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August 19, 2009
Zimbabwe XI 350 (Taibu 172, Garwe 48, Nabi 3-90) and 446 for 9 dec (Taibu 120, Garwe 117, Mutizwa 56) drew with Afghanistan 427 (Noor 130, Nabi 102, Maruma 6-106) and 211 for 4 (Noor 100*)
Noor Ali compiled his second hundred of the match as Afghanistan secured a draw against Zimbabwe XI in Mutare. Noor joined an exclusive list of players who've scored a century in each innings of a first-class debut - Arthur Morris, Nari Contractor and Aamir Malik are three others who've achieved the feat. Set an improbable 374 to win, Afghanistan ended on 211 for 4 and took first-innings points.
Earlier, after resuming on 267 for 6 Zimbabwe pushed their total to 446 for 9, thanks to No. 8 Trevor Garwe's brisk century. Forster Mutizwa failed to add his overnight score of 56, which left plenty of responsibility on Garwe's shoulders. He found solid support from the tail, adding 83 for the eighth wicket and 94 for the ninth. Garwe was aggressive during his 122-ball knock, smashing 13 fours and four sixes. Once he was dismissed for 117, Tatenda Taibu declared.
The hosts couldn't get the early breakthroughs as the openers motored along in a stand of 103. Noor was unbeaten on 100 by the 45th over, when the captains called off the game. Noor struck 15 fours and a six on his knock, which came off 134 balls.
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