Hello and Welcome  to CricketCountry’s coverage of the ninth match of the ICC World Cup 2016 between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe , qualifier of Group B match at Nagpur. Zimbabwe have never beaten Afghanistan in T20 Internationals (T20I) and will have to win this match if they are to progress to the Super 10s. The team that wins this match will go on to the next round, where they will have England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Afghanistan and Zimbabwe met each other earlier this year and won both the matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both teams have won both matches in this tournament so far and will be looking to make itn to the Super 10s with another win under their belt. Full Cricket Scorecard: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, ICC World T20 2016, Match 9 at Nagpur

Afghanistan have defeated Zimbabwe by 59 runs and qualify for the Super 10 stage and will be grouped in Group 1 alongside West Indies, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Here’s the match report

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 127| Overs 19.4| TARGET 187| BATTING: Tinashe Panyangara 17 (7): Thats it! Afghanistan have won the match comfortably by 59 runs and have therefore qualified for the Super 10s of the tournament. They have won all the three matches in the Group Stages and as a result of their win, Zimbabwe have crashed out! OUT! Donald Tripiano run out 2 (4), Wellington Masakadza b Dawlat 6 (7), Tendai Chatara c Shafiqullah b Stanikzai 8 (5)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 95/7| Overs 16| TARGET 187| BATTING: Donald Tripiano 1 (2), Wellington Masakadza  0 (1): Zimbabwe )are more or less out of this contest as Afghanistan have been clinical in their bowling. Young leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan. OUT! Elton Chigumbura c Shafiqullah b Rashid 10 (10), SIkandar Raza  b Hassan 15 (17)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 82/5| Overs 13| TARGET 187| BATTING: Elton Chigumbura  9 (7), Sikandar Raza 4 (5): Zimbabwe have lost a few more wickets and Afghanistan are firmly in control of this match. Afghanistan have bowled very well and will look to dismiss Zimbabwe as soon as possible. OUT! Malcom Waller b Shenwari 7 (10), Sean Williams st Shahzad b Rashid 13 (16)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 54/3| Overs 9| TARGET 187| BATTING: Malcom Waller 4 (6), Sean Williams 6 (8): Zimbabwe have lost a couple of wickets more and Zimbabwe are in trouble in this run chase. Afghanistan will look to pick up wickets at regular intervals and ensure that Zimbabwe do not get on top. OUT!  Vusmusi Sibanda c Hassan b Rashid, Richard Mutumbami c N Nadran b Nabi 10 (12)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 39/1| Overs 6| TARGET 187| BATTING: Vusmusi Sibanda 12 (17), Richmond Mutumbami 9 (10): Zimbabwe have made a quiet start and will be looking to consolidate on this as the innings progresses. Afghanistan on the other hand will be happy not to have given away many runs, baring the huge six. A lot of responsibility is on the shoulders of their skipper Hamilton Masakadza, but his dismissal  has added more pressure on Zimbabwe. OUT! Hamilton Masakadza c Hamid b Hassan 11 (7)

INNINGS REPORT

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 186/6 | Overs 20| BATTING: Dawlat Zadran 0 (1), Shafiqullah 9 (4): Afghanistan end the innings in a commanding fashion and will surely back themselves to win this game. Zimbabwe on the other hand will have to bat really well to win the match. Afghanistan have the advantage at the break here. OUT! Samiullah Shenwari c Sibanda 43 (37), Mohammad Nabi run out 52 (32)

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 130/4 | Overs 18| BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 21 (27), Mohammad Nabi 41 (23):
Nabi and Shenwari have build a solid partnership and will look to finish the innings with a flourish. Brilliant stuff this from them. Zimbabwe after clawing their way back into the match, have let go off their grip on the match here.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 130/4 | Overs 16 | BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 21 (27), Mohammad Nabi 41 (23): Afghanistan are on the attack now. Shenwari looked out but according to the third umpire, the ball bounced before Waller took the catch in the deep and he survived. Nabi is looking dangerous now. A score close to 160 looks possible now.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 91/4 | Overs 13 | BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 12 (19), Mohammad Nabi 16 (13): Shenwari and Nabi are happy taking singles at the moment. They are perhaps looking to do so till the 16th over and with wickets in hand in the final four overs, they can really explode. Zimbabwe bowlers to their credit have been on the money in the last few overs. Masakadza has rotated the bowlers well.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 80/4 | Overs 11 | BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 9 (11), Mohammad Nabi 11 (9): Zimbabwe will be happy to have made a strong comeback in this match. Afghanistan, after making an excellent start find themselves in a spot of bother as they have not managed to consolidate. It is now up to Shenwari and Nabi to take Afghanistan to a match-winning score.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 66/4 | Overs 9 | BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 4 (6), Mohammad Nabi 2 (2): Zimbabwe get another wicket and Afghanistan are on the back foot. They have lost a couple of wickets, but they have a good run rate. Zimbabwe will not mind that as long as they keep picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 55/2 | Overs 6 | BATTING: Noor Ali Zadran 8 (8), Gulbadin Naib 5 (3): After playing a blistering innings, Mohammad Shahzad is finally dismissed for a 23-ball 40. This is just the breakthrough Zimbabwe needed. Afghanistan will have to ensure that they don’t let the momentum slip. Skipper Stanikzai is also out in the very next over off Panyangara. OUT! Mohammad Shahzad c H Masakadza b Williams 40 (23), Ashghar Stanikzai c Raza b Panyangara 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 37/0 | Overs 4 | BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 33 (20), Noor Ali Zadran 2 (4): Afghanistan are off to an excellent start here. Zimbabwe need to pick up a wicket or two here, else the openers will run away with this match early. Shahzad is looking dangerous here. He has scored boundaries at ease. Hamilton Masakadza needs to find a way to motivate his bowlers and get a few wickets.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 21/0 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 20 (11), Noor Ali Zadran 1 (1): Tendai Chatata is the new bowler for Zimbabwe and Zadran is also immediately off the mark. FOUR! Shahzad smacks it past the bowler with immense pace. FOUR MORE! This time Shahzad he cuts the ball outside off. FOUR! Short ball and he smacks it past the short fine leg fence. Fourth FOUR off the over! Shahzad is in fantastic form as he smashes another boundary.

Live Cricket Score Afghanistan 4/0 | Overs 1 | BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 4 (6), Noor Ali Zadran 0 (0): Wellington Masakadza to bowl the first over and Mohammad Shahzad is off the mark off the very first ball.  This is a good start for Zimbabwe as the left-arm spinner has managed to bowl a tight first over.

Afghanistan XI: Mohammad Shahzad,  Noor Ali Zadran,  Asghar Stanikzai (c),  Gulbadin Naib,  Mohammad Nabi,  Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran,  Shafiqullah,  Rashid Khan,  Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan.

Zimbabwe XI: Hamilton Masakadza (c),  Vusi Sibanda,  Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Tinashe Panyangara, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara

TOSS: Afghanistan have won the toss and elected to bat first

Mohammad Shahzad has been in good form of late and will be eager to play his part in this crucial match so far. Zimbabwe have been in decent form but have peaked at the right time and will want to make of their form. Hamilton Masakadza was appointed captain for this tournament and they have gotten off to the right start under his leadership.

The coaches of both sides have played a crucial role for their respective sides. Zimbabwe have the likes of Dav Whatmore and Heath Streak in their side, whereas Afghanistan have Inzamam ul Haq and Manoj Prabhakar, who have done commendably well with the team. Both the teams will be good addition to the Super 10s, the matches of which start in a few day’s time. But it will be Afghanistan, who will have the psychological edge going into this match.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Karim Sadiq, Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmon Mutumbami (wk), Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

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