Sean Williams and Donald Tiripono shared an unbeaten 124-run partnership for the 8th wicket. .© Twitter
Captain Sean Williams scored a brilliant century and all-rounder Donald Tiripo delayed Afghanistan’s victory on the fourth day of the second Test match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Williams was unbeaten on 106 for his fourth Test century – third as captain and third in consecutive Tests – and Zimbabwe closed at 266-7 at Seth Zayed Stadium so Tiripano was 63 not out. This helped Zimbabwe gain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, scoring just eight runs from three wickets in the three-match series.
Zimbabwe won the first Test by ten wickets, that too in Abu Dhabi.
Leg spinner Rashid Khan took the fourth five wickets in 5 -105 overs in five Tests, in which Afghanistan won the series, but Williams and Tiripo remained adamant.
Rashid and the other bowlers were dismissed to zero after tea’s 170–7 defeat to Zimbabwe, requiring 118 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
But Williams and Tiripo ensured that Zimbabwe would not lose a wicket in the final session as they added eight runs for the eighth wicket.
Williams pushed Rashid to his ninth boundary and helped him reach his century. He has faced 190 balls so far and hit nine fours and a six.
Surviving some harrowing moments against Rashid, Tiripono scored an unbeaten 49 against New Zealand in the 2016 loss. He has so far hit 11 fours in 164 balls.
Without a 24-run loss, Zimbabwe lost both openers Prince Mesavur (15) and Kevin Kasuja (30) wickets before lunch and took five more wickets in the second session.
Fast bowler Saeed Shirzad dismissed talented batsman Wesley Madhavi for the third wicket in two Tests – a pair in this Test – Rashid came to his senses.
Rashid dismissed Alexander Nether Raza (22), Ryan Burl (prolific) and Regis Chakwa (prolific) for just two runs, leaving Zimbabwe out for 142-7 off eight balls.
But Williams, who scored a century against Sri Lanka in a defeat in January last year, played for the final day in the first Test match against Afghanistan here.
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