Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 87 off 45 balls in the first T20I against Afghanistan. . © ICC / Twitter
Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a half-century for Afghanistan after a 48-run win over Zimbabwe in the first T20 International in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. After winning the toss and batting at the Seth Zayed Stadium, the right-handed batsman scored Afghanistan in 87 from 45 balls with 87 sixes and six fours in 198 overs in 20 overs.
S-spinner Rashid Khan (3-28), Karim Janat (2-14) and Farid Ahmed (2-31) beat Zimbabwe 150-7 in 20 overs to give Afghanistan a 1-0 lead in three. Match series. . .
The second match is on Friday and the third match is also in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
It was Gurbaz who gave Afghanistan a strong start of 80 runs in just eight overs and added 38 runs for the second wicket even after the fall of Janat (26) after a 38-run partnership with captain Asghar Afghan.
Asghar hit six fours and two sixes.
Gurbaz dismissed leg-spinner Ryan Burley, while Asghar left Muzarabani as a fast bowler in the final over as Afghanistan added 42 runs in the final five overs.
Among the Zimbabwean bowlers, Mujaraba was selected 2–38 while Richard Nagarawa scored 2–43.
Asghar respected the spirit of the team.
“The first game of the series is very important,” Asgar said. “If you win then the morale is high. There was a good partnership between Rahmanullah and Jannat. The bowlers were very good at that time.”
Zimbabwe also hastened to derail by scoring 38 runs in the rack.
Opener Tanash Kamunhamwe scored 44 runs in 37 balls with the help of four fours, while Alexander Raza and captain Sean Williams scored 22 which was not enough.
This is Afghanistan’s ninth win in 10 T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe in just 10 defeats.
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