Player of the Match
Player of the Match

8.40pm Wow, what a sensational comeback that has been from Afghanistan. Who'd have thunk? Their bowlers have dominated and put on a show for a global audience on Christmas Day. Defending 131, early wickets were a must and they picked em up before the dinner break. Amir Hamza took one in his first over and Ashraf took two in an over to keep this game interesting. however, thee post-dinner period was thoroughly dominated by Hamza and Nabi who ran through the middle order in spectacular fashion. Absolutely delirious scenes among the Afghanistan players and staff and why not? Zimbabwe were poor, they had no answers to spin and got themselves in a hole, just like the Afghanistan batsmen. Chigumbura looked in control during his innings but things fell away following his dismissal.

Amir Hamza is the Man of the Match: "The captain told me 'to bowl wicket to wicket and if an opportunity is there, don't miss out'. Inzy and Prabhakar also told me not to miss an opportunity. We have been here for a week, we have trained. We have a strong domestic structure which gets better day by day.

Asghar Stanikzai: "A low-scoring match and of course we are very happy. Wicket is very good for spin, spinners had to support the bowler. We know this wicket. Very good game for Noor. Some poor shots and we have to improve.

Elton Chigumbura: "I thought we started well, at one stage we thought they would score 270. Cremer and Wellington bowled well, disappointing with the bat. Me and Moor got in, we are the ones who lost this game, we didn't take it home. We have to polish our mistakes. It's not about the toss, its about how you play the spinners if you play them well you are bound to win the game. We have 2-3 days to ensure we polish our mistakes today."

Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, OUT, gone! He has been given. Afghanistan win. What a performance from the bowlers. A slider on middle and leg, the ball skids on and hits TM on the pad in front of leg, the umpire had no hesitation and delirious scenes as Afghanistan go 1-0 up. Stumps are uprooted and fists are pumped, Zimbabwe are distraught.

T Muzarabani lbw b Amir Hamza 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, fired full and quick on leg, TM shuffles across and miss his flick, very very close to leg stump there.

Lots of chat

Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, full and flat on off, dug out
Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, slowed up and wide outside off, TM guides one down on the bounce to first slip
Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, flighted on off, TM goes to the pitch to block

PrashanthLV: "Counterattacking is a risk, stay rock solid at the crease till last 5 overs, runs will come on its own. "

30 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 82/9 (50 runs required from 19.1 overs, RR: 2.73, RRR: 2.50)

  • Taurai Muzarabani2 (3b)
  • Graeme Cremer12 (22b)
  • Mohammad Nabi5-0-15-3
  • Amir Hamza7-2-17-3
Mohammad Nabi to Muzarabani, 1 run, Cremer goes for the run, slower outside off, played towards short third man where a run is completed
Mohammad Nabi to Muzarabani, no run, tossed up down leg, may have clipped the pad on the way to the keeper. Shahzad goes up immediately but rightly not given.
Mohammad Nabi to Cremer, 1 run, a touch too short on leg, clipped to deep square leg

Zakir: "From here onward it seems very difficult but not impossible for Zim although its very close to victory for Afghanistan."

Mohammad Nabi to Muzarabani, 1 run, flatter outside off, off the outside half towards short third man for one

What a resounding performance this has been from the bowlers, but the job isn't over yet. Here is last man Muzarabani. Nabi and Stanikzai have a chat.

Mohammad Nabi to Masakadza, OUT, gone! Zim nine down. Wellington goes for the sweep but the ball bounces a touch and takes the top edge. Spoons up for short fine leg to take. Zimbabwe have capitulated here.

WP Masakadza c Yamin Ahmadzai b Mohammad Nabi 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The fielders surround the batsman. A slip and silly point

Mohammad Nabi to Cremer, 1 run, slower on middle and leg, worked away towards backward square leg

29 | (wicket maiden) | ZIM: 78/8 (54 runs required from 19.1 overs, RR: 2.68, RRR: 2.57)

  • Wellington Masakadza0 (5b)
  • Graeme Cremer10 (20b)
  • Amir Hamza7-2-17-3
  • Mohammad Nabi4-0-11-2
Amir Hamza to Masakadza, no run, big appeal, not given! Good decision, slid on with the arm and beat the outside edge outside off
Amir Hamza to Masakadza, no run, pushed wider of the crease, the ball spins a mile but Wellington follows the ball and turns to square leg

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1CJ ChibhabhaPJ Moor
2nd10CR ErvinePJ Moor
3rd1R MutumbamiPJ Moor
4th35E ChigumburaPJ Moor
5th17E ChigumburaSikandar Raza
6th0MN WallerSikandar Raza
7th0MN WallerLM Jongwe
8th14AG CremerLM Jongwe
9th1AG CremerWP Masakadza
10th3AG CremerT Muzarabani