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Afghanistan seal T20I series

by Kudakwashe Vhenge

By Trevor Makonyonga

The world’s best T20I team, Afghanistan sailed past through Zimbabwe plainly in the second of a three T20I series with a massive 45 run victory.

Afghanistan came in to bat first and posted 193/5 with Karim Janat (53) and Usman Ghani (49) hitting a 102 second wicket partnership. Zimbabwe had bowled well in the first 15 overs but slacked in the last 4 overs.

Man of the match Mohammad Nabi (40) was also key to the destruction of Zimbabwe as he ended a 12-match wicket drought collecting 2-20.

Blessing Muzarabani, 2-44, was peak of the Zimbabwe bowlers with Ryan Burl, Donald Tipano and Richard Ngarava claiming a wicket each.

In the Zimbabwe innings, the biggest partnership was for 62 runs between Ryan Burl and Richmond Mutumbami.

Zimbabwe suffered from a number collapses at the beginning and end of the innings.

A hattrick over by Rashid Khan made him the third-highest wicket-taker in T20Is. Off Rashid’s bowling in the 16th over, Burl (40) was caught at deep mid-wicket by Usman Ghani. Brandon Mavuta (0) swept to Naveel ul-Haq at long-on and the very last ball of the over, Donald Tiripano was bowled after missing an expensive reverse sweep.

Richmond Mutumbami (21) would feel undone by the umpires as he was dismissed leg before wicket but replays showed otherwise. Since there is no DRS, he had to walk back without a review.

Zimbabwe has a chance to redeem themselves in the last T20I to be played on Saturday.

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