2nd T20I (N), Sharjah, Jan 10 2016, Zimbabwe tour of United Arab Emirates
(18.1/20 ov, target 216)134
Afghanistan won by 81 runs
Player Of The Match
118* (67) & 2 stumpings
Player Of The Series
151 runs

11:30pm: MS plucks out a stump as a souvenir and roars. Stanikzai gets the side together and toasts the win. It was MS who set up the big victory, smashing the fourth-highest score in T20s. He had the crowd jiving and grooving to his tunes during his record century, which contained ten fours and eight sixes. The ever-mounting scoreboard pressure then told on Zimbabwe who were reduced to 34 for 5 inside six overs. Hamilton and Moor lent some resistance, but the result by then was a foregone conclusion.

Stanikzai collects another trophy and Afghanistan rejoice! Inzy joins the celebrations as well. The players go on a lap of honour, thanking the fans. That rounds off a bumper Sunday. Many thanks for tuning in and sending mails. Until next time, goodbye and good night

Samrat Ahuja: "Aghanistan players proving yet again they belong to the biggest stage. Top effort from Shahzad."


Stanikzai: It is our fourth series win against them. Phenomenal performance by the guys in the series. Rashid and youngsters have been outstanding throughout the series. In next ten years, I can say Afghanistan will beat any side. Special thanks to the crowd who came and supported us.

Chigumbura: For some of the guys new in the team, it is a good challenge. The way Shahzad batted was outstanding. We did not have any answers. We will have to move forward to the next series. We miss the senior players but PJ (Moor) batted well as a youngster. We will have to do the basics well; we dropped too many catches today. The conditions will be similar in Bangladesh. We will have to make sure we start well in Bangladesh.

Shahzad (who else?) is the Man of the Match. He scoops the Man-of-the-Series award as well

Shahzad: This is my favorite ground, Sharjah, and I like batting here. There is no plan. I want to hit every ball out of the boundary. I have got used to Zimbabwe's bowlers. The leg-side boundary is small. I talked with the captain and we thought 150 would be enough. We will try to do well in Asia Cup as well as World Cup.

Kev: "Mazakadsa the lone warrior.Zim lacked collective strength again."

Hamdard Hamdull: "Congratulations to Afghanistan for a big win and beating Zim in another series. Afghanistan will only get better from here."

anshul depura: "this whole season has been a big disappointment for Zim but good to see how Hamilton stepped up today."

Amir Hamza to Tiripano, 1 run, OUT

Afghanistan thump Zimbabwe and take the series 2-0! They add the T20 trophy to the ODI trophy. Slid on middle, Tiripano edges an attempted reverse-sweep to short third man. They go for the second via an overthrow, the fielder (Naib) throws the stumps down at the bowler's end. Chisoro is too lazy, he does not bother to ground his bat. He did not get his foot down either

Tendai Chisoro run out (Gulbadin Naib) 10 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 142.85


end of over 189 runs
ZIM: 133/9CRR: 7.38 RRR: 41.50
Tendai Chisoro10 (7)
Donald Tiripano1 (1)
Rashid Khan 4-0-22-1
Sayed Shirzad 4-0-31-2
Rashid Khan to Chisoro, 2 runs

dropped short on middle, pulled towards deep midwicket

Rashid Khan to Chisoro, FOUR runs

low full toss on middle, reverse-slapped away past backward point

Rashid Khan to Chisoro, no run

another slog and a miss outside off

Rashid Khan to Chisoro, 2 runs

slides on middle, reverse lapped to short third man

Rashid Khan to Chisoro, no run

MS belts out an appeal for caught behind not given. Googly outside off, slog and a miss

Rashid Khan to Tiripano, 1 run

quick googly, inside-edged to short fine leg

end of over 175 runs • 2 wickets
ZIM: 124/9CRR: 7.29 RRR: 30.66
Tendai Chisoro2 (2)
Sayed Shirzad 4-0-31-2
Rashid Khan 3-0-13-1
Sayed to Cremer, OUT

full and angling away outside off, Cremer targets the leg side with a swipe. He makes a mess of it and skewers it to cover. Ghani calls for it and takes it

Graeme Cremer c Usman Ghani b Sayed Shirzad 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
Sayed to Chisoro, 1 run

banged in short, pulled behind square

Sayed to Chisoro, 1 wide

leg-side wide

Sayed to Cremer, 1 run

floaty full toss, flashed to cover

Sayed to Chisoro, 1 run

down the track and weakly driven past the bowler to mid-off

Sayed to Jongwe, OUT

And Jonge falls! Full and pushed across off, he looks to go over cover. He does not get the required timing, and plops a catch to the captain at cover! Dolly catch

Luke Jongwe c Asghar Stanikzai b Sayed Shirzad 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66
Sayed to Cremer, 1 run

whipped off the hips to deep midwicket