Najibullah Zadran leads Afghanistan T20 win after thrilling run chase

Najibullah Zadran hit a six on the second ball of the last over. Afghanistan A six-wicket win against Zimbabwe on Saturday after a thrilling run chase in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals.

The tourists scored 83 for no loss after Zimbabwe scored 159-8 in 20 overs in Harare as a dramatic climax was unlikely as 10 overs went. Play club.

Ryan Burl then wreaked havoc with the ball, taking the wickets of openers Hazratullah Zazai (45) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (33) and Usman Ghani (1) within six balls.

A lead from Gurbaz took a catch for wicketkeeper Regis Chakabwa. Zazai caught Sikandar Raza at long on after a ball.

Burle took his third wicket off the last ball of the over as another catch from Chakabwa ended Ghani’s two-ball innings.

Batting at number five, Jadran held off the rot but it took time to regain the initiative and the tourists needed 60 runs from the last five overs to win.

The run rate gradually increased and when Blessing Muzurabani stepped in to bowl the final over, the Afghans needed eight runs, and Zadran wasted no time getting them.

He scored two off the first ball, then hit his third six off 25 balls to take the Afghans to 160-4 and continue a successful tour after a 3-0 win in the One Day International series.

The 30-year-old left-handed batsman Jadran hit two fours and three sixes as he remained unbeaten for 41 minutes.

Earlier, middle-order batsman Raza scored 45 runs for Zimbabwe on a hard, gray, batting-friendly track.

Openers Wesley Madhevere (32) and Regis Chakabwa (29) were the other Zimbabweans who made significant contributions, while six of their teammates failed to reach 10.

Right-arm medium pacer Najit Masood was the most impressive Afghan bowler to take three wickets, including Raza and Chakbwa.

Pakistan-born Raza, who has a T20 batting average of 13.4, faced 31 balls with three fours and two sixes with a brilliant catch at third man by Hazratullah Zazai.

A googly from Rashid Khan put an end to Madhevere, while a lead from Chakbawa was caught by skipper Mohammad Nabi at mid-off.

The remaining two T20 Internationals will also be held in Harare on Sunday and Tuesday.

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