Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura © AFP (File photo)
Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura © AFP (File photo)

 

Jul 18, 2014

 

Afghanistan have made a slow start scoring just 58 runs for the loss of 3 wickets after 20 overs. Donald Tiripano struck early for Zimbabwe, dismissing Usman Ghani in just the second over.

 

Asghar Stanikzai, who has played some excellent innings for Afghanistan in the past, looked to be struggling against the Zimbabwean bowlers and fell in the 13th over scoring just 8 runs off 32 balls.

 

The visitors were put to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor and faced jolts right from the start. The first over by Zimbabwean allrounder Tinashe Panyangara went for a maiden. Afghan opener Usman Ghani was dismissed in the next over after he was caught by Elton Chigumbura off Donald Tiripano’s bowling. In came Asghar Stanikzai with the responsibility of steering Afghanistan towards safety. He and opener Noor Ali Zadran four boundaries to take Afghanistan to their current total of 24/1.