result
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)
rahmanullah-gurbaz
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• Firdose Moonda

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan put Afghanistan 1-0 up

Afghanistan have now won nine out of 10 T20Is against Zimbabwe

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Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan198/5(20 overs)
Zimbabwe150/7(20 overs)
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.

19.6
Fareed Ahmad to Mavuta, no run

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

19.5
1
Fareed Ahmad to Tiripano, 1 run

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

19.4
2
Fareed Ahmad to Tiripano, 2 runs

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

19.3
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

19.2
1
Fareed Ahmad to Mavuta, 1 run

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

19.1
6
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
18.6
1
Karim Janat to Mavuta, 1 run

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

18.5
1
Karim Janat to Tiripano, 1 run

fuller outside off, drives it towards sweeper cover

18.4
1lb
Karim Janat to Mavuta, 1 leg bye

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

18.3
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

18.2
1
Karim Janat to Tiripano, 1 run

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

18.1
Karim Janat to Tiripano, no run

starts with a full delivery outside off, pushed towards covers

end of over 185 runs • 2 wickets
ZIM: 136/7CRR: 7.55 RRR: 31.50
Brandon Mavuta2 (2)
Donald Tiripano1 (1)
Rashid Khan 4-0-28-3
Fareed Ahmad 3-0-21-2

Sampath points out that Mohammad Nabi hasn't picked a wicket in his last 12 T20I innings, the longest wicketless streak for any player in this format.

17.6
2
Rashid Khan to Mavuta, 2 runs

fuller outside off, pushed square of the wicket, beats the point fielder for a couple

17.5
Rashid Khan to Mavuta, no run

length outside off, cuts it towards cover-point

17.4
W
Rashid Khan to Madhevere, OUT

fuller on the stumps, goes for the slog sweep and misses. Is hit right in front of the middle, low on the pads. And that's an easy decision for the umpire

Wessley Madhevere lbw b Rashid Khan 2 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
17.3
1
Rashid Khan to Tiripano, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, pushes it towards long-on

17.2
W
Rashid Khan to Mutumbami, OUT

castled. It's another googly. Goes for the slog sweep and misses it completely

Richmond Mutumbami b Rashid Khan 15 (20m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150
17.2
1w
Rashid Khan to Mutumbami, 1 wide

googly but pitching on length and spinning down

17.1
1
Rashid Khan to Madhevere, 1 run

googly around off, flicked towards backward square leg and they are looking to come back for the second. Sent back in time as the short fine leg was quick to the ball and firs the throw to the keeper, who whips the bails off. But Mutumbami just made it

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 131/5CRR: 7.70 RRR: 22.66
Richmond Mutumbami15 (9)
Wessley Madhevere1 (2)
Fareed Ahmad 3-0-21-2
Rashid Khan 3-0-23-1
16.6
4
Fareed Ahmad to Mutumbami, FOUR runs

slower one, short outside off. Steers it between the short third man and the wicketkeeper

Best performances - batters
Rahmanullah player portrait
Rahmanullah Gurbaz AFG
87 runs (45)
6 fours
7 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
on drive
15 runs
0 four
2 sixes
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Asghar Afghan portrait
Asghar Afghan AFG
55 runs (38)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control63%
Productive shot
pull
19 runs
3 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Rashid Khan player portrait
Rashid Khan AFG
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Karim Janat player portrait
Karim Janat AFG
O
4
M
0
R
14
W
2
ECO
3.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossZimbabwe, elected to field first
SeriesAfghanistan v Zimbabwe
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Series resultAfghanistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 1134
Match days17 March 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
Afghanistan Image
Izatullah Safi
TV Umpire
Afghanistan Image
Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Reserve Umpire
Afghanistan Image
Ahmed Shah Durrani
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle