Zimbabwe end Afghanistan's 12-match winning streak as Hamilton Masakadza bows out

Hamilton Masakadza bows out
Hamilton Masakadza bows out
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It was Hamilton Masakadza's last international match and he played like it, slamming 71 runs from 42 deliveries at a strike rate of almost 170.


Match Summary 

Afghanistan 155-8

Zimbabwe 156-3

Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets 



Batting first, Afghanistan got off to a great start with wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai batting sensibly. They cashed in on the boundary balls as both batted at a strike rate of around 130. Hazratullah was finally dismissed in the 10th over to open the door for Zimbabwe.

Chris Mpofu then showed his magic and picked up four wickets to go along with the two wickets from Tinotenda Mutombodzi as no one in the Afghanistan middle or lower order could make a substantial contribution and the team could only manage 155.

Having already been pushed out of the final's race after three defeats from three matches, Zimbabwe batted freely in this game with the skipper taking charge. It was Hamilton Masakadza's last international match and he played like it, slamming 71 runs from 42 deliveries at a strike rate of almost 170.



With contributions from Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams, Zimbabwe chased down the total with three balls remaining and broke Afghanistan's winning streak of 12 T20Is.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan and picked up two wickets.

Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Chris Mpofu

Afghanistan- Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Fazal Niazai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran

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