Player of the Match
Player of the Match
225dThe report by Shashank Kishore

Hamza, Nabi help Afghanistan defend 131

Two halves of contrasting nature brought out all the elements associated with a low-scoring thriller, which Afghanistan clinched by 49 runs as Zimbabwe slumped to 82 all out in Sharjah

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Noor Ali Zadran
Noor Ali Zadran
63(82) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 20 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 5 6 6 3 7 17 15
E Chigumbura
E Chigumbura
28(41) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 2 4 1 2 6 7 5

Best performances - Bowlers

AG Cremer
AG Cremer
O9.5
M2
R20
W5
Eco2.03
RHB
OFFLEG
4W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Amir Hamza
Amir Hamza
O7.5
M2
R17
W4
Eco2.17
RHB
OFFLEG
4W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Afghanistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Afghanistan led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

25 December 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

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."

30.5
W
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

30.4
0
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

30.3
0
Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, full and flat on off, dug out
30.2
0
Amir Hamza to Muzarabani, no run, slowed up and wide outside off, TM guides one down on the bounce to first slip
30.1
0
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. "

END OF OVER:
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
29.6
1
Mohammad Nabi to Muzarabani, 1 run, Cremer goes for the run, slower outside off, played towards short third man where a run is completed

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
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