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
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."
dropped short on middle, pulled towards deep midwicket
low full toss on middle, reverse-slapped away past backward point
another slog and a miss outside off
slides on middle, reverse lapped to short third man
MS belts out an appeal for caught behind not given. Googly outside off, slog and a miss
quick googly, inside-edged to short fine leg
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
banged in short, pulled behind square
floaty full toss, flashed to cover
down the track and weakly driven past the bowler to mid-off
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
whipped off the hips to deep midwicket
reverse-swept four wide of backward point. Zimbabwe cross MS's 118
flat and full, whipped through midwicket
slog-sweep and a miss again! Rashid nails the off stump now! Fired straight on off. Hamilton goes across the line and does not connect. He has added some respectability to the chase, though
slog-sweep and a miss outside off against a legbreak
slogged from outside off to long-on
dug in short, mis-hit pull to deep square