Recent Match Report – Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2nd T20I 2022
Afghanistan 170 for 5 (Najibullah 57, Nabi 43*, Chatara 2-33) beaten Zimbabwe 149 for 7 (Kaia 54, Raza 41, Rashid 2-32, Farooqi 1-19) by 21 points
When Raza joined Kaia, Zimbabwe were 66 to 3 in the 11th, with the request rate swelling towards 11. Raza briefly stung him by throwing four sixes – all in the arc between the deep midwicket and the long wide . The streak even included a max slide on Rashid.
Returning to the attack in the 18th, Rashid saw Kaia hoist him over the midwicket for four. Three balls later, Rashid unleashed a fizzy error that castled an advancing Raza. When Burl finished, the match was almost over for Zimbabwe.
Earlier, Farooqi made the first breakthrough by pinning Wessley Madhevere in front with a slower cutter. Captain Nabi singled out Farooqi for particular praise during the post-match presentation, calling him a “game changer”. Farooqi’s Player of the Match award bolsters his T20 reputation: he’s only played 11 T20s so far, but already has gigs in the IPL, BPL and T10 league under his belt.
Nabi himself had made a significant contribution to Afghanistan’s victory, after going 22-43 unbeaten with 1 for 18 in two overs.
When Nabi was out at bat, Afghanistan were teetering at 88 for 4 in the 13th, with Darwish Rasooli also retiring injured in the 12th. Nabi had a slow start – he was on 7-for-8 at one point – but picked up the tempo to hit three sixes and a four on his next six balls to give Afghanistan’s innings the final momentum he needed.
Nabi hit six more in the final over, beaten by Tendai Chatara, to bring Afghanistan up 170 for 5. He hit a 70-run stand with Najibullah on just 40 balls. Najibullah raised his second consecutive half-century and seventh overall in T20Is. Thirty-eight of his 57s came against the spin.
Despite the early loss to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan were aggressive at the top, managing 51 power-play points. Hazratullah Zazai was responsible for 28 of these, giving a strike rate of 215.38.
Chatara and Luke Jongwe made inroads into the lineup before Nabi and Najibullah took center stage. Legspin-bowling all-rounder Burl was Zimbabwe’s most economical bowler, returning 1 for 15 from his three overs a day after claiming 3 for 14 in the last game. Zimbabwe, however, eventually slid to their fourth consecutive defeat, which put their preparation for next month’s T20 qualifier in some disarray.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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