Afghanistan v Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2015/16
Rashid Khan five-wicket haul bundled Zimbabwe for a low total, which Afghanistan chase down in the 28th overs. Zimbabwe batters find it very difficult to face spin attack from the 1st match of the tour, they struggling from beginning against Afghan spin-trio — Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, and Sharafuddin Ashraf. Geo Super is the first hour Dubai based Pakistani channel dedicated to the world of sports. Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer has won the the toss and elected to bat first in high voltage game.
Zimbabwe captain said that, they are looking for on the scoreboard. Asghar Stanikzai After toss: The wicket looks good for spinners. Rapped in front; doesn't read the one that skids back in.
Sharafuddin Ashraf lbw b Ryan Burl 18 15 [4s-1 6s-1]. Cremer to Nabi, SIX , overpitched, marauded over long-on's head. Cremer to Nabi, no run, top-spinner, Nabi blocks off the back foot. Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, goes back and across to punch it through covers. Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, goes back and punches back the slider. Chatara to Nabi, 2 runs, short ball sits up, pulled round the corner and it's stopped in the deep. Chatara to Nabi, no run, egdes the slower delivery behind, doesn't carry to the keeper but Taylor's done well there to throw his body behind it and save runs.
Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, dipping full toss worked to long-on. Chatara to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, taps straight to cover-point and aborts the intended run. Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, 1 run, worked through mid-wicket. Cremer to Sharafuddin Ashraf, no run, drifting in full, blocked. Graeme Cremer, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. Sharafuddin Ashraf, left handed bat, comes to the crease.
Chatara to Stanikzai, out Lbw!! Skids in and pings high in front of middle-stump. Stanikzai lbw b Chatara 11 15 [4s-2]. Chatara to Stanikzai, 1 run, they run two but it's a run short , so the strike doesn't change and they get only a run. Chatara to Stanikzai, no run, opens the face of the bat to backward point.
Overpitched outside off, Nabi lofts it over the mid-off fielder. Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, in the air, but safe. Nabi is surprised by the bounce on this short ball. He gets into a tangle and tries to fend it from an awkward position. The ball pops up and falls in the vacant square leg region. Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, bouncer outside off, Nabi hops and misses the cut. Muzarabani to Nabi, no run, pats a short of length delivery to the left of cover, who makes a diving stop.
Jarvis to Stanikzai, FOUR , another off-paced delivery, Stanikzai picks it, shuffles across and tucks it fine of the man at 45 to collect his second boundary. Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, good bouncer, Nabi half-ducks and half-sways to evade that. Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, slower ball, nudged to short fine leg. Jarvis to Stanikzai, wide , short ball down the leg-side, Stanikzai misses the pull.
Called as a wide and Jarvis is not happy with the call. Jarvis to Nabi, leg byes, 1 run, length ball strayng on leg, Nabi misses the glance. Off the pad to backward square leg. Jarvis to Stanikzai, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep mid-wicket. Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, taps this short of length delivery in front of backward point with soft hands. Stanikzai looks for a quick run, gets sent back by his partner.
Shahzad doesn't wait for the umpire's call. Starts to walk off as soon as Taylor completed the catch. A shortish ball angled in at the right-hander, Shahzad tries to hack across the line, and all he manages is a faint under-edge that settles into the mitts of the keeper, who takes a low catch.
Mohammad Shahzad c Brendan Taylor b Muzarabani 20 11 [4s-1 6s-2]. Sharp bouncer, Shahzad is beaten on his pull. The keeper can't stop it and the ball rolls away past the boundary rope. He idolizes MS Dhoni, now he plays a Dhoni-esque shot. It was darted on off and middle, Shahzad walked across and flicked it nonchalantly over backward square leg. A helicopter shot from Afghanistan's MS. Stood tall and pulled it over square leg.
No chance for the man running across from deep mid-wicket to cut it off. Muzarabani to Stanikzai, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, worked around the corner. Muzarabani to Mohammad Shahzad, leg byes, 1 run, short of length delivery that keeps a tad low, Shahzad shuffles and misses the tuck. The ball goes to backward square leg, where Mire fumbles. He slipped as he moved across - courtesy dew? Blessing Muzarabani, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack.
Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, slower delivery drifting down leg, Stanikzai misses the tickle and the ball goes to the keeper off the pad. A well-directed bouncer, Stanikzai gets a glove on his pull and manages to get it just over a leaping keeper.
The ball pops up off the top-edge, but luckily for the batsman, the ball fell well short of the keeper. Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, this one jags in and from a length and hits Stanikzai's midriff as he misses the pull. Wasn't that short to play that shot. Jarvis to Stanikzai, no run, fuller length ball just outside off, pushed to cover. Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease.
Jarvis to Sadiq, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! The umpire raises his finger, but Sadiq is not happy with the call. A pacy bouncer and Sadiq went for the swivel pull. It got big on him and he was in no position to play that stroke. Was there a faint edge there?
There could have been a feather. Taylor makes no mistakes. Sadiq c Brendan Taylor b Jarvis 5 7 [4s-1]. Shahzad makes Zimbabwe pay off the very next ball. A length ball on leg-stump line, Shahzad clears the front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket for a six. Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, dropped! There were two fielders going after that and in the end Mire makes a mess of it.
Shahzad got a top-edge on his attempted pull. Muzarabani ran back from short fine leg and decided to not go for the catch on seeing Mire. The latter turns around and stretches his hands, only to put it down. How costly will this be? Chatara to Sadiq, 1 run, angled in on a short of length, Sadiq tucks it to backward square leg.
Chatara to Sadiq, FOUR , back of a length delivery sliding down the leg-side, Sadiq gets some wood on his bat and that's enough. Goes past the diving keeper. Fine leg is inside the circle and there is no one stop that. Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, similar length, Shahzad works it wide of mid-wicket for a single. Chatara to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length delivery, Shahzad hops and taps it to mid-on. Tendai Chatara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Mohammad Shahzad and Sadiq are at the crease.
Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Jarvis will open the attack. Zimbabwe finish on I don't think so, specially with dew playing a factor. Zimbabwe got off to a flyer with the openers scoring 50 inside six overs. But, Mire's dismissal opened the floodgates. Malcolm Waller played a good little cameo towards the end which ensured that the Zimbabweans had something to defend. Can we expect a close contest?
Join us for the chase in a short while. Aftab Alam to Muzarabani, no run, pacy back of a length delivery outside off, Muzarabani throws his bat it, but fails to make contact. Aftab Alam to Waller, no ball , a full toss outside off, Waller moves across and scoops it straight to the man at fine leg.
The umpires check for a no-ball, and yes, Aftab Alam has overstepped. They crossed over and Muzarabani will face the free-hit. A superb shot from Malcolm Waller. Full ball just outside off, Waller stays deep in his crease and carves it over deep backward point for a maximum. Aftab Alam to Waller, no run, full toss, heaved off the cue end to long-on.
Waller refuses the single. Aftab Alam to Waller, 2 runs, backs away and squeezes this very full ball behind backward point. The third man fielder slides and fails to gather it cleanly. The fumble allows Waller to come back for the second. Aftab Alam to Waller, FOUR , moves across a long way and scoops this slower ball from a short of length over short fine leg.
Four off the first ball of the over. Blessing Muzarabani, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Rashid Khan to Chatara, out Bowled!! Third wicket for Rashid Khan and second with the wrong 'un. Chatara played all around it trying to play the big sweep.
Misses by a long way and Chatara hears the death rattle. Chatara b Rashid Khan 7 Rashid Khan to Chatara, 2 runs, drilled to the left of long-off and Chatara hares back to the second run. Rashid Khan to Chatara, 2 runs, the lobs up and falls just short of the short fine leg as Chatara tries to paddle sweep.
Got it off the toe end there did Chatara. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end and there is no one backing up. So, one bonus run added. Rashid Khan to Waller, 1 run, just a hint of width and Waller cuts it hard to the right of backward point, who makes a diving stop.
Rashid Khan to Chatara, 1 run, swept to deep backward square leg. Rashid Khan to Waller, 2 wides , googly drifting down the leg-side, Waller moves across and fails to make contact on his sweep.
The keeper doesn't gather it cleanly and they take one more run on the fumble. Aftab Alam to Chatara, no run, bumper to end the over, Chatara looks to upper-cut, but misses.
Aftab Alam to Waller, leg byes, 1 run, moves across a long way to play the scoop shot. This was bowled well outside off. Back of a length, pushing, Play and Miss to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Taylor.
Length ball, driving, False Shot to slips for no runs. Length ball, driving, Played back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Chatara. Back of a length, pushing, Played to cover for no runs. Back of a length, Steer, Played to third man for 1 run. Length ball, glancing, Missed Leg Side to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Taylor. Back of a length, pulling, Played to deep backward square leg for 1 run. Back of a length, cutting, Played to point for no runs. Yorker, working, Played to mid wicket for no runs.
Length ball, pushing, Play and Miss to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Taylor.