Ton-up Williams, Tiripano frustrate Afghans victory bid

Afp, Abu Dhabi

14 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Skipper Sean Williams scored a pugnacious hundred and allrounder Donald Tiripano hit a maiden half century to delay Afghanistan's victory on the fourth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Williams was 106 not out for his fourth Test hundred -- third as captain and third in successive Tests -- and Tiripano was on an unbeaten 63 as Zimbabwe closed the day on 266-7 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

This puts Zimbabwe just eight runs ahead with three wickets including the fighting duo of Williams and Tiripano to save their 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan had put Afghanistan in sight of a series-levelling win with 5-105 -- his fourth five wicket haul in five Tests -- but Williams and Tiripano stood firm.

Resuming on 24 without loss Zimbabwe lost both openers Prince Masvaure (15) and Kevin Kasuza (30) before lunch and five more wickets in the second session.

Williams also hit a hundred against Sri Lanka at Harare in January last year and in the first Test against Afghanistan here, took the game to last day.