Afghanistan star Rashid Khan drove Afghanistan to a 17-run triumph over Zimbabwe in the second T20 international at Sharjah on Tuesday to wrap up a 2-0 win in the two-match series.
Mohammad Nabi top-scored with a 26-ball 45 as Afghanistan completed on 158-9 from their 20 overs notwithstanding losing six wickets for 18 runs, with Zimbabwe missing the mark on 141-5.
Nabi had additionally struck 40 in the opening match which saw Afghanistan win by five wickets on Monday.
Zimbabwe lacking behind
Zimbabwe were constantly behind the rate once 16-year-old spinner Mujeeb Zadran – who assumed a featuring part in Afghan’s race to the Under-19 World Cup semi-finals – took two early wickets to complete with 2-21 in simply his second T20 worldwide.
Golden Days for Rashid Khan
Leg-spinner Khan, 19, was marked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in a month ago’s Indian Premier League sell off and completed with 2-23.
Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai held his trump card up his sleeve on Tuesday, not presenting Rashid until the thirteenth over, and the youngster asserted the urgent wicket of Sikandar Raza for a 26-ball 40 as the Zimbabwe all-rounder was caught lbw by a googly.
The Africans’ last expectation was Ryan Burl, yet he got out for 30 off Khan.
The two groups will play a five-match one-day international series beginning on February 9, with Afghanistan set to go up against India in their maiden Test coordinate at Bangalore in June.
Match Summary: Afghanistan 158-9 in 20 overs (Mohammad Nabi 45; Tendai Chatara 3-20) v Zimbabwe 141-5 in 20 overs (Sikandar Raza 40; Mujeeb Zadran 2-21, Rashid Khan 2-23) Afghanistan win by 17 runs.