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1st Test, Abu Dhabi, March 02 - 03, 2021, Afghanistan v Zimbabwe
131 & 135
(T:17) 250 & 17/0

Zimbabwe won by 10 wickets

Player Of The Match
1/4, 105 & 1/28
Afghanistan 1st Innings
Zimbabwe 1st Innings
Afghanistan 2nd Innings
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Afghanistan 1st Innings 
b Muzarabani011000.00
c Musakanda b Nyauchi3141715075.60
c †Chakabva b Muzarabani68131075.00
c Sikandar Raza b Nyauchi1223392052.17
b Nyauchi514271035.71
c †Chakabva b Tiripano3770896052.85
c †Chakabva b Muzarabani1336482036.11
c Kasuza b Sikandar Raza34268007.14
not out 1635523045.71
c Tiripano b Williams1750014.28
c Williams b Muzarabani0712000.00
Extras(b 4, nb 2, w 1)7
TOTAL47 Ov (RR: 2.78)131
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Abdul Malik, 0.1 ov), 2-8 (Rahmat Shah, 2.2 ov), 3-37 (Munir Ahmad, 9.6 ov), 4-52 (Ibrahim Zadran, 13.1 ov), 5-69 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 15.3 ov), 6-91 (Asghar Afghan, 26.5 ov), 7-109 (Afsar Zazai, 33.4 ov), 8-122 (Abdul Wasi, 43.2 ov), 9-123 (Yamin Ahmadzai, 44.5 ov), 10-131 (Zahir Khan, 46.6 ov)
0.1 to Abdul Malik, out first ball! Golden duck for the debutant. Back of a length, just outside off, but moving in - off the deck. Tries to ride the bounce and defend, but it takes an edge before crashing into the stumps. 0/1
2.2 to Rahmat Shah, edged and taken! And this is the big wicket Zimbabwe would've wanted. Fullish, just outside off. Rahmat presses forward to defend. Ball moves slightly away, takes a thin edge, and goes into the safe hands of the keeper.. 8/2
26.5 to Asghar Afghan, pays the price for trying to fish at it! Fullish, just outside off stump. Chooses to stick the bat out, when he could've left it. Takes a tiny outside edge, into the keeper's gloves, and the captain has to walk back. 91/6
46.6 to Zahir Khan, and Muzarabani ends it with a catch in the slips. His fourth wicket, and he's ended the innings for Afghanistan. Zahir looked all at sea in this over and Muzarabani finally got it in the right spot, on the stumps and moving across him a touch, the familiar poke comes out, takes the outside edge and flies to the fielder.. 131/10
9.6 to Munir Ahmad, interesting - is that a bump ball/clean catch? Zimbabwe think it's out. This was overpitched, Wide outside off, Munir tries to drive. Hits the bat and lobs into the hands of first slip. Batsman thinks it might have been a bump ball or maybe it wasn't a clean catch, so he stands his ground. Umpire gives soft signal out but asks the TV umpire to review. Confirmed OUT, and the extra deliveries due to the two no balls end up in a wicket. 37/3
13.1 to Ibrahim Zadran, edged and taken by gully. That's not a shot he'll want to watch on the replay. Went for a booming cover drive to a full ball outside off that moved a touch away after swinging in. Got a healthy edge that flew to the fielder, who takes it reverse cup in front of him.. 52/4
15.3 to Hashmatullah Shahidi, castled. That's a beauty of a delivery. Inswinging yorker from around the wicket, and he plays all over it, as the ball bursts through his defences to shatter the stumps.. 69/5
33.4 to Afsar Zazai, he raises the finger! A good innings comes to a close. A wicket, perhaps, against the run of play. Full, on middle. He tries to defend inside the line of the ball. Takes the edge, and straight to the keeper.. 109/7
44.5 to Yamin Ahmadzai, he's holed out to mid-on. Given some air, fuller ball, he takes a stride out and the intention is to get it over the in-field, but the ball goes off the inside half of his bat and plops to mid-on for a fairly comfortable catch. 123/9
43.2 to Abdul Wasi, inside edge taken by short leg. Raza has given this a pleasing loop, it dips and bounces, Wasi is not fully forward to defend, he's only half-cock. The ball bounces higher than he would have anticipated while turning, takes the inside shoulder of the bat to pop up. Easy catch completed.. 122/8
Zimbabwe 1st Innings 
lbw b Amir Hamza1549681030.61
b Yamin Ahmadzai034000.00
b Amir Hamza722361031.81
c Hashmatullah Shahidi b Amir Hamza10517427310060.34
lbw b Amir Hamza012000.00
c Abdul Malik b Amir Hamza4362765069.35
lbw b Ibrahim Zadran822320036.36
c Abdul Malik b Zahir Khan4471936161.97
c Ibrahim Zadran b Zahir Khan4781057.14
not out 1217362070.58
b Amir Hamza055000.00
Extras(b 2, lb 8, nb 1, w 1)12
TOTAL72 Ov (RR: 3.47)250
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Kevin Kasuza, 0.4 ov), 2-22 (Tarisai Musakanda, 9.2 ov), 3-38 (Prince Masvaure, 14.4 ov), 4-38 (Wessly Madhevere, 14.5 ov), 5-109 (Sikandar Raza, 31.6 ov), 6-137 (Ryan Burl, 40.2 ov), 7-212 (Regis Chakabva, 61.6 ov), 8-224 (Donald Tiripano, 63.4 ov), 9-250 (Sean Williams, 71.1 ov), 10-250 (Victor Nyauchi, 71.6 ov)
0.4 to KT Kasuza, cleaned him up. Inswinging yorker that has just gone through him. Kasuza was looking to flick this through midwicket, but it moved away after swinging in and splattered the stumps.. 5/1
9.2 to TK Musakanda, beautiful! Full, just outside off but angling in with the arm. He tries to defend from around middle and off stump, but plays inside the ball's line. Past the edge, and crashes into off stump.. 22/2
14.4 to PS Masvaure, hits the back leg and the appeal for lbw is given! Full, just outside off, and he tries to defend from middle thinking it will turn. It goes with the arm, hits the back leg, in front of off stump. This would've crashed into middle. 38/3
14.5 to W Madhevere, appeal for lbw first ball, and given! He's on a hat-trick. Length ball just outside off stump and skidding through. He wants to nudge it to the leg side but the ball zips right through, goes past the bat's edge (which is quite small at this stage because he's closed it's face), and hits his front leg. Impact may just have been outside off, but there's no DRS. A 50-50 decision that goes the bowling side's way. 38/4
31.6 to Sikandar Raza, he's sliced it to deep point. Tossed up wide outside off and Raza was looking skittish for some reason, he went for it hard, but it was a little too far outside off, and he only slices it in the air. Fielder lurking there and he takes it safely. 109/5
71.1 to SC Williams, strikes immediately, tossed up fuller on the legs and flicked straight to the fielder, Hashmatullah at short midwicket. A wonderful knock comes to an end.. 250/9
71.6 to VM Nyauchi, another wicket for Hamza, pitches and goes straight on to hit the top of the off stump, as Nyauchi played down the wrong line, picks up his 6th wicket.. 250/10
61.6 to RW Chakabva, caught at short leg. Zahir has broken the stand. Nice loop and he gets it on the right length too, drawing Chakabva forward to defend. Pitches on off and spins enough to take the inside edge, go onto pad and lob up for an easy catch close in. End of a fine innings. 212/7
63.4 to DT Tiripano, caught by short leg. Got him pressing on the front foot to defend, but this was on that perfect length again - such a dangerous bowler when his length is right - and Tiripano's forward lunge could still not get him to the pitch of the ball. Dips, spins enough to get the inside edge that lobs up to the fielder off the pad.. 224/8
40.2 to RP Burl, strikes second ball, nips in from round the wicket, strikes the pad in line, seems a bit high, loud appeal and given.. 137/6
Afghanistan 2nd Innings 
c †Chakabva b Tiripano7614518310052.41
c †Chakabva b Nyauchi038000.00
lbw b Muzarabani110150010.00
lbw b Nyauchi0613000.00
c Madhevere b Nyauchi47101057.14
lbw b Williams045000.00
b Muzarabani1415232093.33
b Burl928391032.14
not out 2147761144.68
c Williams b Tiripano012000.00
c Nyauchi b Tiripano078000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, w 5)10
TOTAL45.3 Ov (RR: 2.96)135
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Abdul Malik, 1.3 ov), 2-6 (Munir Ahmad, 4.5 ov), 3-15 (Rahmat Shah, 7.2 ov), 4-21 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 9.5 ov), 5-21 (Afsar Zazai, 10.4 ov), 6-47 (Asghar Afghan, 16.1 ov), 7-81 (Abdul Wasi, 24.6 ov), 8-129 (Ibrahim Zadran, 43.4 ov), 9-129 (Yamin Ahmadzai, 43.5 ov), 10-135 (Zahir Khan, 45.3 ov)
4.5 to Munir Ahmad, lovely delivery fuller, Munir plays down the wrong line and misses it, strikes the pad in line, loud appeal and given.. 6/2
16.1 to Asghar Afghan, gone through him. Asghar was stuck in the crease and Muzarabani pitched this full and got it to jag back in sharply. Big gap between bat and pad and the ball zooms through it to knock the stumps over.. 47/6
1.3 to Abdul Malik, another duck for Malik! nips in from short of a length and takes the outside edge as Malik played back, taken by Chakabva.. 5/1
7.2 to Rahmat Shah, slower ball traps him in front. Dips in late and Rahmat was too early into the shot, playing completely down the wrong line. Falling over as he looked to turn that square, but the ball curved in dramatically to him low on the pad in front of the stumps. 15/3
9.5 to Hashmatullah Shahidi, short ball does it That is excellent from the bowler, not so much from the batsman. Followed the full one with a short ball that was rising up to his throat and the batsman can't resist having a go at that. He's not in perfect position, not well balanced, and the hook gets a top edge. Madhevere at deep square leg has to run to his right and dive forward, he does both superbly to hold on.. 21/4
10.4 to Afsar Zazai, and he's caught him at slip or is it lbw? Peach of a ball from Williams - he can't do much wrong today can he? - and he gets his man. Given a nice rev, has him coming forward to defend, pitches on middle and spins past the bat, takes the edge and into slip's hands. In fact, the ball has hit his back pad too, and in line with the stumps, so it is in fact lbw because it is pad first and then bat. 21/5
43.4 to Ibrahim Zadran, edged behind and his vigil has ended. Zadran had a couple of iffy shots, possibly tiredness setting in. This was full and well outside off, on a sixth stump line, he tried to drive it, bat well away from body and feet not really moving, only got a bit of a tickle behind that the keeper gobbles up. End of a fine innings.. 129/8
43.5 to Yamin Ahmadzai, gone first ball, caught at second slip. A super catch, and it's Sean Williams who's the fielder. The delivery is too good for a No.10. Pitches on a length and straightens outside off, the batsman can't help following with his hands and it flies off the shoulder of the bat. Williams flings himself to his right and grabs it.. 129/9
45.3 to Zahir Khan, it's all over. Zahir backs away to try and slog this into the offside, but gets it off the end of the bat and the ball swirls high rather than far, and straight to mid-off.. 135/10
24.6 to Abdul Wasi, lovely delivery to knock the off stump, pitches outside the leg stump and turns past the bat as Wasi plays down the wrong line.. 81/7
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings (T: 17 runs)
not out 58151062.50
not out 1112152091.66
Extras(lb 1)1
TOTAL3.2 Ov (RR: 5.10)17/0
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Tue, 02 Mar - day 1 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 133/5 (Sean Williams 54*, Ryan Burl 8*, 39 ov)
Wed, 03 Mar - day 2 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 17/0 (3.2 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
  • Zimbabwe: 150 runs in 42.5 overs (258 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 190/6 in 54.0 overs (SC Williams 72, RW Chakabva 36)
  • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (SC Williams 14, RW Chakabva 36, Ex 3)
  • Zimbabwe: 200 runs in 56.5 overs (342 balls), Extras 9
  • Lunch: Zimbabwe - 237/8 in 67.0 overs (SC Williams 97, B Muzarabani 8)
  • SC Williams: 100 off 169 balls (9 x 4)
  • Zimbabwe: 250 runs in 70.4 overs (425 balls), Extras 12
  • Innings Break: Zimbabwe - 250/10 in 72.0 overs (B Muzarabani 12)
  • Afghanistan 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Afghanistan - 15/3 in 7.2 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 9)
  • Tea: Afghanistan - 49/6 in 18.0 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 23, Abdul Wasi 2)
  • Afghanistan: 50 runs in 18.5 overs (113 balls), Extras 5
  • Ibrahim Zadran: 50 off 87 balls (7 x 4)
  • Afghanistan: 100 runs in 32.6 overs (198 balls), Extras 8
  • Drinks: Afghanistan - 112/7 in 36.2 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 64, Amir Hamza 10)
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan - 135/10 in 45.3 overs (Amir Hamza 21)
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultZimbabwe led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2413
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days2,3, March 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee