Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 2nd Test Day 4: Zimbabwe save innings defeat but still in deep trouble
Zimbabwe survived and innings defeat and lead Afghanistan by 8 runs at the close of play on day 4 of the 2nd Test today, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, thanks to some stubborn resistance by Sean Williams 106* and Donald Tiripano 63*.
Afghanistan 545/4d (160.4 ov)
Zimbabwe 287/10 (91.3 ov) & *266/7 (106 ov)
Close of Play Day 4 - Zimbabwe lead by 8 runs
Sean Williams (106*) and Donald Tiripano (63*) have put up an unbroken 124-run eighth-wicket stand to take Zimbabwe to 266/7 at stumps.— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2021
They have taken a lead of 8?? runs and live to fight another day.#AFGvZIM ?? https://t.co/Go0bOAx1vG pic.twitter.com/qx05Al45xt
How the Match has Unfolded
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat.
Afghanistan batted superbly today, in stark contrast to their batting in the 1st Test, with Ibrahim Zadran 72, Hashmatullah Shahidi 86* and Asghar Afghan 106* all in the runs.
It was tough going for the Zimbabwe bowlers in the field, with Victor Nyauchi 1-73 and Ryan Burl 1-34 the wicket takers and Rahmat Shah run out by RW Chakabva / TK Musakanda.
Hashmatullah Shahidi completed a brilliant unbeaten double century, moments before Afghanistan declared at 545/4d (160.4 ov), putting them firmly in control.
Zimbabwe again found it tough going in field, against the now inform Afghanistan batsmen, until Afghanistan declared on 545/4d (160.4 ov) - Hashmatullah Shahidi 200* and Asghar Afghan 164 the stars with the bat.
Afghanistan 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Javed Ahmadi - 1.3 ov), 2-56 (Rahmat Shah - 14.2 ov), 3-121 (Ibrahim Zadran - 41.5 ov), 4-428 (Asghar Afghan - 132.4 ov)
In reply, Zimbabwe were 50/0 at the close of play on Day 2, trailing by 495 runs.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 287/10 (91.3 ov) in their 1st innings and were asked to bat again by Afghanistan. Zimbabwe were *24/0 (13 ov), at the close of play - trailing by 234 runs.
Sikandar Raza (85) and Prince Masvaure (65) top scored for Zimbabwe and Sayed Shirzad 2-48, Amir Hamza 3-73 and Rashid Khan 4-138 were the stars with the ball for Afghanistan, in the 1st innings.
Zimbabwe would have to bat all day on the 4th day, and some, to have any chance of saving the Test.
Zimbabwe Fall of wickets 1st Innings: 1-91 (Kevin Kasuza - 30.1 ov), 2-133 (Prince Masvaure - 45.2 ov), 3-145 (Sean Williams - 49.3 ov), 4-145 (Wesley Madhevere - 49.4 ov), 5-186 (Tarisai Musakanda - 61.5 ov), 6-189 (Ryan Burl - 62.5 ov), 7-242 (Regis Chakabva - 75.4 ov), 8-251 (Donald Tiripano - 80.5 ov), 9-287 (Blessing Muzarabani - 91.2 ov), 10-287 (Sikandar Raza - 91.3 ov)
Zimbabwe were just 8 runs ahead of Afghanistan at the close of play with 3 wickets in hand - Rashid Khan 5-105 was the key bowler for Afghanistan and Sean Williams 106* and Donald Tiripano 63* the stars with the willow for Zimbabwe, saving a possible innings defeat today and, potentially , going on tomorrow to save the match – who knows? It’s a funny old game……
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Prince Masvaure - 26.6 ov), 2-46 (Kevin Kasuza - 27.4 ov), 3-101 (Tarisai Musakanda - 49.4 ov), 4-102 (Wesley Madhevere - 50.3 ov), 5-140 (Sikandar Raza - 61.1 ov), 6-140 (Ryan Burl - 61.5 ov), 7-142 (Regis Chakabva - 63.2 ov)
Afghanistan - Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Afsar Zazai(wk), Asghar Afghan(c), Shahidullah Kamal, Rashid Khan, Hamza Hotak, Sayed Shirzad
Zimbabwe - Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams(c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva(wk), Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi
Start Time: 05:30
Toss: Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Officials: Ahmed Pakteen, Aleem Dar, Ahmed Durrani, Bismillah Shinwari, Ranjan Madugalle
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