1st T20I, Abu Dhabi, Mar 17 2021, Afghanistan v Zimbabwe
(20 ov, target 199)150/7
Afghanistan won by 48 runs
Player Of The Match
87 (45)
end of over 2010 runs
ZIM: 150/7CRR: 7.50 
Brandon Mavuta10 (8)
Donald Tiripano6 (7)
Fareed Ahmad 4-0-31-2
Karim Janat 4-0-14-2

That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the Player of the Match.

Gurbaz: If you start like that, it looks good for the series. So I am really happy. I was trying to play for the team and not for myself. Hopefully, I will get a hundred in the next game.

Asghar Afghan: The first game of the series is very important. If you win, the morale is high. Today Rahmanullah and Janat partnership was good and later on I saw the ball and played my shots. In T20 cricket, our bowlers have lot of experience as they play lots of league and today also they showed it.

Sean Williams: Winning the toss was a big thing but Gurbaz batted really well. Hit the ball really cleanly and fast. His opening partner played a crucial role as well and then skipper too. Our execution with the ball was poor and tt was very difficult to come back from that. We haven't had much training leading into the T20I series but our death bowling was really good.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Rashid Khan: It was a good win for us, it's always nice to start the series with a win. Asghar and Co did well with the bat and we just kept it simple with the ball. Hamza has the experience with the new ball. So it's always good to have that kind of back-up with Mujeeb not there. As a bowler, you need a good total on the board and when you have 160-plus or 170-plus, it makes it easier for you.

5.24pm A thumping 48-run win for Afghanistan even though Zimbabwe showed fight with the bat. But it was their bowlers who had let them down in the first half, allowing Afghanistan to post a mammoth 198 for 5. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the star of the game, scoring 87 off just 45 balls, hitting seven sixes and six fours during his stay.

Fareed Ahmad to Mavuta, no run

short of length outside off, goes for the reverse pull but fails to connect

Fareed Ahmad to Tiripano, 1 run

short of length around off, backs away and throws his bat at it. Bounces towards short extra cover

Fareed Ahmad to Tiripano, 2 runs

short of length outside off, backs away and lobs it over covers

Fareed Ahmad to Tiripano, no run

slower short one outside off. Tiripano was backing away and couldn't reach to the ball in the end

Fareed Ahmad to Mavuta, 1 run

short of length outside off, pulls it towards wide long-on. One bounce to the fielder

Fareed Ahmad to Mavuta, SIX runs

moves across and scoops it over short fine leg and it carries all the way for a six

Fareed Ahmad, around the wicket

end of over 194 runs
ZIM: 140/7CRR: 7.36 RRR: 59.00
Brandon Mavuta3 (5)
Donald Tiripano3 (4)
Karim Janat 4-0-14-2
Rashid Khan 4-0-28-3
Karim Janat to Mavuta, 1 run

short of length outside off, pulls it towards deep square leg

Karim Janat to Tiripano, 1 run

fuller outside off, drives it towards sweeper cover

Karim Janat to Mavuta, 1 leg bye

length ball down the leg side, misses the flick but gets a leg-bye

Karim Janat to Mavuta, no run

a brilliant yorker on the leg stump, looks to hit it on the leg side but gets an inside edge on to the pads

Karim Janat to Tiripano, 1 run

slower length ball outside off, pulls it towards wide long-on

Karim Janat to Tiripano, no run

starts with a full delivery outside off, pushed towards covers