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Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I Commentary, Live Updates

ZIM vs AFG, 2022 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
159/8 (20.0/20)
160/4 (19.2/20)
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Right then, that is all we have from this game. Afghanistan have taken a 1-0 lead in the series and if they win the next game, then they will seal both the ODI and the T20I series. Zimbabwe will look to stop that from happening. The second T20I is less than 24 hours away, with play to begin at 4.30 pm IST (11 am GMT) on Sunday, the 12th of June. Our build-up will begin much sooner. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Najibullah Zadran (44* off 25 balls) is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his match-winning knock. He says that when he went in to bat, he had a chat with Darwish Rasooli to build a stand and then look to target the final four overs. Adds that he was seeing the ball well and just hit through the line. Zadran then shows a beautiful gesture as he dedicates the award to debutant Nijat Masood and shares it with him.
Mohammad Nabi, the captain of Afghanistan says that they did well with the ball and it was a good start with the bat but applauds Zimbabwe for making a comeback and goes on to applaud Najibullah Zadran for his knock as well. Ends by saying that he is happy and that one over off Blessing Muzarabani sealed the game for them.
Craig Ervine says that he is definitely happy with the effort but is disappointment as it is another loss for them. Adds that they thought 150-160 was par but they would have liked to get some more runs. On being asked about his sensational fielding, he has a laugh about it.
Presentation ceremony...
After opting to bat first, Zimbabwe didn't have the bests of starts but a few small partnerships and a flourish at the death from Sikandar Raza helped them achieve a defendable total. Debutant, Nijat Masood was on song for the visitors with a three-wicket haul. The Afghan openers came out with intent and took the sting out of the chase right inside the Powerplay. Ryan Burl's effort went in vain in the end as the hosts suffered yet another loss and now they will look to focus on the next game.
Zimbabwe will be heartbroken after that loss. Blessing Muzarabani is generally Craig Ervine's most reliable bowler but he had an outing to forget and the decision to give him the last over didn't work out either. After a poor Powerplay, it was Ryan Burl who picked up three wickets in a single over that gave Zimbabwe a lifeline. Quickly, Burl and Sikandar Raza had the visitors in a web of spin and had taken a lead in the game but the pacers traveled today. Blessing Muzarabani gave away 26 runs in his third over that took the game out of Zimbabwe's reach completely.
Chasing 160, Afghanistan got off to a flier as both openers were hitting the ball cleanly, especially Hazratullah Zazai! The pair of Gurbaz and Zazai put on an opening stand of 83 runs before both of them fell in quick succession and then Afghanistan were three down in the same over. Najibullah Zadran and Darwish Rasooli did the repair work and got their side back in the game. It was then the power of Zadran and a few important blows off the skipper's willow that ensured the visitors keep up their winning run.
What a match we have had but in the end, it is Afghanistan who keep their winning run going and extend it to four wins now on the trot. They also take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Heartbreak for Zimbabwe though because they made a hell of a comeback in the middle overs but it wasn't meant to be.
End Of The Over 19.2 : 160/4
8 Runs
  • 219.1
  • 619.2
N. Zadran
44 (25)
M. Nabi
15 (8)
B. Muzarabani
3.2-0-55-0
19.2
6
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
SIX! DONE AND DUSTED! Najibullah Zadran has finished off the match in style! Slower delivery, on a length and on leg stump. Zadran just swings at it and clears the vacant backward square leg fence. Afghanistan win by 6 wickets!
19.1
2
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
Sloppy fielding again and Afghanistan get an extra run. Very full and on leg stump, Najibullah Zadran drills it towards Milton Shumba at long on who fumbles and the batters race back for the second.
Surprise, surprise! Craig Ervine opts to bowl Blessing Muzarabani for the final over and not Luke Jongwe. Could this be the decision that makes the difference? Can Muzarabani defend 7 runs?
End Of The Over 19 : 152/4
10 Runs
  • 418.1
  • 418.2
  • 018.3
  • 118.4
  • 118.5
  • 018.6
M. Nabi
15 (8)
N. Zadran
36 (23)
T. Chatara
4-0-24-0
18.6
0
Tendai Chatara To Mohammad Nabi
A dot to end and Tendai Chatara has just about kept his side in the game. This is on a length but is pushed wider. Nabi backs away to hit but just can't reach it. 8 required off the final over now.
18.5
1
Tendai Chatara To Najibullah Zadran
Excellent bowling! Very full and on middle, Najibullah Zadran looks to go big but can't get under it. Zadran gets an inside edge onto the pads as the batters scamper through for one.
18.4
1
Tendai Chatara To Mohammad Nabi
Full and straight, driven down the ground to long on for a single.
18.3
0
Tendai Chatara To Mohammad Nabi
Top comeback from Tendai Chatara! Nabi tries to step out but Chatara nails the yorker on middle. Nabi just about jams it out.
18.2
4
Tendai Chatara To Mohammad Nabi
Edged and four! Short of a length, around off. Nabi backs away and has a swing at it. The ball flies off the top edge and over short third man for a boundary. Just the run-a-ball required now.
18.1
4
Tendai Chatara To Mohammad Nabi
FOUR! Length ball, around off. Mohammad Nabi punches it sweetly through extra cover. The fielder puts in the dive to his right at the fence but can't cut it off, boundary.
Tendai Chatara to bowl the penultimate over.
End Of The Over 18 : 142/4
10 Runs
  • 117.1
  • 1 WD17.2
  • W17.2
  • 117.3
  • 117.4
  • 1 WD17.5
  • 417.5
  • 117.6
M. Nabi
6 (3)
N. Zadran
35 (22)
L. Jongwe
3-0-34-1
17.6
1
Luke Jongwe To Mohammad Nabi
Very full and on off, pushed through mid on for a single. 18 needed now off 12 balls.
17.5
4
Luke Jongwe To Mohammad Nabi
FOUR! Placed to perfection! Full and wide, Mohammad Nabi creams it past the diving fielder at the extra cover fence for a boundary.
17.5
wd
Luke Jongwe To Mohammad Nabi
WIDE! Slower again, spilled down the leg side.
17.4
1
Luke Jongwe To Najibullah Zadran
Another slower delivery, bowled into the deck. Najibullah Zadran swings at it and gets it to the right of deep mid-wicket for just a single.
17.3
1
Luke Jongwe To Mohammad Nabi
Full and on the pads, clipped away past backward square leg for one.
17.2
W
Luke Jongwe To Darwish Rasooli OUT!
OUT! BOWLED'EM! Gem of a slower delivery from Luke Jongwe and he has broken the stand. This is just pitched up a bit and it's the off cutter. The ball comes in off the surface as Darwish Rasooli swings hard across the line. Rasooli gets undone by the lack of pace and the ball goes on to crash into the off pole. Could this be the wicket that turns the tide? 26 needed off 16 balls.
Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.
17.2
wd
Luke Jongwe To Darwish Rasooli
WIDE! A slower ball, bowled into the deck but spilled beyond the tramline outside off. Wide called.
17.1
1
Luke Jongwe To Najibullah Zadran
Full and on off stump, this is hammered towards wide long on for just a single. Zadran wanted two but Darwish Rasooli is a bit too slow.
Luke Jongwe is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 17 : 132/3
26 Runs
  • 416.1
  • 616.2
  • 7 NB16.3
  • 116.3
  • 116.4
  • 1 WD16.5
  • 1 WD16.5
  • 416.5
  • 116.6
N. Zadran
33 (20)
D. Rasooli
11 (19)
B. Muzarabani
3-0-47-0
16.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
Full and around off, this is drilled down to long off for one. Najibullah Zadran will keep the strike for the next over and now 28 runs are required off 18 balls.
16.5
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
Would you believe it? The batters have run four! Slower delivery, on a length and on leg stump. Najibullah Zadran just punches it towards wide long on but Wesley Madhevere is just a bit casual and misses the ball completely. He has to run back and cut off the boundary but it doesn't matter. Sloppy from Zimbabwe at a crucial stage.
16.5
wd
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
WIDE! Just not getting it right here Blessing Muzarabani. Full and wide, a bit too wide again though.
16.5
wd
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
WIDE! Attempted wide yorker but spilled beyond the tramline. Wide called.
16.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Darwish Rasooli
Length ball, angled into off. Darwish Rasooli hangs back and keeps it out on the off side for a quick single.
16.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
Nails the yorker on off stump, Zadran drills it towards long on for one.
16.3
nb
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
NO BALL AND SIX! Oh, my! How the tables keep on turning in this game! Slower one, pitched up and on middle. Najibullah Zadran has just smoked it a long way back over the bowler's head for another monster hit. To add insult to injury, Blessing Muzarabani has overstepped and it will be a Free hit!
16.2
6
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
SIX! WOW! Blessing Muzarabani bangs it in on a shorter length and over middle. Najibullah Zadran just lays into it and hits it a million miles high and long over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
16.1
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Najibullah Zadran
FOUR! Well struck! hard length and outside off, Najibullah Zadran holds still and muscles it over the wide mid off region for a boundary. 50 needed now off 23 balls.
Blessing Muzarabani is back on.
End Of The Over 16 : 106/3
7 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 115.2
  • 015.3
  • 115.4
  • 415.5
  • 1 LB15.6
N. Zadran
11 (14)
D. Rasooli
10 (18)
S. Raza
4-0-16-0
15.6
lb
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
Leg bye! Quicker one, on the pads. Zadran looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards short fine leg as the batters pick up a leg bye.
15.5
4
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
FOUR! Finally, a boundary and a much-needed one as well. This is around off, Najibullah Zadran gets low and lofts it powerfully over covers for a boundary.
15.4
1
Sikandar Raza To Darwish Rasooli
Around leg, Rasooli tickles it around the corner for a single.
15.3
0
Sikandar Raza To Darwish Rasooli
This is dragged down on off stump, Darwish Rasooli can't get it away.
15.2
1
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
Short and wide, cut away to deep backward point for a single. The 100is up for Afghanistan.
15.1
0
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
This is full and speared into off, Najibullah Zadran attempts the reverse sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal from the bowler but no one else seems interested.
End Of The Over 15 : 99/3
4 Runs
  • 114.1
  • 014.2
  • 114.3
  • 014.4
  • 114.5
  • 114.6
N. Zadran
6 (10)
D. Rasooli
9 (16)
R. Burl
4-0-14-3
14.6
1
Ryan Burl To Najibullah Zadran
Around middle and off, Zadran uses his feet to push it down to long off for yet another single. 61 needed now off 30 balls.
14.5
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Around off, pushed through the cover region for a single.
14.4
0
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Brilliant again from the skipper! Around off, hammered to the right of extra cover where Craig Ervine makes yet another superb stop.
14.3
1
Ryan Burl To Najibullah Zadran
Flatter and around off, this is hit through extra cover for just another single. The boundaries have completely dried up for Afghanistan and the pressure keeps on mounting.
14.2
0
Ryan Burl To Najibullah Zadran
Slows it up a bit, on middle and leg. Zadran keeps it out.
14.1
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Full and on off, driven down to long off for a run.
End Of The Over 14 : 95/3
3 Runs
  • 113.1
  • 113.2
  • 013.3
  • 013.4
  • 013.5
  • 113.6
D. Rasooli
7 (13)
N. Zadran
4 (7)
T. Chatara
3-0-14-0
13.6
1
Tendai Chatara To Darwish Rasooli
Length again, outside off this time, Rasooli cuts it behind point for a single.
13.5
0
Tendai Chatara To Darwish Rasooli
Back of a length, around off. This is punched towards covers.
13.4
0
Tendai Chatara To Darwish Rasooli
A good bumper, around off, around head height. Darwish Rasooli looks to uppercut but misses.
13.3
0
Tendai Chatara To Darwish Rasooli
Back of a length, outside off. Darwish Rasooli hops and taps it towards point.
13.2
1
Tendai Chatara To Najibullah Zadran
On a good length, around off. Zadran steers it down to third man for a single.
13.1
1
Tendai Chatara To Darwish Rasooli
Back of a length, on off. Rasooli half-pulls it down to long on and rotates the strike.
End Of The Over 13 : 92/3
4 Runs
  • 112.1
  • 112.2
  • 112.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • 112.6
D. Rasooli
5 (8)
N. Zadran
3 (6)
R. Burl
3-0-10-3
12.6
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
On off, knocked down to long off for a single. 68 needed now off 42 balls.
12.5
0
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Brilliant fielding! Tossed up, outside off. Darwish Rasooli hits it hard and towards extra cover but Craig Ervine makes a sharp stop down to his right.
12.4
0
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Drifted into the pads, worked away towards mid-wicket.
12.3
1
Ryan Burl To Najibullah Zadran
The call is for two but they will have to settle for one. On leg stump, Zadran drives it through mid on for a run.
12.2
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Around off, played through cover-point for one more.
12.1
1
Ryan Burl To Najibullah Zadran
Quicker and fuller, on off. This is pushed down to long off for one.
End Of The Over 12 : 88/3
2 Runs
  • 111.1
  • 011.2
  • 011.3
  • 011.4
  • 111.5
  • 011.6
D. Rasooli
3 (4)
N. Zadran
1 (4)
S. Raza
3-0-10-0
11.6
0
Sikandar Raza To Darwish Rasooli
Floated up, outside off. Darwish Rasooli drives but straight to the man at extra cover.
11.5
1
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
On off, driven through mid off for a single.
11.4
0
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
The dots keep on coming and a bit of pressure getting built up on the Afghanistan batters. Shorter, around off, tapped towards point.
11.3
0
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
Flatter this time and outside off, Zadran misses the cut shot.
11.2
0
Sikandar Raza To Najibullah Zadran
Nicely drifted into middle and leg, Najibullah Zadran defends it out.
11.1
1
Sikandar Raza To Darwish Rasooli
Quicker and on middle, knocked down to long on for a single.
Najibullah Zadran is in at number 5.
End Of The Over 11 : 86/3
3 Runs
  • W10.1
  • W10.2
  • 110.3
  • 110.4
  • 110.5
  • W10.6
U. Ghani
1 (2)
D. Rasooli
2 (2)
R. Burl
2-0-6-3
10.6
W
Ryan Burl To Usman Ghani OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Regis Chakabva holds on to the catch and Ryan Burl is turning it on here, three wickets in the over for him. This is on a length, around off and turning away a bit. Usman Ghani makes the mistake of swinging across the line and gets a thick outside edge on it. The keeper, fumbles but gets it on the second attempt. Zimbabwe well and truly back in the game now. 74 needed now off 54 balls.
10.5
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Floated up around off, Darwish Rasooli pushes it towards extra cover for a single.
10.4
1
Ryan Burl To Usman Ghani
Good running! Around off, kept out on the off side and the batters scamper through for one.
10.3
1
Ryan Burl To Darwish Rasooli
Flatter, on middle. This is pushed towards mid on for a single.
Darwish Rasooli is the new man in.
10.2
W
Ryan Burl To Hazratullah Zazai OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Two in two for Ryan Burl and Hazratullah Zazai has given away his wicket here! This is tossed up on middle, Zazai dances down the track and looks to muscle it over the long on fence but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball. Zazai ends up hitting it straight down the throat of Sikandar Raza who takes a sharp catch. Burl on a hat-trick now.
Usman Ghani is in at number 3.
10.1
W
Ryan Burl To Rahmanullah Gurbaz OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Finally, a breakthrough for Zimbabwe and could this change the momentum a bit? Ryan Burl just serves it on a length and gives it a bit of flight. Rahmanullah Gurbaz comes down the track and looks to swing across the line. The ball flies high off the top edge and around the point region. The keeper, Regis Chakabva calls it early and settles under it nicely to take the catch.
End Of The Over 10 : 83/0
5 Runs
  • 29.1
  • 19.2
  • 19.3
  • 1 LB9.4
  • 09.5
  • 09.6
H. Zazai
45 (25)
R. Gurbaz
33 (35)
S. Raza
2-0-8-0
9.6
0
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Another stifled appeal but sliding down leg. This is speared into the pads and Zazai misses the flick. 77 needed now off 60 balls.
9.5
0
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Swing and a miss! Nicely flighted and around off, Hazratullah Zazai swings hard across the line but misses the ball by a mile.
9.4
lb
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Leg bye! Drifting down leg, Gurbaz looks to sweep but gets it off the pads towards short fine leg for a leg bye.
9.3
1
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Shorter in length and around off, this is punched sweetly off the back foot towards deep extra cover for just a single.
9.2
1
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Huge appeal from the bowler but not given! Flatter and around leg, Gurbaz looks to sweep but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. Single taken.
9.1
2
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Short and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz pulls it aerially towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
End Of The Over 9 : 78/0
4 Runs
  • 18.1
  • 18.2
  • 1 LB8.3
  • 08.4
  • 08.5
  • 18.6
R. Gurbaz
30 (32)
H. Zazai
44 (22)
R. Burl
1-0-3-0
8.6
1
Ryan Burl To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Misfield! Poor from the skipper, Craig Ervine. Around off, just pushed towards extra cover where Ervine takes his eyes off the ball and picks up a single.
8.5
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Just slows it up a touch does Ryan Burl and floats it around off. Gurbaz taps it towards covers.
8.4
0
Ryan Burl To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
This is pushed through quicker and on off. Gurbaz defends it out.
8.3
lb
Ryan Burl To Hazratullah Zazai
Leg bye! Fuller and down the leg side, Zazai looks to sweep but misses. The ball goes off the pads towards square leg and they get a run.
A bit of a halt in play as Hazratullah Zazai seems to be struggling with cramps. The physio is out and is having a look. Hope he is fine.
8.2
1
Ryan Burl To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
This is dragged down a bit on leg, Gurbaz goes deep in his crease and works it leg side for a single.
8.1
1
Ryan Burl To Hazratullah Zazai
On a length and on leg stump, Zazai nudges it past square leg for a single.
End Of The Over 8 : 74/0
4 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 17.2
  • 07.3
  • 17.4
  • 17.5
  • 17.6
H. Zazai
43 (20)
R. Gurbaz
28 (28)
S. Raza
1-0-4-0
7.6
1
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Shorter and outside off, Hazratullah Zazai cuts it off the back foot past point and picks up a single. Tidy start from Raza, just the 4 singles off it.
7.5
1
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
On leg, nudged away through mid-wicket for one more.
7.4
1
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Quicker this time from Raza and on off, Zazai pushes it down to long off and rotates the strike.
7.3
0
Sikandar Raza To Hazratullah Zazai
Flatter and outside off, Zazai taps it towards point.
7.2
1
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Around middle, Gurbaz steps down the track and powers it straight back past the bowler. The fielder at long on does well to cut it off. Just the single then.
7.1
0
Sikandar Raza To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Starts off with a nicely flighted delivery around off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz defends it off the front foot.
End Of The Over 7 : 70/0
13 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 26.2
  • 06.3
  • 46.4
  • 16.5
  • 1 WD6.6
  • 46.6
H. Zazai
41 (17)
R. Gurbaz
26 (25)
A. Ndlovu
1-0-13-0
6.6
4
Ainsley Ndlovu To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! It is difficult to keep him quiet at the moment. It is short and on off. Zazai pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary.
Sikandar Raza to roll his arm now.
6.6
wd
Ainsley Ndlovu To Hazratullah Zazai
Wide! This one is sprayed down leg. Zazai fails to work it away. Wided.
6.5
1
Ainsley Ndlovu To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Flatter and short, outside off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz losses his control this time as he looks to cut it away. The ball goes through the keeper off the inside edge. They take one.
6.4
4
Ainsley Ndlovu To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
FOUR! Gurbaz joins the party now. It is short and outside off. Gurbaz cuts it hard through point on his back foot. Wesley Madhevere puts in a dive in the deep but in vain.
6.3
0
Ainsley Ndlovu To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Short and on off. Gurbaz defends it to cover.
6.2
2
Ainsley Ndlovu To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
On middle and leg. Gurbaz flicks it to mid-wicket for two runs. This is really good cricket by Afghanistan.
6.1
1
Ainsley Ndlovu To Hazratullah Zazai
Flighted and full, on off. Zazai hits it down to long on for one.
Ainsley Ndlovu is brought into the attack now.
End Of The Over 6 : 57/0
15 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 15.2
  • 1 WD5.3
  • 45.3
  • 45.4
  • 45.5
  • 15.6
H. Zazai
36 (15)
R. Gurbaz
19 (21)
L. Jongwe
2-0-24-0
5.6
1
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
Full length, on off. Zazai works it to square leg off the inside edge. The batters cross for a single. 15 runs off the over, Afghanistan on top.
5.5
4
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Three on the trot! Zazai showing no mercy here. It is short and on off. Zazai stands tall and slaps it past the bowler for a fine boundary.
5.4
4
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Zazai! It is full and outside off. Zazai stands back and creams it through the cover region for four more.
5.3
4
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Top shot! It is full and wide outside off. Zazai reaches out and crunches it down to long on for a boundary.
5.3
wd
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
WIDE! This is full and wide, outside the tramline. Zazai lets it be. Wide called.
5.2
1
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
On a length, around off. Gurbaz dabs it to the right of short third man. Blessing Muzarabani dives to that side and makes a great stop to only allow a single.
5.1
0
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
A slower ball, on a good length, this one lands on off and nips in off the deck. Rahmanullah Gurbaz makes room but is unable to send it away. The ball scoots past the leg pole.
End Of The Over 5 : 42/0
12 Runs
  • 44.1
  • 14.2
  • 14.3
  • 44.4
  • 14.5
  • 14.6
R. Gurbaz
18 (19)
H. Zazai
23 (11)
B. Muzarabani
2-0-21-0
4.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Blessing Muzarabani goes for 12 in his second over. A length ball, on the pads. Gurbaz stays back and flicks it to square leg for one.
4.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Hazratullah Zazai
Short ball, outside off. Zazai punches it towards deep backward point for one.
4.4
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Up and over! A slower one, wide outside off. Zazai reaches out and hits it enough to clear the man at mid off and gets a boundary.
4.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Another single now, as Gurbaz dabs this length delivery down to third man.
4.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Hazratullah Zazai
Muzarabani hits the length hard this time. Zazai defends it to the leg side for a quick single.
4.1
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Hazratullah Zazai seems to be in stormy mood. It is a slower ball, short and on off. Zazai picks up the length early and pulls it through the gap at mid-wicket for a cracking boundary.
Blessing Muzarabani (1-0-9-0) to bowl from the opposite end now.
End Of The Over 4 : 30/0
10 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 13.2
  • 43.3
  • 1 B3.4
  • 43.5
  • 03.6
R. Gurbaz
16 (17)
H. Zazai
13 (7)
L. Jongwe
1-0-9-0
3.6
0
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
This is touch shorter, on top of off. Gurbaz plays it late and works it towards backward point.
3.5
4
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
FOUR! Shot of authourity! It is full, on off. Gurbaz gets behind it and slaps it over covers for a boundary.
3.4
b
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
BYE! Length, angled across the left-hander, outside off. Zazai slashes but misses. The keeper fails to collect it and the batters sneak a bye.
3.3
4
Luke Jongwe To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! A shot and a half, this! It is fuller, on off. Luke Jongwe bowls a slower one but that does not bother Zazai at all, as he powers it down the ground for a boundary.
3.2
1
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
In the air...but safe! It is overpitched, on off. Gurbaz miscues his loft towards long on which keeps him at the crease as the ball lands safely. The batters take a single.
3.1
0
Luke Jongwe To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Full length, on off. Gurbaz pushes it to cover on the front foot.
Luke Jongwe to have a bowl now.
End Of The Over 3 : 20/0
3 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 02.2
  • 12.3
  • 02.4
  • 12.5
  • 12.6
R. Gurbaz
11 (13)
H. Zazai
9 (5)
T. Chatara
2-0-11-0
2.6
1
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Back of a length, on middle. Gurbaz stays back and pulls it through the gap at square leg for one more. A good over by Chatara comes to an end.
2.5
1
Tendai Chatara To Hazratullah Zazai
Short and on off. Zazai pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
2.4
0
Tendai Chatara To Hazratullah Zazai
Zazai taps this length delivery towards covers.
2.3
1
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Length ball, on the pads, Gurbaz tucks it to mid-wicket for one.
2.2
0
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Good length, outside off. Gurbaz tries to chase it but misses.
2.1
0
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Short ball, wide outside off. Gurbaz cuts it hard but only to backward point.
End Of The Over 2 : 17/0
9 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 41.2
  • 11.3
  • 11.4
  • 21.5
  • 11.6
R. Gurbaz
9 (9)
H. Zazai
8 (3)
B. Muzarabani
1-0-9-0
1.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
A single now as this is worked to mid off.
1.5
2
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
A slower length ball, around off. Gurbaz works it down to third man for a brace.
1.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Hazratullah Zazai
Touch short, around the hips. Zazai clips it to mid-wicket and scampers across for a single. Craig Ervine misfields but Rahmanullah Gurbaz wisely sends his partner back.
1.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Length ball, outside off. gurbaz taps it to the off side for a quick single.
1.2
4
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
FOUR! Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets his first boundary of the chase. It is a short ball, in the channel. Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays back and slams it over backward point for a boundary.
1.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Length and on off. Gurbaz taps it to point.
Blessing Muzarabani to start from the opposite end.
End Of The Over 1 : 8/0
8 Runs
  • 30.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 00.4
  • 10.5
  • 40.6
H. Zazai
7 (2)
R. Gurbaz
1 (4)
T. Chatara
1-0-8-0
0.6
4
Tendai Chatara To Hazratullah Zazai
FOUR! Width on offer and punished! It is a short ball, wide outside off. Zazai hangs back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 8 runs off the first over and Afghanistan are off to a flying start.
0.5
1
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Touch fuller, on middle. Gurbaz comes down the track and lofts it towards long on. He does not connect well, which is good for him as there is a man stationed in the deep. A single taken.
0.4
0
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Tendai Chatara gets this to get into the right-hander. Gurbaz stays back and tucks it to mid-wicket.
0.3
0
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
A length ball, around off. Gurbaz fends it to the off side.
0.2
0
Tendai Chatara To Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Swing and a miss! It is a length ball, outside off. Gurbaz uses his feet and tries to smack it down the ground but only manages to connect with thin air.
0.1
3
Tendai Chatara To Hazratullah Zazai
Afghanistan and Hazratullah Zazai are off the mark. It is a length ball, outside off. Zazai stays back and punches it through the gap at covers for three runs.
Match Info
  • Venue Harare Sports Club, Harare
  • Weather Bright and Sunny
  • Toss Zimbabwewon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
  • Player of the Match Najibullah Zadran
  • Umpire Iknow Chabi (ZIM), Langton Rusere (ZIM) and Christopher Phiri (ZIM)
  • Referee Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Zimbabwe 159/8 in 20.0 overs
  • Zimbabwe 150/8 in 18.5 overs
  • Zimbabwe 100/5 in 13.5 overs
  • R Khan dropped on 9 by S Raza in 13.3 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Zimbabwe 50/2
  • Zimbabwe 50/2 in 6.0 overs
  • Nijat Masood makes his T20I debut for Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan 100/3 in 15.2 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 57/0
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 52 off 34 balls between H Zazai (31) and R Gurbaz (19)
  • Afghanistan 52/0 in 5.4 overs
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PlayerRunsAvg.
Najibullah Zadran AFG10351.50
Mohammad Nabi AFG8989.00
Sikandar Raza ZIM8628.66
Hazratullah Zazai AFG8528.33
Innocent Kaia ZIM7224.00
PlayerWicketsEco.
Ryan Burl ZIM64.63
Noor Ahmad AFG42.50
Nijat Masood AFG48.63
Rashid Khan AFG45.08
Luke Jongwe ZIM39.12