Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I: Afghanistan win after Gurbaz and Afghan half centuries
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets in the 1st T20I, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, today.
Afghanistan 198/5 (20 ov)
Zimbabwe 150/7 (20 ov)
Result - Afghanistan won by 48 runs.
When opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a match-winning 87 runs it was always going to be an uphill battle for Zimbabwe. Asghar Afghan added another 55 to that leaving Afghanistan in a great position at the end of their innings, finishing on a good score of 198/5.
Zimbabwe started well though, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe adding 44, along with Sean Williams (22) and Sikandar Raza (22). It wasn't quite enough though, Rashid Khan (3-28) making sure Zimbabwe fell short with a quality bowling display along with Karim Janat (2-14) and Fareed Malik (2-31).
AFGHANISTAN: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Asghar Afghan (C), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Amir Hamza, Najibullah Zadran, Fareed Malik
ZIMBABWE: Richmond Mutumbami (WK), Wesley Madhevere, Tarisai Musakanda, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams (C), Brandon Mavuta, Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano
Date - 2021-03-17 10:00 AM
Venue - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Toss - Zimbabwe won the toss & elected to field
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