Afghanistan storm into World T20 Super 10 round
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Saturday thrashed Zimbabwe by a whopping 59 runs in a do-or-die match and romped into the main round of the ICC World T20.
In their final Group B qualifying contest, Afghanistan won the toss and chose to set a target for Zimbabwe after both had won two matches each in the group and today’s match was a decider.
Afghanistan scored a challenging 186/6 in 20 overs and then bowled out opposition for 127 in 19.4 overs.
The openers, particularly Shehzad Mohammadi, were aggressive with the bat and scored 50 runs in the first five overs.
As Mohammadi fell, Nor Ali Zadran and Gulbadin Naib also fell in quick succession, leaving their side for 60/4 in eight overs.
But Mohammad Nabi Issakhel and Samiullah Shinwari played an impressive innings and helped Afghanistan reach 186, with Issakhel hitting his 50 including four boundaries and two sixes while Shenwari hit a six and a four. Nabi made 52 runs, Shinwari 43 and Mohammadi 40.
Zimbabwe could not chase the target and all were out for 120 runs as Rashid Arman clinched three wickets and Hamid Hassan two. Issakhel, Shinwari and Dawlat Zadran grabbed one wicket each.
Issakhel was again man of the match. It is for the first time Afghanistan won three matches in a row in a T20 tournament.
Afghanistan, clubbed with England, have won their first two games against Scotland and Hong Kong.
Afghanistan join 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 March 17.
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