Visitors captain dedicates the victory to the people who are suffering after natural disaster
BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE: Afghanistan clinched a 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe in their two-match Twenty20 series Wednesday and dedicated their win to victims of this week’s earthquake which rocked their country and neighbouring Pakistan.
Four days after becoming the first non-Test side to beat a Test-playing nation in a one-day 50-over series, Afghanistan hammered home their superiority with a five-wicket win.
They had won the first Twenty20 clash at the same Queen’s Sports Club venue by six wickets on Monday.
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“Our win is dedicated to all quake-smitten people of Afghanistan’s major earthquake,” tweeted Mohammad Nabi, the team’s leading all-rounder in reference to Monday’s 7.5 magnitude quake which left almost 400 people dead and thousands homeless.
Opener Usman Ghani smashed a 45-ball 65 with man-of-the-match Guldabin Naib hitting an undefeated 56 off just 31 balls with seven boundaries.
Afghanistan down Zimbabwe for historic T20 sweep
Afghanistan chased down their imposing 191-run target with one ball to spare.
Sean Williams had top-scored for Zimbabwe with a 26-ball 54.
Zimbabwe 190-7 in 20 overs (Sean Williams 54) v Afghanistan 191-5 in 19.5 overs (Usman Ghani 65, Gulbadin Naib 56)
Afghanistan won by five wickets
1st match, Monday: Afghanistan won by six wickets
Series: Afghanistan won 2-0