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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe - 2nd T20I

Series: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2018
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time: 06 February 2018

Zimbabwe 141/5 (20 Ovs) CRR: 7.05 | Afghanistan won by 17 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Solomon Mire bowled Mujeebbowled Mujeeb2500
Hamilton Masakadza c Stanikzai & b Mujeebc Stanikzai & b Mujeeb293032
Brendan Taylor c Mujeeb & b Nabic Mujeeb & b Nabi151610
Sikandar Raza lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan402651
Ryan Burl c Shafiqullah & b Rashid Khanc Shafiqullah & b Rashid Khan303020
Malcolm Waller Not OutNot Out6700
Peter Moor Not OutNot Out12611
Graeme Cremer dnbdnb0000
Kyle Jarvis dnbdnb0000
Tendai Chatara dnbdnb0000
Blessing Muzarabani dnbdnb0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 4, w 3, nb 0)
Total 141 (5 Wkts, 20 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Zadran4 0 21 2 5.25
Aftab Alam4 0 29 0 7.25
Gulbadin Naib3 0 34 0 11.33
Sharafuddin Ashraf2 0 6 0 3
Mohammad Nabi3 0 24 1 8
Rashid Khan4 0 23 2 5.75
Mohammad Shahzad0 0 0 0 0
Karim Sadiq0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Stanikzai0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran0 0 0 0 0
Shafiqullah Shafiq0 0 0 0 0



Zimbabwe (From): Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Brendan Taylor(w), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer(c), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chisoro, Brian Vitori, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara

Afghanistan (From): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Nasir Jamal, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Samiullah Shenwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shapoor Zadran

So, Afghanistan with this 2-0 whitewash, move to the eighth place in the T20I rankings going over Sri Lanka. They just keep getting better and their spinners have played a huge role in their success. That's all we have from this match. We'll be back for the ODI series starting from Friday. Can Zimbabwe bounce back? Do join us to find out. Until then, it's a goodbye from all of us down here.

22:25 Local Time, 18:25 GMT, 23:55 IST: A superb performance from Afghanistan. The batsmen posted a par-score of 158 and that was enough for their spinners. Masakadza did hit a couple of boundaries, but couldn't convert it into something substantial. At the halfway stage, the Zimbabweans were 62/3. That's when Ryan Burl and Raza joined hands. They were involved in a fifty partnership, but Stanikzai had Rashid Khan's overs up his sleeves and the leg-spinner didn't disappoint the captain. Bowling four overs on the trot from the 13th over, the 19-year-old was at his economical best. He picked the wickets of Raza and Burl to finish with figures of 4-0-23-2.

Aftab Alam to Moor, 1 run, back of a length delivery, heaved away to deep backward square leg for a single. Afghanistan win by 17 runs and they seal the series 2-0!
Aftab Alam to Moor, SIX, that's been muscled down the ground! A very full ball, Moor stays deep in the crease and bludgeons it over the bowler's head for a maximum
Aftab Alam to Waller, 1 run, low full toss outside off, carved over covers
Aftab Alam to Moor, leg byes, 1 run, moves leg-side and misses the flick against this in-angling pitched up delivery. Hits the back leg and dies down on the off-side
Aftab Alam to Moor, FOUR, short ball, Moor pulls it away square leg for a boundary. Too late!
Aftab Alam to Moor, no run, good ball. A yorker length delivery wide of off, Moor backs away and hence can't reach out

Six balls left, 31 needed!

Rashid Khan to Waller, no run, a quick googly and Waller is hurried into the pull shot. Gets hit high on the thigh pad. Too high!
Rashid Khan to Waller, 2 runs, googly on middle and leg, Malcolm Waller pulls it behind square leg and Moor is almost at the other end. Waller wasn't keen on the second. The former had given up and didn't bother to run back. However, the throw from the deep was a wild one. Was flung well over the keeper and that allows Waller to return back for a brace
Rashid Khan to Moor, 1 run, heaved away to the right of long-on. Just a single
Rashid Khan to Waller, 1 run, dropped! Waller clears his front leg to slap this length ball to cover. It went quickly to the fielder, where Asghar Stanikzai puts it down. He apologises to the bowler

Peter Moor, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, out Caught by Shafiqullah!! Gone! Rashid Khan dismisses Ryan Burl - the big wicket. The left-hander perishes trying to play the big shot. A quicker ball around off, Burl swings across the line and gets a top-edge that goes miles up in the air. Shafiqullah, at long-on, moves to his left, settles under it and gobbles it up. Ryan Burl c Shafiqullah b Rashid Khan 30(30) [4s-2]

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, 2 runs, fetches from outside off and miscues the swipe to the left of long-on. Two taken

37 needed in two overs!

Aftab Alam to Ryan Burl, 1 run, very full and outside off, Burl toe-ends the drive towards mid-off
Aftab Alam to Waller, 1 run, backs away and slaps a length ball to the left of cover, who is quick to cut it off. Just a single
Aftab Alam to Ryan Burl, 1 run, low full toss, Burl loses his shape as he goes hard against it. Just a single as the ball rolls to long-on
Aftab Alam to Ryan Burl, no run, good yorker length, right in the blockhole and on the stumps, Burl digs it out
Aftab Alam to Ryan Burl, 2 runs, swung away to the left of long-on. Burl decides to go for the second and makes his ground. A direct hit at the keeper's end would have made things interesting. The TV umpire was called - NOT OUT
Aftab Alam to Ryan Burl, 2 runs, short ball, Burl stands tall to heave it through square leg. The deep mid-wicket slides across and mops it up

Aftab Alam [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

Zimbabwe need 44 off 18 balls!

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, 1 run, reverse-swept to sweeper cover. A wicket and five runs off the over
Rashid Khan to Waller, 1 run, pushes to cover-point
Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, 1 run, Shafiq did well to cover the distance, but the ball popped up as he fell on the ground. A drop! Burl toe-ends the lofted on-drive. The long-on fielder ran in and dove forward to go for the catch. Will go down as a chance
Rashid Khan to Waller, leg byes, 1 run, another wrong 'un, Waller misses the tickle and the ball rolls to fine leg off the pad

Malcolm Waller, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Raza, out Lbw!! A huge shout for lbw and the umpire raises the finger. Rashid knew that was out as soon as Raza was struck on the front pad. Raza plonks his left leg across and tries to play the reverse sweep. Misses it as the ball spun back in. The only thing that could have saved him was impact. Looked adjacent to the off-pole. That's plumb. Raza lbw b Rashid Khan 40(26) [4s-5 6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Raza, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, 1 run, quick leg-break, worked through square leg
Nabi to Raza, no run, flat, quick and quick. The line was outside off and Raza fails to put bat on ball after backing away
Nabi to Raza, 2 runs, in-turner, Raza nurdles it through mid-wicket and comes back for the second
Nabi to Ryan Burl, 1 run, swipes a length ball to deep mid-wicket and that brings up the 50-run stand between the duo
Nabi to Ryan Burl, no run, Burl backs away to play the cut shot. The ball skid through wide of off and went underneath the bat of Burl
Nabi to Raza, 1 run, short of length delivery, Raza gets a top-edge on his pull shot. Nabi runs to his right, but falls in front of him in the vacant mid-wicket region
Nabi to Raza, FOUR, was there an edge there? A chance? Away-drifter outside off, Raza goes for the booming drive and gets a faint outside edge that goes wide of MS. Third man is inside the circle and he can only watch the ball go past the boundary rope

Mohammad Nabi [2.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

Five overs to go. 57 to win.

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, FOUR, full and just outside off, Burl reverse-sweeps it between short third man and backward point. Superb placement. Nine runs off the over
Rashid Khan to Raza, 1 run, gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep backward square leg
Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl, 1 run, leg-break on middle and leg, worked around the corner
Rashid Khan to Raza, 1 run, quicker googly, Raza dabs to short third man


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