Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 45 runs in the second T20I in Abu Dhabi to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Afghanistan batting first, posted a huge total of 193/5 and won this game convincingly by 45 runs. Afghanistan have won the 3 match T20I series by 2-0 with 1 more match to go. Usman Ghani’s 49 and Karim Janat’s 53 helped Afghanistan to get a solid foundation and later Mohammad Nabi’s quickfire 40(15) helped them to go past 190.
Zimbabwe kept losing wickets at regular intervals while chasing a big total of 194 and their batsmen never got going. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Naveen ul-haq picked 3, 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
Let us take look at some of the numbers from this match:
41 – Asghar Afghan has won 41 matches as captain in T20I and by doing so has equalled MS Dhoni’s long-standing record.
Most wins as captain in Men’s T20I
Asghar Afghan – 41*
MS Dhoni – 41
Eoin Morgan – 33
Sarfaraz Ahmed – 29
Darren Sammy – 27
Virat Kohli / William Porterfield – 26
13 – Mohammad Nabi has won MoM award for the 13th time in his T20I career and he has most MoM awards in T20Is.
Most MoM award in T20Is
Mohammad Nabi – 13*
Virat Kohli – 12
Shahid Afridi – 11
10 – Afghanistan has won against Zimbabwe for the 10th time in T20Is. They have went past Bangladesh who had 9 wins against Zimbabwe in T20Is and only Pakistan is ahead of Afghanistan.
Most T20I wins vs Zim
Pakistan – 14 (14 matches)
Afghanistan – 10 (11 matches)*
Bangladesh – 9 (13 matches)
New Zealand – 6 (6 matches)
50 – Rashid Khan who made his T20I debut in Oct, 2015 played his 50th T20I match today. Only Asghar Afghan has played more matches than Rashid Khan for Afghanistan since Rashid Khan’s T20I debut.
57 – Afghansitan have won 57 T20I matches and they have went past two time world T20 champions West Indies who have 56 T20I wins currently. [Note:- Super over wins have been excluded and those matches are considered as tied matches].