Middle order crisis persists as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s middle order crisis continued as Afghanistan handed the Chevrons a five wicket loss at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Put in to bat Solomon Mire, typically aggressive on his T20 debut for Zimbabwe, was good for his 34 in a 52-run opening partnership with Hamilton Masakadza who made 18.

After that, the great start the predictable walk followed. Zimbabwe collapsed dramatically losing 7 wickets for 20 runs.

The total of 120/9 at the end would have been more dire were it not for a final over of 17 runs from Malcolm Waller who ended the innings on 27.

It was a batters’ paradise and Afghanistan showed this as the batsmen who made runs Mohammad Nabi (40), Mohammad Shahzad (20) and Sharaffudin Ashraf (18) at more way more than a run a ball.

Aghanistan won the match after 14.4 overs as they reached 121/5.

The second T20 is on Tuesday at the same venue.

Positive for Zimbabwe is Blessing Muzarabani took wickets. He was 2-36 off 4.

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