After ODIs, Afghanistan seal landmark T20 series win over Zimbabwe

The passionate team continued its dream run in international cricket against Zimbabwe.

After ODIs, Afghanistan seal landmark T20 series win over Zimbabwe

Bulawayo: Afghanistan continued to display intense competition as they secured a 2-0 Twenty20 series win over Zimbabwe after defeating the hosts by five wickets in a nail-biting second match here at Queen's Sports Club on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe posted a daunting 191-run target after opting to bat first, thanks to a quick-fire 54-run knock by Sean Williams. Richmond Mutumbami and skipper Elton Chigumbura then accelerated the innings by their respective scores of 43 and 33.

In reply, Afghanistan got off to a blistering start as Usman Ghani (65) and Mohammad Shahzad (24) struck a 95-run partnership for the opening partnership.

Although the hosts tried to contain the run-flow by removing wickets in quick succession, Gulbadin Naib continued to unleash a flurry of boundaries to take his side to victory with a ball remaining.

Naib, who bagged the Man of the Match, struck seven boundaries in his 31-ball 56-run knock and also claimed two wickets.

With the win, Afghanistan secured their first T20 series win over a Full Member in a T20 series.

Earlier, Afghanistan had become the first Associate nation to win a multi-game bilateral ODI series against a Test side after defeating Zimbabwe by 73 runs in the decider to clinch the series 3-2.

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