Chevrons lose T20I series in Abu Dhabi

BATSMEN Najibullah Zadran’s 72 runs and not out, inspired Afghanistan to a comprehensive T20 International 3-0 series win over Zimbabwe to complete a clean sweep in Abu Dhabi.
A 47-run win over Zimbabwe ensured a clean-sweep of a three-match T20 International series as the Chevrons lost the overall series 4-1 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi this Saturday.
The victory by the hosts extended their record over Zimbabwe to 11 wins from 12 matches, and their winning streak in T20 Is in the United Arab Emirates to 16 matches on a day Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Afghan becomes the most successful men’s T20I captain of all time.
Afghanistan’s victory will be attributed much to batsmen, Najibullah Zadran who had 72 runs off 35 balls with 10 boundaries, while Usman Ghani, Karim Janat, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Afghan also recorded double figures as the hosts ended the day on 183/7 against Zimbabwe’s 136/5.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe’s batting was questionable with the Chevrons top order lacking the power-hitters needed to set up a T20-style innings.
Ultimately, all-rounder Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl’s unbroken 80-run sixth-wicket stand was not enough to put any real pressure on Afghanistan, leaving the visitors chasing the game, literally and figuratively, for most of this series.
Richard Ngarava was the peak of the Zimbabwe bowlers with 2 wickets while fast bowler, Blessing Muzarabani also managed two after removing Rashid Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf as Wellington Masakadza, Faraz Akram and Raza got a wicket-apiece.
However, the loss by Zimbabwe means they have not won a T20I since October 2019, a run of eight defeats.
Meanwhile, the Chevrons are expected to arrive in Harare this Sunday afternoon.