Najibullah Zadran And Muhammad Nabi Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 21 runs in Harare on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the T20 International Series. The tourists won the toss and elected to bat. The third and final T20 match is scheduled for Tuesday in which Afghanistan chased the White Ball Tour sweep after winning the ODI series 3-0.
“The Zimbabwean players batted very well, especially (Alexander) Raza and (Masoom) Kaya. When Rashid Khan took Raza’s wicket, it was the most important thing for us,” Captain Nabi told AFP. Because he changed the game, “Captain Nabi told AFP.
“(Bowler Nazit Masood) has been great for the last few years – he has been playing very well in the domestic league and T20 league. He deserves to be part of the national team.”
Zimbabwe’s top scorer Kaya, who scored his first half-century, cheered despite the loss.
“We bowled well today and used our power play well. We lost wickets here and there, but I think we were in the game. We just need to fix our middle order batting – we have to strike. Boundary Options. I am happy to make my first half-century because I have faced some of the best spinners in the world like Rashid and Nabi.
They are Indian Premier League players, so I consider them positive.
Zadran scored 70 for the fourth wicket with captain Nabi before being run out on the first ball of the last over. He continued on Saturday where he left off, when his unbeaten 44 gave Afghanistan a six-wicket victory in pursuit of a thrilling run.
His 57 off 46 balls on Sunday included six fours and a six. It was the 30-year-old left-hander’s seventh half-century.
The captain and all-rounder was faster and more aggressive than Nabi Zadran, scoring two runs off one ball in an unbeaten 43-run innings which included a four and four sixes.
Right hand fast medium pacer Tendai Chitara Zazai and fellow openers were Zimbabwe’s most successful bowlers to take wickets. Rahmanullah Garbaz (1). In reply, opener Kaya performed brilliantly, batting from the start of the innings till the second last ball and was run out for 54 runs.
Was involved in a profitable partnership with Tadiwanshe Marumani (30) and Raza (41) who offered a ray of hope that Zimbabwe could win and level the series.
But he was always behind on the run rate and when Raza Khan had 14 balls left and Zimbabwe were bowled clean 136-4, there was devastation.
Rashid was the most successful bowler who bowled 2-32 in four overs.
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