Ghani, Naib fifties secure landmark series win

Afghanistan 191 for 5 (Usman 65, Naib 56*) beat Zimbabwe 190 for 7 (Williams 54, Mutumbami 43, Dawlat 2-24) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

File photo – Usman Ghani struck three sixes in his 45-ball 65 © AFP

Afghanistan sealed another historic first with a 2-0 Twenty20 series victory over Zimbabwe in the second match at Queens Sports Club. Opener Usman Ghani and allrounder Gulbadin Naib led Afghanistan’s charge as they hunted down Zimbabwe’s 190 for 7 with one ball to spare. Ghani weathered a fierce short-ball assault from Zimbabwe’s quicks to rush to his first T20 fifty, and after he departed, Naib picked up where he left off, marshaling the second half of the chase and registering a maiden fifty of his own. Their efforts meant that Sean Williams’ quickfire 54, which equalled the Zimbabwean record for the fastest T20 fifty, went in vain.

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Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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