BULAWAYO: Afghanistan recorded another historic first with a 2-0 Twenty20 International series clean as they bet Zimbabwe by five wickets in the second match here at the Queens Sports Club on Wednesday.
Opener Usman Ghani and all-rounder Gulbadin Naib led Afghanistan’s charge as they chased down Zimbabwe’s tough looking 190 for 7 with one ball to spare.
Ghani weathered a fierce short-ball assault from Zimbabwe’s fast bowlers to rush to his first T20 half-century, and after he departed, Naib picked up where he left off, marshaling the second half of the chase and registering his maiden fifty in the process.
The Afghans’ efforts meant that Sean Williams’ quickfire 54, which equalled the Zimbabwean record for the fastest T20 fifty, went in vain.
Last week, Afghanistan won the fifth ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to claim the five-match rubber 3-2.
Afghan young cricket team has been appearing a hope for Afghan spectators in a very short tenure. This made the cricket lovers shock when they see the speedy performance of Afghan heroes in the world of cricket.
Suliman Khan: I am proud of my players, they really played well and we hope they will sustain their performance in the future, too.
Shapoon Zadran, the fan of Afghan cricket team added while talking to the Afghan Tribune: “I have no words to explain the jubilation as bestowed by our national team heroes. I can only say that they are the honor of our country and we hope that they will bring prosperity to our disappointed people.”
ZIMBABWE 190-7 in 20 overs (Sean Williams 54, Richmond Mutumbami 43, Elton Chigumbura 33; Dawlat Zadran 2-24, Amir Hamza 2-26, Gulbadin Naib 2-40); AFGHANISTAN 191-5 in 19.5 overs (Usman Ghani 65, Gulbadin Naib 56 not out; Chamu Chibhabha 2-37).
Web Desk | Published: October 29, 2015 02:20 PM