Dream Debut for Kishori Noor Ahmed as Afghanistan Sweep Zimbabwe

Teenager debutant Noor Ahmed was the star of the four-wicket haul Afghanistan They completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 series after beating Zimbabwe by 35 runs in Harare on Tuesday. One of four changes in Sunday’s winning side, the 18-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner took four for 10 in a four-over spell to help restrict Zimbabwe to 90-9 in their 20 overs. Afghanistan chased 125-8.

“It is wonderful to receive the man of the match award on my debut. It is every player’s dream to play for his national team. I am humble,” said Ahmed. “Before the match I spoke to Rashid and he told me that I have to bowl in the right areas. “I feel proud to bowl with Rashid and other senior players. It is very difficult to find a place in this bowling attack.

“I work very hard and it was one of my dreams to play here with big stars like Rashid and Nabi.” Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine said: “Noor Ahmed got us playing. Rashid is very difficult to play in the middle overs, but (then we had) another man to deal with. “There were crucial moments in most games when we had Afghanistan on the backfoot. We did very well to score runs and then we lost a lot of wickets while handing the match back.

The slow, conservative left-arm bowler, Sharafuddin Ashraf, took two wickets as the tourists completed a white-ball tour sweep by winning all three games already in the one-day series. After winning the toss and electing to bat, captain Mohammad Nabi scored 31 runs for Afghanistan in the dead rubber.

Batting at number six, the all-rounder scored a single and hit two boundaries. Nabi was caught by rival captain Craig Ervine at extra cover off Luke Jongwe off the final ball of the 18th over when he took a full, wide delivery. In the last T20 win, Zimbabwe chief Najibullah Zadran scored 44 and 57 off just four balls but was caught by debutant wicketkeeper Clive Madande off a Ryan Burle googly.

Sikandar Raza (2-18) and Burle (2-22) were Zimbabwe’s most successful bowlers. In reply, Zimbabwe reached 40–2 and fell for seven wickets adding only 29 runs before the collapse of the batting. Batting at number seven, Burle made 15 off 24 balls, which included a four, before being caught and bowled by Fazlhaq Farooqui.

Opener Wesley Madhevere scored 14 and tail ender Ainsley Ndlovu scored 13 not out.

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