Gurbaz stars in Afghan win

Afp, Abu Dhabi

18 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz smashed a fiery half century to anchor Afghanistan's convincing 48-run win over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The dashing right-hander cracked seven towering sixes and six boundaries in his dominating 45-ball 87 to steer Afghanistan to an imperious 198-5 in 20 overs before they restricted Zimbabwe to 150-7 to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The second match is on Friday and the third on Saturday, both also in Abu Dhabi.