Dream debut for teenager Noor Ahmad as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe to complete T20 series blanking | Cricket News



HARARE: Teenage debutant Noor Ahmad was the four-wicket star as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 35 runs in Harare on Tuesday to complete a 3-0 Twenty20 series shutout.
One of four changes to the side that won on Sunday, the 18-year-old left-arm wrist turner took a remarkable four-for-10 in a four-way spell that held Zimbabwe 90-9 in their 20 overs as they chased Afghanistan 125-8 at Harare Sports Club.
Sharafuddin Ashraf, a slow and left-handed Orthodox bowler, took two wickets as the tourists completed a round of white balls having already won all three matches in the one-day series between the two teams.
After winning the toss and opting to strike, captain Mohammad Nabi scored with 31 for Afghanistan in the dead rubber.
Batting at number six, the all-rounder one-shot and hit two fours.
Nabi was caught by rival skipper Craig Ervine extra bowling cover from Luke Jongwe from the last ball of the 18th when he sliced ​​a full and wide delivery.
Najibullah Zadran, Zimbabwe’s chief hangman in previous T20 triumphs with innings of 44 and 57, lasted just four balls before being caught by rookie wicketkeeper Clive Madande on a googly Ryan Burl.
Sikandar Raza (2-18) and Burl (2-22) have been the most successful Zimbabwean bowlers.
In response, Zimbabwe made it 40-2 before a batting collapse dropped seven wickets for the addition of just 29 runs.
Burl, batting seventh, was the leading scorer with 15 of 24 balls, including one on four, before being caught and knocked down by Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Fly-half Wessley Madhevere made 14 and runner-up Ainsley Ndlovu was 13 not out.


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