With Tuesday’s win against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan move ahead of Sri Lanka at eighth spot on the ICC T20 Rankings.
Nabi, Rashid Shine As Afghanistan Again Beats Zimbabwe
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 17 runs in Sharjah to claim the two-match T20I series 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Afghanistan used the same formula which had worked so well in the first match, as Mohammad Nabi once again led the run-scoring and the spinners combined to restrict the run-scoring, the ICC reported.
Nabi top-scored, propelling Afghanistan to 158/9, despite a flurry of late wickets. The spinners then came to the fore, with teenage spinner Mujeeb Zadran (2/21) bowling well up front, before Nabi and the world's number two ranked T20I bowler Rashid Khan (2/23), closed out the game to ensure Afghanistan have now won all seven T20Is they've played against Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan got off to a good start after Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field first, with openers Mohammad Shahzad (17), Karim Sadiq (30) and particularly No.3 Asghar Stanikzai (27 off 14) taking them to 45/1 from the six-over Powerplay.
Shahzad was caught off the toe-end of the bat from the bowling of Blessing Muzarabani (2/48), but Afghanistan simply continued along their way, with Sadiq and Stanikzai putting on 56 runs together. The stand featured some big sixes, with Sadiq launching one out of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, while Stanikzai used the slog-sweep to great effect.
Tuesday’s match came just 24 hours after leg-spinner Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 as Afghanistan strolled to a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Monday's first Twenty20 International in UAE’s Sharjah.
With Tuesday’s win - their seventh in as many T20 against Zimbabwe - Afghanistan move ahead of Sri Lanka at eighth spot on the ICC T20 Rankings.
The two teams will face each other in five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) from February 9 to 19.
All the matches will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.