Zimbabwe batting improves but still falls short as Afghanistan take series

Zimbabwe had a better showing with the bat in their 17-run loss to Afghanistan in the second Twenty20 match at Sharjah Stadium in Dubai.

Richard Ngarava

PIC: Afghanistan Cricket

Zimbabwe won the toss and put Afghanistan to bat and an innings that hinged on Mohammad Nabi’s 45, Karim Sadiq’s 28, Asghar Stanikzai’s 14-ball 27)and Najibullah Zadran’s 18-ball 24 for Afghanistan to post 158 for 9.

The score looked like it it would be a lot bigger but or braces from Tendai Chatara (3-20) and Kyle Jarvis (2-22).

16 year-old Mujeeb Zadran (2-21) and Rashid Khan (2-23)  were the architects of this win.

Solomon Mire fell early but the middle order stepped up.Hamilton Masakadza made a 29 ball 30, Brendan Taylor 16 off 15, Sikandar Raza’s 40 from 26 and Ryan Burl on a run-a-ball 30.

However it was not enough as Zimbabwe could only make 141 for 5 from their 20 overs.

Afghanistan take the series 2-0 and now move to the one day series.

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