[caption id="attachment_891423" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-891423" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Najibullah-Zadran_AFP-Resized.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="418" /> Najibullah Zadran smashed an unbeaten 69 off 30 balls, with five fours and six sixes guiding Afghanistan to 197-5. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/najibullah-zadran/news/">Najibullah Zadran</a> hit a blistering half-century as <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/afghanistan/news/">Afghanistan</a> beat <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/zimbabwe/news/">Zimbabwe</a> by 28 runs in their first match of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/bangladesh-tri-nation-series-2019-201190/news/">Tri-Nation Twenty20 international</a> tournament in Dhaka on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Zadran smashed an unbeaten 69 off 30 balls, with five fours and six sixes guiding Afghanistan to 197-5 before their bowlers restricted Zimbabwe to 169-7 to equal their own record of 11 consecutive wins in Twenty20 internationals. <p></p> <p></p>Regis Chakabva hit 42 off 22 balls not out for Zimbabwe but they came late as Afghanistan bowlers made some early breakthroughs to take the target beyond their reach. <p></p> <p></p><strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/bangladesh-tri-nation-series-2019-201190/news/">BANGLADESH TRI-NATION SERIES 2019 | LATEST NEWS</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Skipper Rashid Khan and left-arm seamer Fareed Malik claimed 2-29 and 2-35 respectively, while Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib chipped in with one wicket. <p></p> <p></p>"Being a captain for the first time in T20Is and winning, thanks to Allah. Everyone contributed, in batting, bowling and fielding," Rashid said after the match. <p></p> <p></p>"I think that's the beauty of Afghanistan cricketers that they can adjust very quickly as per the format," said Rashid. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/bangladesh-tri-nation-series-2019-201190/live-scores/afghanistan-vs-zimbabwe-live-cricket-score-match-2-191733-full-scorecard.html"><strong>SCORECARD</strong></a> <p></p> <p></p>Debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz made 43 off 24 balls and shared 57 runs in the opening stand with Hazratullah Zazai (13) after Zimbabwe captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hamilton-masakadza/news/">Hamilton Masakadza</a> won the toss and elected to bowl first. <p></p> <p></p>But Afghanistan's innings got real momentum once <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammad-nabi/news/">Mohammad Nabi</a> joined Zadran to share 107 runs in just 40 balls in a fifth-wicket stand. <p></p> <p></p>The duo hit sixes on seven consecutive balls between the 17th and the 18th over to give Afghanistan an imposing total. <p></p> <p></p>Zimbabwe captain Masakadza lamented the partnership. "A bit of a disappointing day. Our spinners bowled really well in the middle, extracted turn from the wicket but Najib and Nabi just took the game away from us," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"The last two games we didn't really execute at the back end. But the guys are working really hard," Masakadza added. <p></p> <p></p>Nabi was the last man out in the final ball of the innings after making 38 off 18 balls with four sixes. <p></p> <p></p>Tendai Chatara and Sean Williams claimed two wickets each for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe lost their first match in the tournament by three wickets to hosts Bangladesh on Friday.