Twitter Reactions: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat and Asghar Afghan crush Zimbabwe in first T20I

Gurbaz single-handedly changed the game upside down.

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After the two-match Test series, it was now time for the T20Is to begin. Afghanistan has been in good form and it was always going to be tough for the Zimbabwe side to beat them. The Asian team lost the toss and were sent in to bat first. As seen in T20s recently, the teams batting first have found it very difficult to come out victorious.

Zimbabwe had the advantage and now it was upto them to make good use of this. The Afghanistan openers though had other plans. They started off with a bang and scored 66 runs in the powerplay without losing any wicket. Rahmanullah Gurbaz brought up his fifty in 26 balls however Karim Jannat lost his wicket in that very over.

The fall of a wicket did not stop the batsman from attacking as 28 runs came off the next two overs. The scoreboard read 108/1 at the end of 10 overs. It seemed like Afghanistan would make a score in the range of 210-220 for sure. Gurbaz lost his wicket in the 15th over after scoring a brilliant 45-ball 87. His inning included six boundaries and four sixes.

Afghanistan go 1-0 up in the three match series

Thr Zimbabwe bowlers bowled well in the death overs and conceded only 42 runs in the last five overs. The Afghan side finished with a score of 198 which was always going to be very tough to chase down. Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani finished with two wickets each.

Zimbabwe got off to a decent start with the bat. They scored 47 runs in the first six overs at the cost of one wicket. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe played a good knock scoring 44 runs in 37 balls. They problem though was that his inning came at a very low strike rate. The other batsman too got starts but all of them failed to capitalize on it.

The fact that no other batsman crossed 25 runs shows why the side fell short in the run chase. They managed to score only 150 runs in their 20 overs and fell short by 48 runs. Rashid Khan starred with the ball as he took three wickets conceding only 28 runs in his four overs. The Zimbabwe side will have to put up a much better show in the next game to challenge this Afghanistan team.

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