Zadran Half-Century sets up record win for Afghanistan in T20
Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran reached a splendid half-century when Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28-runs in its first match of the three-nation Twenty20 international tournament in Dhaka on Saturday and sets up a new record in T20 international.
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Najibullah Zadran smashes an undefeated 69-runs off 30 balls, with five boundaries and six massive sixes leading Afghanistan to 197-5 before his bowlers restricted Zimbabwe to 169-7 to match his record of 11 consecutive victories in twenty20 international matches.
Regis Chakabva hit 42 of 22 balls that did not leave for Zimbabwe, but they were late when Afghan bowlers made some progress to take the target beyond reach.
Captain Rashid Khan and left-back sailor Fareed Malik claimed 2-29 and 2-35 respectively, while Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib contributed a wicket.
“To be captain for the first time in T20I and to win, thanks to Allah. They all contributed to batting, bowling and fielding,” Rashid said after the game.
“I think that’s the beauty of Afghanistan’s cricketers who can adjust very quickly according to the format,” Rashid said.
Debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz made 43 of 24 balls and shared 57 runs in the starting position with Hazratullah Zazai (13) after Zimbabwean captain Hamilton Masakadza won the pitch and chose to pitch first.
However, Afghanistan’s innings gained a real boost once Mohammad Nabi joined Zadran to share 107 runs in just 40 balls in a fifth position.
The duo hit six in seven consecutive balls between 17 and 18 to give Afghanistan an imposing total.
Zimbabwe’s captain, Masakadza, lamented the association.
“A disappointing little day, our spinners played very well in the middle, they extracted the turn from the wicket, but Najib and Nabi just took the game away from us,” he said.
“The last two games we don’t run in the back. However, the boys are working very hard,” Masakadza added.
Nabi was the last man in the final ball of the innings after making 38 of 18-balls with four sixes.
Zimbabwe’s Tendai Chatara and Sean Williams claimed two wickets each for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe lost its first match in the three-wick tournament to host Bangladesh on Friday.