Afghanistan complete clean sweep

21 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Afghanistan swept Zimbabwe 3-0 in their T20I series, closing out the final T20I with a 47-run victory, reports ICC.

Afghanistan, after opting to bat, posted 183/7 thanks to Najibullah Zadran's brilliant 35-ball 72*. Zimbabwe were restricted to 136/5 in their response, giving the hosts a fine series victory.

They got off to a decent start after winning the toss thanks to Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani. Gurbaz (18) attempted to muscle the ball around, but found the fielders on multiple occasions, and it wasn't long before he perished, to the left-arm quick Richard Ngarava, edging one behind.

Despite that, Afghanistan accumulated 43 runs in the Powerplay. Ghani was joined by Karim Janat in the middle. Janat made a quick 14-ball 21, but his efforts were put to a stop by Wellington Masakadza, who cleaned him up. Thereafter, Ghani (39) gave away his wicket attempting to go big, only to find the fielder in the deep.

Zimbabwe got off to a poor start, when they lost Kamunhukamwe (1) in the very first over. Wickets continued to fall regularly, with Sean Williams (14), Musakanda (30), Milton Shumba (8), and Richmond Mutumbami (0) all falling tamely as Zimbabwe were reduced to 56/5 in 10.3 overs.