Afghanistan’s biggest victory in World T20 and 7 other statistical highlights from ICC World T20 2016 qualifier match against Zimbabwe

The ninth match of the ICC World T20 2016 qualifier between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe proved to be a cracker. In a do or die match for both the teams, batting first Afghanistan batted very well and scored a commanding 186. In return, Zimbabwe couldn’t even bat for the full 20 overs and kept losing wickets regularly. Zimbabwe were all out for 127 with two balls spare. Afghanistan registered their third victory of the tournament and qualify for super 10 stage. With this match, few records were rewritten in the record books. Abhishek Kumar digs out such interesting statistical highlights from this match.

1.  Partnership of 98 runs between Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari for fifth wicket is the highest by any associate team pair for any wicket against any Test playing side in T20Is.


2.  Mohammad Nabi scored his first fifty of his T20I career. He scored 32-ball 52 with four boundaries and two sixes.


3.  Afghanistan’s total of 186 for 6 is the highest total by any associate side in a World T20 match against a Test playing side.


4.  Donald Tiripano spell of 3-0-41-1 is the most expensive spell of three overs by any non-associate bowler against any associate side in T20Is.


5.  Afghanistan won by 59 runs with two balls spare is the biggest margin victory in terms of runs by any associate side against any Test playing nation in a World T20 match.


6.  Rashid Khan’s spell of 4-0-11-3 is the second most economic spell of four overs by an associate bowler against any Test playing nation in a World T20 match.


7.  Overall, it was Afghanistan’s fourth biggest margin victory against any side in T20Is.


8.  Zimbabwe were bowled out for 127, which was the third lowest total by any Test playing side in T20Is against any associate side in World T20.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)