Captain Hamilton Masakadza spectacular knock saw Zimbabwe register a seven-wicket-win over Afghanistan in the 5th match of Bangladesh Tri-series played at Chattogram on Friday.
The day started with the Afghanistan Captain Rashid Khan winning the toss and opting to bat in perfect batting conditions. The side got off to a perfect as Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz added 83 runs for the opening wicket. Once the openers were dismissed, Afghanistan lose the momentum in their innings and could only 72 runs from the next 11 overs. The side struggled to score quick runs and managed to post 155 runs in their 20 overs.
The star of the show for Afghanistan was wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored a brilliant 61 off just 47 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes.
He was well supported by Hazratullah Zazai, who scored an unbeaten 31 off 24 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
For Zimbabwe, Medium-pacer Chris Mpofu was the most successful bowler on show as he claimed figures of 4 for 30 in his four overs. Tinotenda Mutombodzi also bowled and picked up two wickets in this game.
Zimbabwe ended Bangladesh Tri-series competition with a consolation victory in a game played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram
In reply, Zimbabwe got off to steady start as experienced duo of Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza added 40 runs in the first four overs. Despite losing Taylor in the fifth over, Masakadza continued play his shots and keep the scoreboard ticking for Zimbabwe.
In his farewell game, Masakadza raised his game with the bat and showed his caliber to steer his side to a comfortable win. He finished the innings with the top score of 71 off 42 balls with the help of four fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Regis Chakabva, who chipped in with 39 off 32 balls with the help of two sixes.
Middle-order batsman Sean Williams also played well and produced unbeaten 21 off 24 balls with the help of two boundaries to see Zimbabwe complete the chase in the final over of the innings.
For Afghanistan, off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the most successful bowler as he claimed figures of 2 for 28.