World T20 qualifiers: Nabi is the hero as Afghanistan decimate Zimbabwe to storm into Super 10 round

Afghanistan now join England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa for the Super 10 of the World T20 after their dominant win over Zimbabwe.

hidden March 13, 2016 12:37:48 IST
World T20 qualifiers: Nabi is the hero as Afghanistan decimate Zimbabwe to storm into Super 10 round

Nagpur: Afghanistan on Saturday romped into the main round of the ICC World T20 after crushing Zimbabwe by a whopping 59 runs in their final Group B qualifying contest, here on Saturday.

In a do-or-die match, the Afghans outplayed Zimbabwe in all departments by first scoring a challenging 186 for six in 20 overs and then bowling out opposition for 127 in 19.4 overs.

Afghanistan won all their three qualifying round matches having won their first two games against Scotland and Hong Kong respectively. Afghanistan have been clubbed with England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa for the Super 10 and they will open their campaign against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens on 17 March.

World T20 qualifiers Nabi is the hero as Afghanistan decimate Zimbabwe to storm into Super 10 round

Mohammad Nabi top-scored with a 32-ball 52. Getty Images

The Afghans turned the match on its head during the last 10 overs of their innings with Mohammed Nabi (52 off 32 balls) and Samiullah Shenwari (43 off 37 balls) adding 98 runs for the fifth wicket. Nabi's innings had four boundaries and two sixes, while Shenwari hit a six and a four.

Afghanistan scored a massive 113 runs in the second half of their innings after the first 10 overs produced 73 for the loss of four wickets.

Opener Mohammed Shahzad also did a great job by going after the bowling during the Powerplay overs, notching up 40 off 23 balls with seven boundaries and a six.

All the Zimbabwe pacers, who had a decent outing so far, went for runs. Wellington Masakadza (0/31), Tendai Chatara (0/34 in 3 overs), Donaldo Tiripano (1/41 in 3 overs) all went for runs. The only successful bowler was Tinashe Panayngara (3/32 in 4 overs).

The best part about Afghanistan batting was their fearless strokeplay. If the fine leg was up, they hit the lap shot, played the upper cut over third man and punished any loose deliveries that came their way.

Zimbabwe were never really in contention as they could score only 39 in the Powerplay overs with field restrictions on. They lost wickets at regular intervals with none of their batsmen crossing 20-run mark.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan (3/11 was the most successful bowler while Hamid Hassan (2/11), Samiullah Shenwari (1/31) and Mohammed Nabi (1/29) all chipped in with wickets.

PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Former Australia cricketer Tim MacDonald appointed senior assistant England women's team coach
First Cricket News

Former Australia cricketer Tim MacDonald appointed senior assistant England women's team coach

MacDonald, who had previously worked with head coach Lisa Keightley at Perth Scorchers in the women's Big Bash League, joined the squad on Tuesday

IPL 2020: Mitchell Starc says he doesn't regret missing T20 tournament this year
First Cricket News

IPL 2020: Mitchell Starc says he doesn't regret missing T20 tournament this year

Left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc doesn't regret giving the IPL a miss this year, saying he is comfortable training for the upcoming summer season.

ICC lists Sri Lanka, UAE as back-up venues for 2021 T20 World Cup scheduled be held in India
First Cricket News

ICC lists Sri Lanka, UAE as back-up venues for 2021 T20 World Cup scheduled be held in India

The 2021 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup will go to either Sri Lanka or the UAE in case India, which is currently the third-worst-hit nation in the world in terms of COVID-19 cases, is unable to do so.