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
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"
he has a big smile on his face even as the ball slipped out of his hands. I actually think he was surprised by the fact that he got to the ball, did Dawlat running a long way to his right from short third man.
there's a slow short one, pulled to deep square leg
lobs up a loopy full toss on middle, pushed to long-on
Asghar Stanikzai to bowl the final over. This is a bit of insult to injury, really
a little upper cut too when Dawlat goes short and offers a little width
length on off stump, Chatara chips it over the mid-on fielder. Good shot. One of the best Zimbabwe have played all night
spears a yorker on middle stump with that slingy kind of action, Chatara manages to keep it out
fuller ball outside off, Chatara is hiding from it outside leg side and swishes at it. Beaten easily
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
fires into the blockhole on leg stump, inside edged behind square leg
flails against a slower delivery again and fails to connect with the pull
he was backing away to swat a short ball as hard as he can. But it was so slow that he had to hold his pose, for at least two whole seconds, stop himself from falling away too far on the leg side and then make contact. Bunted over the bowler
goes short and cramps the batsman, Panyangara pulls to deep midwicket
length ball on off stump, Panyangara heaves it over long-on. Huuuuuge.
nails the yorker on middle and off, Panyangara can only dig it out
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.
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
spears in a yorker just outside off, Wellington digs it 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.
back of a length on off stump, patted back to the bowler
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||Afghanistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 531|
|Hours of play (local time)||15:00 start First Session 15.00-16.25, Interval 16.25-16.45, Second Session 16.45-18.10|
|Match days||12 March 2016 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 2, Zimbabwe 0|
An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
A story of little errors and muddled execution
The magic of Afghanistan
|DT Tiripano||run out||2||4|
|T Panyangara||not out||17||7|
|Extras||(lb 11, w 4)|
|Total||127(10 wkts; 19.4 ovs)|