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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I Match Summary

AFG vs ZIM, 2021 - T20 Summary

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Scorecard
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Match Ended   
198/5 (20.0/20)
150/7 (20.0/20)
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 48 runs
AFG 198/5
Bat Top Batsmen
87 (45)
  • 6x4s
  • 7x6s
  • 193.33SR
55 (38)
  • 6x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 144.73SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
4
OVERS
38/2
R/W
Bowler
ECON 10.75
4
OVERS
43/2
R/W
ZIM 150/7
Bat Top Batsmen
44 (37)
  • 4x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 118.91SR
22 (14)
  • 3x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 157.14SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
4
OVERS
28/3
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.50
4
OVERS
14/2
R/W
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That concludes the proceedings from the first T20I. A walk in the park for Afghanistan to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Zimbabwe got outplayed completely and would have to revisit their plans before the next match. The 2nd game of the series is on Friday, 19th March 2021, at 1400 local (1000 GMT). Do join us for all the coverage. Cheers!
Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that he is very glad with his performance, personally, and is also happy to begin the series with a win. Further adds that he was only playing for the team and was not looking at his own score and hopes that he can get to his 100 in the next game.
Asghar Afghan, the skipper of Afghanistan, says that winning the first game of the series is very important as it helps your morale. Praises the opening pair and their partnership and adds that later on, he himself played his shots. Mentions that they managed to post a big total on the board. States that Rashid, Karim and Farid are very experienced in this format and showed their talent in this match.
Sean Williams, the Zimbabwe skipper, says that winning the toss was a big thing but their execution was not there today and Gurbaz hit the ball well and the Afghanistan opening stand did really well. On leaking 66 in the Powerplay, he says that it is hard to come back when you concede so many runs but feels that he is happy with a few certain areas, like bowling at the death, and he is looking forward to the next game. On the extras that were bowled, he stresses that the execution was poor today and in such a short format of the game, it should not happen.
Rashid Khan comes up for a quick chat. Says that it was a good win for them and it's always good to start the series with a win. Feels it was a good total on this wicket and praises the efforts of Gurbaz and Afghan. Shares that he just tries to bowl in good areas and gets the result. States that in the past, Hamza did well with the new ball and it's always good to have that kind of back-up in absence of Mujeeb. Mentions that as a bowler you always need a good total on the board and as long as the batsmen are taking the responsibility, it's good for the bowlers. Feels whenever batsmen do their job, it becomes easy for the bowlers. Smiles and says that he would love to bat more and unfurl his unorthodox shots.
It was a very clinical show by the Afghans. Despite missing some key players, their batting turned the heat with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Asghar Afghan doing the maximum damage. And when their turn came with the ball, their pacers and spinners joined hands to not let the Zimbabwe batsmen settle down. Eventually, it was a one-sided affair with Afghanistan proving to be too hot to handle for Zimbabwe. Rashid Khan's four overs were strategically kept for the last 10 overs and the leggie didn't disappoint by picking three wickets. A word of praise of Karim Janat and Farid Malik also, they bowled with good accuracy and finished with two wickets apiece. Stay tuned for the presentation...
A thumping win for Afghanistan! Their batters did an amazing job in the afternoon to post a total close to 200 and then their bowlers joined the party and didn't allow Zimbabwe off the hook. The openers of the touring team did provide them with a good start but it was on the slower side. They would have hoped to capitalize on the start but the wickets started to tumble after that and no batsman stood there to steer the African team out of troubled waters.
Over 20 : 150/7
10 Runs
  • 619.1
  • 119.2
  • 019.3
  • 219.4
  • 119.5
  • 019.6
B. Mavuta
10 (8)
D. Tiripano
6 (7)
F. Malik
4-0-31-2
19.6
0
Farid Malik To Brandon Mavuta
Misses the cheeky shot this time, does Mavuta. It is a slower ball outside off, Mavuta looks to reverse lap this over third man but is beaten for pace. That is the game for Afghanistan, they have been clinical throughout the game. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 48 RUNS!
19.5
1
Farid Malik To Donald Tiripano
Short ball on his body, Donald looks to cut it away but does not middle it, the ball goes to mid off for a single.
19.4
2
Farid Malik To Donald Tiripano
Short ball outside off and cut away over covers for a couple.
19.3
0
Farid Malik To Donald Tiripano
Slower bouncer, this. Farid saw Tiripano backing away to the leg side and bowls a slower bouncer outside off. Tiripano looks to cut it away but then decides not to reach for it.
19.2
1
Farid Malik To Brandon Mavuta
Short ball on off and Mavuta pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
19.1
6
Farid Malik To Brandon Mavuta
SIX! This is wonderfully done by Mavuta! Walks across to a full delivery outside off and scoops it towards fine leg boundary for a maximum.
Over 19 : 140/7
4 Runs
  • 018.1
  • 118.2
  • 018.3
  • 1 LB18.4
  • 118.5
  • 118.6
B. Mavuta
3 (5)
D. Tiripano
3 (4)
K. Janat
4-0-14-2
18.6
1
Karim Janat To Brandon Mavuta
On a good length around off, heaved away to deep square leg for a single now. With 59 needed in the last over, the game is truly done, in the favor of Afghanistan.
18.5
1
Karim Janat To Donald Tiripano
Around off, fuller, worked to deep cover for a single.
18.4
lb
Karim Janat To Brandon Mavuta
Leg bye. On the middle and leg pole, BM's attempt to flick is missed and the ball takes the pads and rolls to the leg side. A leg bye is sneaked in.
18.3
0
Karim Janat To Brandon Mavuta
Yorker on middle, Brandon Mavuta gets his bat down quick and keeps this one out. Wanted a single but is sent back by his partner.
18.2
1
Karim Janat To Donald Tiripano
Good length on off, pushed through mid on for a single now.
18.1
0
Karim Janat To Donald Tiripano
On a good length outside off, punched to the off side.
Over 18 : 136/7
5 Runs
  • 117.1
  • 1 WD17.2
  • W17.2
  • 117.3
  • W17.4
  • 017.5
  • 217.6
B. Mavuta
2 (2)
D. Tiripano
1 (1)
R. Khan
4-0-28-3
17.6
2
Rashid Khan To Brandon Mavuta
Fuller ball outside off, Mavuta pushes it past point for a couple.
17.5
0
Rashid Khan To Brandon Mavuta
Short of a length outside off, Mavuta cuts it to covers.
17.4
W
Rashid Khan To Wesley Madhevere OUT!
OUT! LBW! That is plumb! Rashid fires a quicker delivery on the stumps and Wesley, who is looking to sweep it away gets beaten and is rapped on the pads. Easy decision for the umpire. Brandon Mavuta walks in next.
17.3
1
Rashid Khan To Donald Tiripano
Flatter ball on the pads, worked to long on for a single.
17.2
W
Rashid Khan To Richmond Mutumbami OUT!
OUT! TIMBER! Googly does the trick again, a length delivery around off and Richmond has a wild slog at it. The bat is nowhere near the ball and the furniture is disturbed behind. Closing things well is Rashid. Donald Tiripano is in next to face the music.
17.2
wd
Rashid Khan To Richmond Mutumbami
Wide! Length ball going down the leg side.
17.1
1
Rashid Khan To Wesley Madhevere
RUN OUT APPEAL! Flighted delivery on the pads, Wesley works it towards square leg. Mutumbami wants a second and was almost halfway down the pitch, he is sent back by Wesley. A better throw would have brought curtains on his innings.
Over 17 : 131/5
8 Runs
  • 116.1
  • W16.2
  • 016.3
  • 116.4
  • 216.5
  • 416.6
R. Mutumbami
15 (9)
W. Madhevere
1 (2)
F. Malik
3-0-21-2
16.6
4
Farid Malik To Richmond Mutumbami
FOUR! Delicately done. On a good length and around off, this is worked cheekily over the short third man fielder, into the third man ropes. 68 needed in the last 3 overs, does not look achievable, honestly.
16.5
2
Farid Malik To Richmond Mutumbami
Length and outside off, punched through point and the batters collect a couple, as the man in the deep, runs to his left and stops the ball.
16.4
1
Farid Malik To Wesley Madhevere
Around off, on a good length, nudged to square leg for a single.
16.3
0
Farid Malik To Wesley Madhevere
Fuller and around off, pushed to the fielder at covers.
20 OV
10 Runs
F. Malik to B. Mavuta D. Tiripano
  • 619.1
  • 119.2
  • 019.3
  • 219.4
  • 119.5
  • 019.6
19 OV
4 Runs
K. Janat to D. Tiripano B. Mavuta
  • 018.1
  • 118.2
  • 018.3
  • 1 LB18.4
  • 118.5
  • 118.6
18 OV
5 Runs
R. Khan to W. Madhevere R. Mutumbami D. Tiripano B. Mavuta
  • 117.1
  • 1 WD17.2
  • W17.2
  • 117.3
  • W17.4
  • 017.5
  • 217.6
17 OV
8 Runs
F. Malik to R. Mutumbami S. Raza W. Madhevere
  • 116.1
  • W16.2
  • 016.3
  • 116.4
  • 216.5
  • 416.6
16 OV
10 Runs
R. Khan to S. Raza R. Mutumbami
  • 115.1
  • 215.2
  • 415.3
  • 1 LB15.4
  • 115.5
  • 115.6
15 OV
2 Runs
K. Janat to R. Burl R. Mutumbami S. Raza
  • 014.1
  • 014.2
  • W14.3
  • 114.4
  • 114.5
  • 014.6
14 OV
5 Runs
R. Khan to T. Kamunhukamwe R. Burl S. Raza
  • W13.1
  • 113.2
  • 213.3
  • 113.4
  • 013.5
  • 113.6
13 OV
12 Runs
Naveen to S. Raza T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 412.1
  • 412.2
  • 112.3
  • 012.4
  • 212.5
  • 112.6
12 OV
9 Runs
R. Khan to S. Raza T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 011.1
  • 111.2
  • 211.3
  • 111.4
  • 411.5
  • 111.6
11 OV
3 Runs
K. Janat to T. Kamunhukamwe S. Williams S. Raza
  • 110.1
  • 010.2
  • W10.3
  • 010.4
  • 110.5
  • 110.6
10 OV
15 Runs
M. Nabi to T. Kamunhukamwe S. Williams
  • 29.1
  • 19.2
  • 19.3
  • 19.4
  • 49.5
  • 69.6
9 OV
6 Runs
K. Janat to S. Williams T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 08.1
  • 08.2
  • 18.3
  • 18.4
  • 08.5
  • 48.6
8 OV
9 Runs
M. Nabi to S. Williams T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 17.1
  • 17.2
  • 17.3
  • 47.4
  • 17.5
  • 17.6
7 OV
5 Runs
F. Malik to S. Williams T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 06.1
  • 16.2
  • 16.3
  • 06.4
  • 16.5
  • 26.6
6 OV
8 Runs
A. Hamza to T. Kamunhukamwe S. Williams
  • 15.1
  • 05.2
  • 1 LB5.3
  • 15.4
  • 15.5
  • 45.6
5 OV
8 Runs
F. Malik to T. Musakanda T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 44.1
  • 14.2
  • 04.3
  • 1 WD4.4
  • 14.4
  • W4.5
  • 14.6
4 OV
10 Runs
A. Hamza to T. Kamunhukamwe T. Musakanda
  • 4 B3.1
  • 13.2
  • 03.3
  • 03.4
  • 13.5
  • 43.6
3 OV
12 Runs
Naveen to T. Musakanda T. Kamunhukamwe
  • 62.1
  • 02.2
  • 32.3
  • 12.4
  • 12.5
  • 12.6
2 OV
6 Runs
A. Hamza to T. Kamunhukamwe T. Musakanda
  • 01.1
  • 11.2
  • 01.3
  • 11.4
  • 01.5
  • 41.6
1 OV
3 Runs
Naveen to T. Kamunhukamwe T. Musakanda
  • 00.1
  • 00.2
  • 10.3
  • 00.4
  • 10.5
  • 10.6
Match Info
  • Venue Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Weather Bright and Sunny
  • Toss Zimbabwewon the toss and elected to field
  • Result Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 48 runs
  • Player of the Match Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Umpire Aleem Dar (PAK), Izatullah Safi (AFG) and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (AFG)
  • Referee Hamim Khan (AFG)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 198/5 in 20.0 overs
  • A Afghan 4th T20I Fifty: 55 runs in 37 balls (6x4) (2x6)
  • Afghanistan 150/1 in 13.5 overs
  • Afghanistan 100/1 in 9.4 overs
  • R Gurbaz 3rd T20I Fifty: 50 runs in 26 balls (6x4) (2x6)
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 66/0
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 51 off 27 balls between R Gurbaz (41) and K Janat (10)
  • Afghanistan 51/0 in 4.3 overs
  • Zimbabwe 150/7 in 19.5 overs
  • Zimbabwe 102/2 in 12.2 overs
  • Zimbabwe 50/1 in 6.5 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Zimbabwe 47/1
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