Afghanistan Storms into Super 10 of World T20
Afghanistan made history as they first time qualified for the main round of the World event when they beat Zimbabwe to qualify for the Twenty20 Super 10 round.
The credit for the Afghanistan victory went to allrounder Mohammad Nabi (52) who scored his maiden half-century to propel Afghanistan to 186-6 and the legspinner Rashid Khan (3-11) who played a crucial role in choking Zimbabwe to 127 all out with two balls to spare.
Afghanistan, which earier defeated Scotland and Hong Kong, will now join England, West Indies, South Africa, and Sri Lanka in Group 1 of the Super 10 next week.
Afghanistan was 4-63, having lost four wickets in 19 balls, when Samiullah Shenwari added 43 off 37 balls and put on a match-winning 98 runs with Nabi off 64 balls.
Hard-hitting opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad (40) hit seven fours and a six, providing Afghanistan a whirlwind start of 49 runs off 29 balls.But after Shahzad was caught at point while attempting an extravagant reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Sean Williams, medium-pacer Tinashe Panyangara took 3-14.
Zimbabwe, which lost its previous four T20s against Afghanistan, lost wickets at regular intervals and half of the side was dismissed for 63 runs by the 12th over. No. 10 batsman Panyangara top-scored with an unbeaten 17.