Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.30 pm Well, that was comprehensive. Afghanistan's bowlers began with menacing discipline, and that meant the biggest threat - Hamilton Masakadza was out in the fourth over - then they squeezed the middle order with an array of spin. Rashid Khan was especially good with his length, his chance of pace and his variations. Four overs, three wickets, only 11 runs. Admittedly a lot of this victory was set up by the batsmen, Nabi and Sami pulled them up from 63 for 4 to 186. But the variety and the options they have in their bowling attack should threaten a few more Full Members. Inzi comes out shaking his hand, throwing his head back and laughing. Sami and Shahzad jump up and bump hips. It's all hunky dory for them.

"I am very happy with my performance, specially in this main match and it was a tough game in the qualifying round," says Man of the Match Mohammad Nabi. "The start was very good, the way Shahzad played in the first five overs. It was quite good. Then the three wickets put us under pressure, the coach [Inzamam-ul-Haq] told me to take singles until the 14th over and then the last six can be used for the big hits. On that kind of pitch, 150 could be a winning target. But if you have wickets in hand, you can go for more. On these kinds of pitches, I'm a bowler first [smiles]"

"This match was very important for Afghanistan, the people wanted use to play in the World Cup. They love cricket back home," says captain Asghar Stanikzai, "Shahzad started very well, we played a few poor shots, but Sami and Nabi played very well. After a long time, our middle order has performed. Thanks to the people for praying for us."

"They played a lot better than us, they outplayed us in every facet of the game," says Hami M, "From the moment they hit is out in the powerplay, we were struggling. Nothing went to plan"

So that's a wrap here, do jump over to the other scorecard, to see how Scotland and Hong Kong fare in their final match here at the World T20

Hitesh: "Well done Afghanistan!! Mighty impressive and again they proved they're Zimbabwe's nemesis..will be interesting to see if they can spring an upset or two later"

Asghar Afghan to Chatara, OUT, and he does get a wicket in the end. Captain has his little bit of fun and seals the match off. Afghanistan storm into the Super 10s. Big old slog from Chatara and the long-on fielder settles beneath it, and just inside of the ropes. Holds on to a simple catch and makes sure he doesn't topple over either

TL Chatara c Shafiqullah b Asghar Afghan 8 (5m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

Dawlat Zadran to Chatara, FOUR runs, length on off stump, Chatara chips it over the mid-on fielder. Good shot. One of the best Zimbabwe have played all night
Dawlat Zadran to WP Masakadza, OUT, chopped onto his stumps. It was very full, and just wide of off stump, Wellington looks to slice it to third man but ends up directing his own downfall

WP Masakadza b Dawlat Zadran 6 (18m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Gulbadin Naib to Panyangara, SIX runs, length ball on off stump, Panyangara heaves it over long-on. Huuuuuge.
Gulbadin Naib to Panyangara, SIX runs, slower ball, short ball, Panyangara backs away and thumps it over long-on

Gulbadin Naib to get some bowling practice

DF: "If Maxwell plays that shot, everyone calls him a genius" -- Fair point that.

Dawlat Zadran to WP Masakadza, FOUR runs, short and outside off, Wellington seemed like he was looking for a pull shot, instead he has found the point boundary. Excellent connection for a mis-hit but the problem is that's only their fourth four of the innings
Dawlat Zadran to Tiripano, OUT, slower short ball on middle, patted towards point for a single. There's a direct hit from Shenwari, so the third umpire comes into the frame again. And of all the things to do, he hasn't ground his bat. It seems like the bat is raised even if he had reached his crease. Kind of typifies Zimbabwe's performance. Should have been a simple single, even if it wouldn't have mattered in the context of the game.

DT Tiripano run out (Samiullah Shinwari) 2 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Hamid Hassan to Sikandar Raza, OUT, wanders outside off to pull off a scoop, but he's the one that's been scooped by Hamid. Slower ball means Raza is put in a pretty bad place. Couldn't adjust to the lack of pace and once he'd allowed the bowler free pass to hit the stumps, Hamid simply keeps to the basics

Sikandar Raza b Hamid Hassan 15 (21m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

Pradeep: "Difference among spinners between both teams so far: Zim - 10 Overs - 71/1 Afg - 10 Overs - 54/4"

Rashid Khan to Chigumbura, OUT, straight up and swallowed up. Rashid, take a bow. Pitched it full, didn't give the batsman any room but Chigumbura had to hit out. Looked for the slog, but he has mistimed it terribly. Long-on takes a simple catch

E Chigumbura c Shafiqullah b Rashid Khan 10 (10m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Samiullah Shinwari to Chigumbura, SIX runs, ooh dear, he's lobbed up a big full toss and Chigumbura has hammered it miles over the midwicket boundary
Rashid Khan to Williams, OUT, through him, stumped him, Afghanistan are bossing this! And would you look at Shahzad, he knew it straight away and it wasn't even close enough to go to the third umpire it would seem. Williams may have misread the googly going for the slog sweep. He usually lunges forward to play that shot, and it looks like his back leg strayed too far. Shahzad even does a little bit of a robot while celebrating. Move over, gangnam.

SC Williams st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 13 (20m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

Utseyalitharan: "it looks as if Zimbabwe is warming up for test cricket . Send Chigimbura up the order, shake things up and go out fighting "

Vusi: "T20 leagues have done wealth of goods to likes of nabi ryan ten poterfield and bryan brothers. They have talent need some polish"

Samiullah Shinwari to Williams, FOUR runs, swats it, and finds the midwicket boundary. Look at the reach! Big front foot stride, then loads of intent into the shot.
Samiullah Shinwari to Waller, OUT, he'd beaten him with a beauty last over, now he's castled him. Poor footwork from Waller. Plants an open face inside the line of the ball - essentially not accounting for the turn which Sami's been getting consistently in this spell. Should have been far more forward, should have played with a straighter bat. He didn't and the off stump pays the price

MN Waller b Samiullah Shinwari 7 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Samiullah Shinwari to Waller, no run, how did that miss off stump?. Waller was stuck in the crease so he made it look a lot more venomous that it was. Pitches on a good length on middle and leg, turns, squares the batsman up, beats his outside edge and the stumps too
Mohammad Nabi to Mutumbami, OUT, picks out deep midwicket! These things happen in a tall chase. Rank long hops end up as wicket-taking deliveries as Mutumbami finds out. His pull found Najib like it was a postcard addressed to him. With love.

R Mutumbami c Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 10 (19m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Rashid Khan to Sibanda, OUT, oh, Afghanistan have a Star Man too. Rashid Khan spreads his hands wide, the forefinger stretched out and a big smile on his face after hoodwinking the batsman into top-edging a sweep. Sibanda falls after a 21-ball 13. Just what you didn't need in a knockout match chasing 187. Hamid Hassan completes the formalities

V Sibanda c Hamid Hassan b Rashid Khan 13 (31m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.90

Samiullah Shinwari to Mutumbami, FOUR runs, too short, too far down leg, too sloppy. Mutumbami goes back and pulls it very fine. That's all he had to do
Samiullah Shinwari to Mutumbami, FOUR runs, a little more flight on this and Mutumbami gets down low and slugs it wide of mid-on

Rana sajid: "I believe zim can chase it, they need overall strike of 155. In other words each batsmam need 20 runs on 12 balls, quite achiveable. Zim you have to do this." ---- Ha, if only cricket was as simple as math. I can't believe I just said that

Hamid Hassan to H Masakadza, OUT, bingo! That wicket has been brought about by the pressure, not so much by the delivery. Only one boundary so far in the Powerplay and Hami M takes it upon himself to change that. Goes for a dirty old slog to a pretty decent delivery - full and straight - he misses, Hamid hits

H Masakadza b Hamid Hassan 11 (16m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 157.14

Dawlat Zadran to H Masakadza, SIX runs, 126kph, picked up and dropped off into the stands at deep square leg. It was a length ball so he could get under it.

Men's T20 World Cup News

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

26H MasakadzaV Sibanda
17V SibandaR Mutumbami
4SC WilliamsR Mutumbami
12SC WilliamsMN Waller
6SC WilliamsSikandar Raza
25E ChigumburaSikandar Raza
5Sikandar RazaWP Masakadza
3DT TiripanoWP Masakadza
20T PanyangaraWP Masakadza
9T PanyangaraTL Chatara

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