Hamilton Masakadza, one of the longest serving players for Zimbabwe, earlier announced that this will be his last international series
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza led his team to a commanding seven-wicket win against Afghanistan in what was his swansong from international cricket at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Friday.
Masakadza, one of the longest serving players for Zimbabwe, earlier announced that this will be his last international series.
As Zimbabwe were already of the tournament, Friday's match against Afghanistan was his last match in national colors.
Chasing 156 to win, Masakadza scored a match winning 71 off just 42 deliveries with four fours and five sixes.
Masakadza and Brendan Taylor’s opening partnership gave Zimbabwe a good start.
Taylor though departed in the fifth over but Masakadza was flawless from the beginning, playing some outstanding shots all over the ground in his brilliant knock.
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Masakadza got out caught at deep midwicket in the fifth ball of the 13th over against pacer Dawlat Zadran while trying to clear the boundary.
Regis Chakabva contributed 39 at No 4 as Zimbabwe reached their target with three balls to spare.
Earlier, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan elected to bat first and they were off to a blistering start as their opening pair Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai posted 83 for the opening stand in just 9.2 overs.
Zazai was the first batsman to be dismissed for 31 off 24 deliveries, including three fours and two sixes.
But the in-form Gurbaz scored 61 off just 47 balls with four fours and as many maximums.
Afghanistan then faced a mini collapse.
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At one stage, Afghanistan were 83 for no loss but in the next six overs, they managed to score 41 for the loss of five wickets.
Credit goes to Zimbabwe bowlers as they bowled really well in the middle period and checked the scoring options of the strong Afghanistan batting line-up.
In the end, Afghanistan managed to register 155 on the board in their stipulated 20 overs losing eight wickets.
The Afghans added just 33 in their last five overs, and 71 in their last 10.
Experienced fast bowler Chris Mpofu led the way for Zimbabwe as he picked up four wickets conceding 30 runs while Tinotenda Mutombodzi bagged two.
AFGHANISTAN INNINGS R B
Rahmanullah b Williams 61 47
Hazratullah c Mutumbami b Mutombodzi 31 24
Shafiqullah lbw b Mpofu 16 13
Najibullah c Madziva b Mutombodzi 5 8
Nabi c Jarvis b Mpofu 4 2
Naib c Ndlovu b Jarvis 10 7
Niazai c Burl b Mpofu 12 15
Rashid not out 9 6
Asghar c Ndlovu b Mpofu 0 1
Zadran not out 0 0
Extras (b 4, nb 3) 7
Total (20 Overs) 155/8
Fall Of Wickets
1-83 (Hazratullah), 2-107 (Shafiqullah), 3-116 (Rahmanullah), 4-121 (Nabi), 5-124 (Najibullah), 6-140 (Naib), 7-154 (Niazai), 8-155 (Asghar)
Ndlovu 4-0-23-0, Jarvis 3-0-27-1, Williams 4-0-34-1, Mpofu 4-0-30-4, Burl 1-0-13-0, Madziva 1-0-6-0, Mutombodzi 3-0-18-2
ZIMBABWE INNINGS R B
Taylor c Najibullah b Mujeeb 19 17
Masakadza c Nabi b Dawlat 71 42
Chakabva c Rashid b Mujeeb 39 32
Williams not out 21 24
Mutombodzi not out 1 2
Extras (w 5) 5
Total (19.3 Overs) 156/3
Fall Of Wickets
1-40 (Taylor), 2-110 (Masakadza), 3-139 (Chakabva)
Mujeeb 4-0-28-2, Dawlat 3.3-0-27-1, Naib 3-0-19-0, Nabi 4-0-40-0, Rashid 4-0-29-0, Niazai 1-0-13-0
Zimbabwe won by seven wickets
MoM: Chris Mpofu