs in 86 balls (4x4) (0x6)
  • Afghanistan 500/4 in 151.1 overs
  • Tea: Afghanistan 496/4 in 151.0 overs
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 87 balls between H Shahidi (20) and N Jamal (29)
  • H Shahidi Test: 150 runs in 382 balls (17x4) (1x6)
  • Afghanistan 450/4 in 138.2 overs
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 432/4 in 135.0 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 300 off 524 balls between H Shahidi (117) and A Afghan (159)
  • A Afghan Test: 150 runs in 227 balls (14x4) (2x6)
  • Afghanistan 400/3 in 121.3 overs
  • Lunch: Afghanistan 388/3 in 118.0 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 250 off 424 balls between H Shahidi (98) and A Afghan (131)
  • A Afghan dropped on 124 by K Kasuza in 107.5 overs
  • H Shahidi dropped on 112 by S Williams in 105.3 overs
  • Afghanistan 350/3 in 105.2 overs
  • H Shahidi maiden Test hundred: 100 runs in 276 balls (12x4) (0x6)
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 333/3 in 102.3 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 201 off 346 balls between H Shahidi (73) and A Afghan (113)
  • H Shahidi Test fifty: 51 runs in 154 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • Stumps: Zimbabwe 24/0 in 13.0 overs
  • Innings Break: Zimbabwe 287/10 in 91.3 overs
  • S Raza 8th Test fifty: 50 runs in 81 balls (4x4) (0x6)
  • Zimbabwe 250/7 in 79.5 overs
  • R Chakabva dropped on 15 by H Shahidi in 68.4 overs
  • Zimbabwe 202/6 in 67.2 overs
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe 180/4 in 60.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 150/4 in 52.3 overs
  • Lunch: Zimbabwe 145/2 in 48.0 overs
  • P Masvaure maiden Test fifty: 50 runs in 117 balls (3x4) (0x6)
  • Zimbabwe 100/1 in 34.1 overs
  • S Williams 4th Test hundred: 103 runs in 173 balls (9x4) (1x6)
  • 8th wkt Partnership: 100 off 188 balls between S Williams (42) and D Tiripano (51)
  • D Tiripano maiden Test fifty: 50 runs in 114 balls (9x4) (0x6)
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe 220/7 in 88.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 203/7 in 82.5 overs
  • 8th wkt Partnership: 51 off 102 balls between S Williams (18) and D Tiripano (33)
  • New ball taken: Zimbabwe 193/7 in 80.1 overs
  • Tea: Zimbabwe 170/7 in 72.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 151/7 in 64.4 overs
  • S Williams Test fifty: 50 runs in 77 balls (4x4) (1x6)
  • Zimbabwe 101/2 in 49.2 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 112 balls between T Musakanda (10) and S Williams (36)
  • S Williams dropped on 35 by N Jamal in 46.2 overs
  • Lunch: Zimbabwe 90/2 in 44.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 53/2 in 32.1 overs
  • New ball taken: Zimbabwe 286/8 in 90.1 overs
  • R Shah 3rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 62 balls (9x4) (0x6)
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 53 off 88 balls between I Zadran (18) and R Shah (34)
  • Afghanistan 50/1 in 12.2 overs
  • Innings Break: Zimbabwe 365/10 in 148.5 overs
  • S Williams: 150 runs in 308 balls (13x4) (1x6)
  • Zimbabwe 452/8 in 145.5 overs
  • Lunch: Zimbabwe 330/8 in 136.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 301/7 in 120.3 overs
  • 8th wkt Partnership: 152 off 334 balls between S Williams (71) and D Tiripano (77)
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