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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe - 1st T20I

Series: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2018
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
Date: 05 February 2018

Afghanistan 121/5 (14.4 Ovs) CRR: 8.25 | Afghanistan won by 5 wkts

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With just one more T20I to go, Zimbabwe need to come back strong tomorrow. Difficult, given they have now lost six out of six T20Is to Afghanistan, but it's certainly not impossible. Looking forward to a better contest tomorrow, ta-ta!

21:58 Local Time, 17:58 GMT, 23:28 IST: Convincing from Afghanistan, despite the fact that they've lost five wickets in a small chase. It was all set up by the bowlers in the first innings, who dragged Zimbabwe from scoring 50 inside 5 overs to just 120/9 in 20 overs. Slower balls from pacers did the trick and then Rashid Khan picked three on a sluggish pitch. Shahzad scored a quickfire 20 on his return from the one-year doping ban and despite wickets falling regularly, Nabi's 27-ball 40 made short work of the chase.

14.5
1
Jarvis to Nabi, wide, short down leg.. that's the win
14.4
4
Jarvis to Nabi, FOUR, full, drilled wide of mid-off
14.3
1
Jarvis to Shafiqullah, 1 run, drags the short ball to long leg
14.2
6
Jarvis to Shafiqullah, SIX, muscles this short ball over deep square leg. 6 needed
14.2
1
Jarvis to Shafiqullah, wide, short and too wide outside off, evading Shafiqullah's upper slash
14.1
0
Jarvis to Shafiqullah, no run, swings across the line of a slower delivery, misses

Kyle Jarvis [3.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack

13.6
6
Muzarabani to Nabi, SIX, short down leg, Nabi helps the pull over fine leg
13.5
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, they celebrate for a caught behind but given not out. Nabi makes room, misses the pull and deflects it off the shoulder to the keeper here. So a good call from the umpire
13.4
1
Muzarabani to Shafiqullah, 1 run, square leg umpire had to duck.. forcefully swatted over his head
13.3
4
Muzarabani to Shafiqullah, FOUR, fetches the pull from outside off and swivels it round the corner
13.2
1
Muzarabani to Nabi, 1 run, shuffles outside the line of this short ball and fends it to square leg
13.1
1
Muzarabani to Shafiqullah, 1 run, waits and steers it behind backward point
12.6
0
Ryan Burl to Nabi, no run, sharp turn on the leg break, left alone
12.5
6
Ryan Burl to Nabi, SIX, dragged down, pulled big over deep mid-wicket
12.4
0
Ryan Burl to Nabi, no run,
12.3
1
Ryan Burl to Shafiqullah, 1 run, flighted delivery mowed across but falls short of long-on
12.2
0
Ryan Burl to Shafiqullah, no run, loud appeal but going down. Doesn't read the indrifter
12.1
1
Ryan Burl to Nabi, 1 run,
11.6
2
Muzarabani to Shafiqullah, leg byes, 2 runs, skidding on low, Shafiqullah gets some pad to complete a stuttering second run

Shafiqullah Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.5
0
Muzarabani to Najibullah, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! Dabbles with Muzarabani taking the ball across, thin edge to the keeper. Najibullah c Brendan Taylor b Muzarabani 0(4)

Muzarabani to Najibullah, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.4
0
Muzarabani to Najibullah, no run, prodded to point
11.3
1
Muzarabani to Nabi, leg byes, 1 run, angling in, deflected off the pad to fine leg
11.2
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, ducks under the slower bouncer
11.1
4
Muzarabani to Nabi, FOUR, one-legged pull through fine leg

Blessing Muzarabani [2.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack

10.6
0
Ryan Burl to Najibullah, no run, full and flighted, pushed out from the crease
10.5
0
Ryan Burl to Najibullah, no run, googly across Najibullah who cuts and misses

Najibullah Zadran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

10.4
0
Ryan Burl to Sharafuddin Ashraf, out Lbw!! Rapped in front; doesn't read the one that skids back in. Sharafuddin Ashraf lbw b Ryan Burl 18(15) [4s-1 6s-1]

Ryan Burl to Sharafuddin Ashraf, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

10.3
1
Ryan Burl to Nabi, 1 run, to long-on,
10.2
1
Ryan Burl to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run,
10.1
0
Ryan Burl to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run,
10.1
1
Ryan Burl to Sharafuddin Ashraf, wide, down leg

Ryan Burl, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

9.6
6
Cremer to Nabi, SIX, overpitched, marauded over long-on's head. 44 off 60 needed
9.5
0
Cremer to Nabi, no run, top-spinner, Nabi blocks off the back foot
9.4
1
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, goes back and across to punch it through covers
9.3
0
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, goes back and punches back the slider
9.2
6
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, SIX, mighty heave-ho over deep mid-wicket
9.1
0
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, punched to cover
8.6
2
Chatara to Nabi, 2 runs, short ball sits up, pulled round the corner and it's stopped in the deep
8.5
0
Chatara to Nabi, no run, egdes the slower delivery behind, doesn't carry to the keeper but Taylor's done well there to throw his body behind it and save runs
8.4
0
Chatara to Nabi, no run, ducks under the sharp bouncer
8.3
1
Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, dipping full toss worked to long-on
8.2
0
Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, taps straight to cover-point and aborts the intended run
8.1
4
Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, FOUR, waits and dabs it through third man

Afghanistan need 64 runs in 72 balls

7.6
1
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, worked through mid-wicket
7.5
0
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, drifting in full, blocked
7.4
1
Cremer to Nabi, 1 run,
7.3
0
Cremer to Nabi, no run,
7.2
1
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run,
7.1
2
Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 2 runs,

Graeme Cremer, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Chatara to Nabi, no run,
6.5
1
Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run,

Sharafuddin Ashraf, left handed bat, comes to the crease

6.4
0
Chatara to Stanikzai, out Lbw!! Skids in and pings high in front of middle-stump. Stanikzai lbw b Chatara 11(15) [4s-2]

Chatara to Stanikzai, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

6.3
0
Chatara to Stanikzai, no run,
6.2
1
Chatara to Stanikzai, 1 run, they run two but it's a run short, so the strike doesn't change and they get only a run
6.1
0
Chatara to Stanikzai, no run, opens the face of the bat to backward point

Tendai Chatara [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

5.6
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, tucked to mid-wicket
5.5
4
Muzarabani to Nabi, FOUR, makes room and cuts behind square fiercely
5.4
4
Muzarabani to Nabi, FOUR, shot! Overpitched outside off, Nabi lofts it over the mid-off fielder
5.3
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, in the air, but safe. Nabi is surprised by the bounce on this short ball. He gets into a tangle and tries to fend it from an awkward position. The ball pops up and falls in the vacant square leg region
5.2
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, bouncer outside off, Nabi hops and misses the cut
5.1
0
Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, pats a short of length delivery to the left of cover, who makes a diving stop
4.6
4
Jarvis to Stanikzai, FOUR, another off-paced delivery, Stanikzai picks it, shuffles across and tucks it fine of the man at 45 to collect his second boundary
4.5
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, good bouncer, Nabi half-ducks and half-sways to evade that
4.4
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, slower ball, nudged to short fine leg
4.4
1
Jarvis to Stanikzai, wide, short ball down the leg-side, Stanikzai misses the pull. Called as a wide and Jarvis is not happy with the call
4.3
1
Jarvis to Nabi, leg byes, 1 run, length ball strayng on leg, Nabi misses the glance. Off the pad to backward square leg
4.2
1
Jarvis to Stanikzai, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep mid-wicket
4.1
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, taps this short of length delivery in front of backward point with soft hands. Stanikzai looks for a quick run, gets sent back by his partner

Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.6
0
Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! Shahzad doesn't wait for the umpire's call. Starts to walk off as soon as Taylor completed the catch. A shortish ball angled in at the right-hander, Shahzad tries to hack across the line, and all he manages is a faint under-edge that settles into the mitts of the keeper, who takes a low catch. 16 runs and a wicket off that over. Mohammad Shahzad c Brendan Taylor b Muzarabani 20(11) [4s-1 6s-2]

Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.5
4
Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, byes, FOUR, the runs are coming thick and fast. Sharp bouncer, Shahzad is beaten on his pull. The keeper can't stop it and the ball rolls away past the boundary rope
3.4
6
Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, that's a Mohammad Shahzad special! He idolizes MS Dhoni, now he plays a Dhoni-esque shot. It was darted on off and middle, Shahzad walked across and flicked it nonchalantly over backward square leg. A helicopter shot from Afghanistan's MS
3.3
4
Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, short ball, Shahzad was expecting that. Stood tall and pulled it over square leg. No chance for the man running across from deep mid-wicket to cut it off
3.2
1
Muzarabani to Stanikzai, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, worked around the corner
3.1
1
Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, leg byes, 1 run, short of length delivery that keeps a tad low, Shahzad shuffles and misses the tuck. The ball goes to backward square leg, where Mire fumbles. He slipped as he moved across - courtesy dew?

Blessing Muzarabani, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, slower delivery drifting down leg, Stanikzai misses the tickle and the ball goes to the keeper off the pad
2.5
4
Jarvis to Stanikzai, FOUR, ah! Almost another wicket. A well-directed bouncer, Stanikzai gets a glove on his pull and manages to get it just over a leaping keeper
2.4
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, slower bouncer, Stanikzai is early to play the pull/hook shot. The ball pops up off the top-edge, but luckily for the batsman, the ball fell well short of the keeper
2.3
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, this one jags in and from a length and hits Stanikzai's midriff as he misses the pull. Wasn't that short to play that shot
2.2
0
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, fuller length ball just outside off, pushed to cover

Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.1
0
Jarvis to Sadiq, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! The umpire raises his finger, but Sadiq is not happy with the call. A pacy bouncer and Sadiq went for the swivel pull. It got big on him and he was in no position to play that stroke. Was there a faint edge there? There could have been a feather. Taylor makes no mistakes. Sadiq c Brendan Taylor b Jarvis 5(7) [4s-1]

Jarvis to Sadiq, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.6
6
Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, shot! Shahzad makes Zimbabwe pay off the very next ball. A length ball on leg-stump line, Shahzad clears the front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket for a six. 14 off the over!
1.5
2
Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, dropped! There were two fielders going after that and in the end Mire makes a mess of it. Shahzad got a top-edge on his attempted pull. Muzarabani ran back from short fine leg and decided to not go for the catch on seeing Mire. The latter turns around and stretches his hands, only to put it down. How costly will this be?
1.4
1
Chatara to Sadiq, 1 run, angled in on a short of length, Sadiq tucks it to backward square leg
1.3
4
Chatara to Sadiq, FOUR, back of a length delivery sliding down the leg-side, Sadiq gets some wood on his bat and that's enough. Goes past the diving keeper. Fine leg is inside the circle and there is no one stop that
1.2
1
Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, similar length, Shahzad works it wide of mid-wicket for a single
1.1
0
Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length delivery, Shahzad hops and taps it to mid-on

Tendai Chatara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Jarvis to Sadiq, no run
0.5
0
Jarvis to Sadiq, no run
0.4
0
Jarvis to Sadiq, no run
0.3
0
Jarvis to Sadiq, no run
0.2
1
Jarvis to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run
0.1
0
Jarvis to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

Mohammad Shahzad and Sadiq are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Jarvis will open the attack