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Zimbabwe Chevrons 2021 Afghanistan Tour

Since being granted Test cricket status in 1992, Zimbabwe had played 110 matches, winning 12 of them, drawing 28 times and losing 70 games before meeting Afghanistan. When the Chevrons took to the pitch against Afghanistan at the beginning of March 2021, it was their 111 Test match while for the Asians, it was only their fifth.

Interestingly, it was the first meeting between the two sides in the longer version of the game, having played 25 One Day Internationals, in which Afghanistan have won 15, and nine T20 internationals with the Asians claiming victory in eight of the matches. It was thus an interesting duel, that was to become a Test of Firsts for the Chevrons. The Chevrons’ victory against the Asians was the first time that Zimbabwe had cruised to a 10 wicket victory inside two days in their 13 Test wins since 1992.

Sean Williams, who was appointed the Test cricket captain, led the class of players that recorded their firsts for the national team as he won the first Test of his captaincy. Zimbabwe seamer, Blessing Muzarabani, who debuted in the pink-ball against South Africa in 2017, could be regarded as having made his proper introduction to the Test arena. The 24-year-old fast bowler wrote his own piece of history as he became the first Chevrons bowler to take a wicket with the first ball on the first day of a first Test Match in the history of the format of the game for Zimbabwe.[1]

Afghanistan Tour (Played in the United Arab Emirates)

The Zimbabwe National Cricket Team toured the United Arab Emirates in March 2021 to play two Test and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against Afghanistan. It was the first time the two teams had played a Test match against each other.

Originally the series was scheduled to be played in Oman. In January 2021, the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave accreditation for the Ministry Turf 1 at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat to host Test cricket. However, in February 2021, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed that the series would take place in the UAE. The series was initially put into doubt due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however in late January 2021, Zimbabwe's Sports and Recreation Commission gave its approval for the tour to take place. On 12 February 2021, the ACB announced the tour schedule.

2 Tests

  • 2-6 and 10-14 March 2021

3 T20Is

  • 17, 19 and 20 March 2021

Ahmed Shah Pakteen was named as the on-field umpire for both Tests, becoming the first Afghan umpire to officiate in Test cricket.

Squads

Afghanistan

  • Asghar Afghan (c)
  • Munir Ahmad
  • Javed Ahmadi
  • Yamin Ahmadzai
  • Fazal Haque
  • Amir Hamza
  • Nasir Jamal
  • Rashid Khan
  • Abdul Malik
  • Wafadar Momand
  • Mohammad Saleem
  • Bahir Shah
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi
  • Shahidullah
  • Sayed Shirzad
  • Zia-ur-Rehman
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Afsar Zazai

Zimbabwe

1st Test

Day One TOSS: Asghar Afghan has won the toss, and @ACBofficials will bat first. Zimbabwe's playing XI:

  • Prince Masvaure
  • Kevin Kasuza
  • Wesley Madhevere
  • Sikandar Raza
  • Ryan Burl
  • Tarisai Musakanda
  • Regis Chakabva (wkt)
  • Blessing Muzarabani
  • Victor Nyauchi
  • Donald Tiripano

Day 1 & 2 1st Innings - Overall Results

  • Afghanistan were 131 after 47 Overs (AFG: Zazai 37, Zadran 31 and Hamza 16*; ZIM: Muzarabani 4-48, Nyauchi 3-34 and Williams 1-4)
  • Zimbabwe were 250 after 72 Overs (ZIM: Williams 105, Chakabva 44 and Raza 43; AFG: Hamza 6-75 and Khan 2-81)
  • Zimbabwe claimed the first Innings[2]

Day 2 2nd Innings- Results Hello and welcome to the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Zimbabwe resumed on their overnight score of 133-5 in 39 overs (Sean Williams 54*, Ryan Burl 8*; Hamza 4/61, Ahmadzai 1/20), and ended the first innings with 250 after 72 overs as shown in Results above.

  • Afghanistan were 135 after 45.3 Overs (AFG: Zadran 76, Hamza 21 and Afghan 14; ZIM: Tiripano 3-23, Nyauchi 3-30 and Muzarabani 2-14)
  • Zimbabwe were 17-0 after 3.2 overs (Kevin Kasuza 11*, Prince Masvaure 5*) and Zimbabwe win by 10 wickets in the first Test Match.

2nd Test

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Zimbabwe's playing XI are:

2nd Test: Day 1 - 1st Innings Day 1 - STUMPS: @ACBofficials 307-3 after 90 overs (AFGHAN: Afghan 106*, Shahidi 86* and Zadran 72; ZIM: Burl 1-34, Nyauchi 1-73)

2nd Test: Day 2 - 1st innings

  • Day 2: @ACBofficials declare 1st innings on 545-4 after 160.4 overs (AFGHAN: Shahidi 200*, Afghan 164 and Zadran 72; ZIM: Burl 1-69, Raza 1-79 and Nyauchi 1-102)
  • Zimbabwe were 50-0 after 17 overs and trailed by 495 by close of Day 2 (Masvaure 29* and Kasuza 14*)

2nd Test: Day 3 - 1st Innings

  • Prince Masvaure brought up his third Test 50 with 3 boundaries, off 117 deliveries.
  • Sikandar Raza brought up his eighth Test 50, with 4 boundaries, off 81 deliveries
  • Zimbabwe finished the 1st Innings on 287 all out after 91.3 overs (ZIM: Raza 85, Masvaure 65 and Kasuza 41; AFGHAN Khan 4-138, Hamza 3-73 and Shirzad 2-48)
  • 2nd Innings started with Zimbabwe batting since they were forced into a follow-on (f/o) after they scored significantly fewer runs that Afghanistan. By close of Day 3 Zimbabwe were trailing by 234 runs after 13 overs in the 2nd Innings (Kasuza 20* and Masvaure 3*) and the match will continue tomorrow.

2nd Test: Day 4 - Second Innings

  • 266-7 after 106 overs (ZIM: Williams 106*, Tiripano 63* and Kasuza 30; AFGHAN: Khan 5-105, Shirzad 1-35 and Ahmadi 1-40)
  • By end of Day 4, Zimbabwe was led by 8 runs.

2nd Test: Day 5 - Second Innings

  • Coming into Day 5, Zimbabwe continued on the crease with Williams and Tiripano batting.
  • Sean Williams record his first Test 150.
  • Result after Day 5 of 2nd Innings: Afghanistan won the second Test by 6 wickets to level the series 1-1.
  • Scorecard after Day 5: (ZIM 365: Williams 151*, Tiripano 95 and Kasuza 30; Khan 7-137, Ahmadi 1-40 and Shirzad 1-49) and AFGHAN 108-4: Shah 58, Zadran 29 and Shahidi 6*; Burl 2-16 and Muzarabani 2-25)
  • Result after Day 5: Afghanistan win by 6 wickets to level the series 1-1

T20I

1st T20I

The 1st Abu Dhabi Sunshine T20I Series 2021 was played on 17 March 2021 in Abu Dhabi. The results were as follows after 20 Overs for each team:

  • Afghanistan: 198-5 after 20 Overs (Gurbaz 87 and Afghan 55; Muzarabani 2-38 and Ngarava 2-43)
  • Zimbabwe: 150-7 after 20 Overs (Kamunhukamwe 44 and Raza 22; Khan 2-14 and Janat 3-28)
  • Afghanistan won by 48 runs.

The 2nd T20I will be played on 19 March 2021.

2nd T20I

Second T20I and Zimbabwe looking forward to levelling the series in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan batted first and the reults were as follows:

  • Afghanistan: 193-5 after 20 Overs (Janat 53 and Ghani 49; Muzarabani 2-44 and Burl 1-7)
  • Zimbabwe: 148 after 17.1 Overs (Burl 40 and Tiripano 24; Khan 3-30 and Nabi 2-20)
  • Afghanistan won by 45 runs.

3rd T20I

Tough series in Abu Dhabi as Zimbabwe lost their third T20I to Afghanistan. Congratulations to @ACBofficials as the results ended as follows:

  • Afghanistan: 183-7 after 20 Overs (Zadran 72* and Ghani 39; Ngarava 2-35 and Burl 2-41)
  • Zimbabwe: 136-5 after 20 Overs (Raza 41* and Burl 39*; Janat 2-34 and Naveen-ul-Haq 1-17)
  • Afghanistan won by 47 runs.

Further Reading

https://www.pindula.co.zw/Five_Things_Learned_About_Zimbabwe_from_their_T20I_series_against_Afghanistan




References

  1. Don Makanyanga, [1], The Sunday Mail, Published: 7 March, 2021, Accessed: 21 March, 2021
  2. [2], Zimbabwe Cricket, Published: 2 March, 2021, Accessed: 2 March, 2021