Batting first, Afghanistan were again given an explosive start by captain Shahzad. Later, Shenwari and Nabi joined the act with 43 and 52 respectively to propel the side to 186. In response, Zimbabwe were never in the competition as they lost wickets regularly. Not one batsman provided real resistance and the Full members lost to the Associates again in a T20 match – this time by 59 runs.
# GROUP 1: England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and AFGHANISTAN.
# Man of the Match: Mohammad Nabi
# Zimbabwe crumble to 127 and lose by 59 runs.
# Nothing to lose, captain Asghar comes on to bowl and takes the final wicket.
# One over left and 64 required. Gives chance for Inzamam-Ul-Haq to chat and share a laugh.
# Beautiful bowling indeed. Spin helping spinners and spinners making merry.
# BOWLED! Beautiful yorker by Zadran cleans up Masakadza. What was a difficult task has become a lost cause now. Zimbabwe are 118/9.
# Two sixes in that over but damage already done. 70 from 2 overs.
# SIX! Dot and then another six. It’s traveled 91 metres. Too little, too late, again.
# SIX! 85 runs required from 3 overs. Start off with a six. Panyangara steps aside and hits it long for a six.
# OUT! Poor, poor work by Tiripano to not ground the bat. He was in place but didn’t keep his bat on the ground and Shenwari hits the stumps.
# Raza tries to scoop it behind the keeper but misses as Hamid bowls him out. Zimbabwe are 95/7 as Afghanistan near Super 10.
# 15 overs gone, Zimbabwe are 91/6. Still need 96 runs from 5 overs at 19.2 per over. Looks mighty improbable!
# OUT! And Chigumbura falls now. Goes for the slog but mistimes it to give a simple catch at long-on.
# OUT! Nope no Williams special. The left-hander tries to sweep Rashid Khan but misses completely and captain Shahzad is quick to remove the bails.
# Based on the current showing, it’s difficult to imagine.
# OUT! And that ask just got formidable (if it wasn’t already). Shenwari clean bowls Waller. No footwork and on a wicket already favouring the spinners, it spun nicely to hit the stumps.
# At half way stage, Zimbabwe are 58/3. 129 required from 10 overs. Huge ask!
# OUT! Another one bites the dust! Mutumbami falls now to Nabi. Things getting dire for the Full members over the Associates. But big target was going to do this to you.
# OUT! Sibanda top edges Rashid Khan and it is easily taken by Hamid Hassan. Both openers gone now. Zimbabwe’s worries and required rate rising.
# FOUR AND FOUR! Two consecutive fours to alleviate pressure. Poor over by Shenwari. Zimbabwe are 35/1 after 5.
# DROP! Short delivery by Shenwari and Sibanda thumps it but it should have been taken by the fielder at short midwicket. It was travelling but worth taking at this level.
# BOWLED! Hamilton Masakadza departs. Poor shot selection as the skipper plays off the line to Hamid Hassan. Zimbabwe lose first wicket at 26.
# SIX! Masakadza pulls Dawlat for a huge six. Short of length and pulled away for a maximum.
# Decent start by Sibanda and Masakadza. 13 runs from 2 overs. # Players are out in the middle. Zimbabwe begin mammoth 187 run chase. Can they do it? # Afghanistan have been the hotshots at WT20