Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi's six-fest takes Afghanistan to 28-run win over Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe spinners kept things tight in the middle overs but Najibullah Zadran (69*, 30b) and Mohammad Nabi (38, 18b) stuck into the Zimbabwe bowling line-up towards the end, smashing seven sixes off seven consecutive deliveries.
Afghanistan won by 28 runs
A comfortable 28-run victory for Afghanistan!— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2019
A tidy performance from the bowlers but the star of the show was Najibullah Zadran with his unbeaten 69, a knock that featured six sixes. #AFGvZIM SCORECARD ?? https://t.co/cB9DTPraND pic.twitter.com/qwW6d0Yo0k
After Mohammad Shahzad has been banned for one year due to indiscipline and Afghanistan tried Ikram Alikhil in the World Cup, they gave Rahmanullah Gurbaz a chance in this match to make his International debut. The wicketkeeper-batsman opened the innings for Afghanistan and starred with a 24-ball 43 including five fours and two sixes.
Zimbabwe spinners kept things tight in the middle overs but Najibullah Zadran (69*, 30b) and Mohammad Nabi (38, 18b) stuck into the Zimbabwe bowling line-up towards the end, smashing seven sixes off seven consecutive deliveries. Both batted at a strike rate of over 200 to take Afghanistan to 197.
Sean Williams and Tendai Chatara picked up two wickets each but Chatara and Kyle Jarvis were super expensive.
An incredible stand of 107 from Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran takes Afghanistan to 197/5 after 20 overs.— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2019
Najibullah finishes unbeaten on 69 from just 30 balls!#AFGvZIM ?? https://t.co/cB9DTPraND pic.twitter.com/E7HSzxfDqd
Apart from 27 from Brendan Taylor, there was not much contribution from Zimbabwe's top order. 20s from Ryan Burl and Tinotenda Mutombodzi and a fighting 22-ball 42 from Regis Chakabva only reduced the margin of defeat.
Afghanistan clinched the match courtesy of two wickets each from Fareed Malik and Rashid Khan.
Afghanistan- Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najeeb Tarakai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik
Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Tendai Chatara