gone! He has been given. Afghanistan win. What a performance from the bowlers. A slider on middle and leg, the ball skids on and hits TM on the pad in front of leg, the umpire had no hesitation and delirious scenes as Afghanistan go 1-0 up. Stumps are uprooted and fists are pumped, Zimbabwe are distraught.
8.40pm Wow, what a sensational comeback that has been from Afghanistan. Who'd have thunk? Their bowlers have dominated and put on a show for a global audience on Christmas Day. Defending 131, early wickets were a must and they picked em up before the dinner break. Amir Hamza took one in his first over and Ashraf took two in an over to keep this game interesting. however, thee post-dinner period was thoroughly dominated by Hamza and Nabi who ran through the middle order in spectacular fashion. Absolutely delirious scenes among the Afghanistan players and staff and why not? Zimbabwe were poor, they had no answers to spin and got themselves in a hole, just like the Afghanistan batsmen. Chigumbura looked in control during his innings but things fell away following his dismissal.
Amir Hamza is the Man of the Match: "The captain told me 'to bowl wicket to wicket and if an opportunity is there, don't miss out'. Inzy and Prabhakar also told me not to miss an opportunity. We have been here for a week, we have trained. We have a strong domestic structure which gets better day by day.
Asghar Stanikzai: "A low-scoring match and of course we are very happy. Wicket is very good for spin, spinners had to support the bowler. We know this wicket. Very good game for Noor. Some poor shots and we have to improve.
Elton Chigumbura: "I thought we started well, at one stage we thought they would score 270. Cremer and Wellington bowled well, disappointing with the bat. Me and Moor got in, we are the ones who lost this game, we didn't take it home. We have to polish our mistakes. It's not about the toss, its about how you play the spinners if you play them well you are bound to win the game. We have 2-3 days to ensure we polish our mistakes today."
fired full and quick on leg, TM shuffles across and miss his flick, very very close to leg stump there.
Lots of chat
full and flat on off, dug out
slowed up and wide outside off, TM guides one down on the bounce to first slip
flighted on off, TM goes to the pitch to block
PrashanthLV: "Counterattacking is a risk, stay rock solid at the crease till last 5 overs, runs will come on its own. "
Cremer goes for the run, slower outside off, played towards short third man where a run is completed
tossed up down leg, may have clipped the pad on the way to the keeper. Shahzad goes up immediately but rightly not given.
a touch too short on leg, clipped to deep square leg
Zakir: "From here onward it seems very difficult but not impossible for Zim although its very close to victory for Afghanistan."
flatter outside off, off the outside half towards short third man for one
What a resounding performance this has been from the bowlers, but the job isn't over yet. Here is last man Muzarabani. Nabi and Stanikzai have a chat.
gone! Zim nine down. Wellington goes for the sweep but the ball bounces a touch and takes the top edge. Spoons up for short fine leg to take. Zimbabwe have capitulated here.
The fielders surround the batsman. A slip and silly point
slower on middle and leg, worked away towards backward square leg
big appeal, not given! Good decision, slid on with the arm and beat the outside edge outside off
pushed wider of the crease, the ball spins a mile but Wellington follows the ball and turns to square leg
quicker but straight, Wellington gets some bat on his block
slower outside off, driven to cover
premeditated sweep. Slower offspinner outside off, the batsman goes across and tries to sweep but the ball is pulled back, an awkward paddle ensues
54 to win for Zim but only two wickets in hand, either a partnership or a counterattacking cameo is a must at this point for Zim. Afghanistan are all over the batsmen.
wow, beauty. Hamza does it again, goes wider of the crease and pitches on middle, that angle created made Jongwe defend down the line, but the ball spun and gripped in the wicket to take the off stump. Stunning delivery, and what a timely one at that. Zim now eight down, with lots of work to do.
runs! Important runs! Nabi drops one short and on leg too. Cremer goes back quickly and pummels a pull to backward square leg
floated up on middle and leg, blocked
punched back to the bowler