Twitter Reactions: Zimbabwe slightly ahead of Afghanistan after 15 wickets fall on Day 1

Twitter Reactions: Zimbabwe slightly ahead of Afghanistan after 15 wickets fall on Day 1

Sean Williams has held the Zimbabwe innings together with an unbeaten half-century.

Blessing Muzarabani
Blessing Muzarabani. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan’s return to Test cricket didn’t go according to their plans as their batting unit faltered in the first Test against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s bowlers didn’t allow the opposition batters to get out of the groove and score runs. It was a horror day for Afghanistan as they were dismissed for just 131. Zimbabwe didn’t miss an opportunity to capitalize, as they had managed a two-run lead by the end of the day’s play. 

Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that seemed confused whether it was for spinners or seamers. The wicket was green, but from one end it seemed to be very dry as well. Zimbabwe’s new-ball bowlers helped in answering the questions as Blessing Muzarabani stuck with the first ball of the innings. 

Debutant Abdul Malik was the one who got out and from here on, almost everything went downhill for the Afghan team. But, Muzarabani’s biggest scalp came a few overs later when he got the big wicket of Rahmat Shah. Muzarabani ended with figures of 4 for 48 and made sure that Zimbabwe didn’t miss the services of Kyle Jarvis. 

Muzarabani got great support from Victor Nyauchi, who ended with figures of 3 for 34. Donald Tiripano and part spinners, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza picked up a wicket each to make sure that the Afghanistan team didn’t get away with even a competitive first-innings score. As far as batting is concerned, Ibrahim Zadran (31 runs) and Afsar Zazai (37 runs) showed some resistance, but Zimbabwe bowlers were too good for them as well. 

Zimbabwe stutter but Sean Williams leads the way

In response, Zimbabwe were caught in a difficult situation as well. Left-arm spinner Amir Hamza reduced them to 38 for 4, rejuvenating the hopes of Afghan fans. However, that didn’t happen as Sikandar Raza and captain Sean Williams got together and stitched a partnership that helped their side to recover and get very close to Afghanistan’s first innings total. 

Hamza ended the day with four wickets to his name and bowled 17 overs. Williams got to his fifty, staying unbeaten on 54 with Ryan Burl at the other end. Raza made a handy contribution of 43, which can turn out to be crucial, considering the way day one unfolded. With their score at 133 for 5, Zimbabwe would be hoping to take a decent lead in the first innings when they come out to play the second day. 

Here are some of the tweets which sum up the day one’s contest: