Masakadza leads Zimbabwe to a 7-wicket thumping win over Afghanistan in his farewell game

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Hamilton Masakadza scored a match-winning 71 as Zimbabwe cruised to a consolation victory to show spirits against Afghanistan in the ongoing tri-series in Bangladesh. He shared 40 in a partnership with Brendan Taylor (19) for the opening stand before adding 70 runs in his stand with Regis Chakbva for the second wicket. Chakabva kept the runs flowing after fast bowler Dawlat Zadran had Maskadza caught by Mohammad Nabi at long-on with Zimbabwe at 110-2 in 13th over. "Fantastic feeling to finish off like that," Masakadza said.

 

Masakadza leads Zimbabwe to a 7-wicket thumping win over Afghanistan in his farewell game

"Always knew the boys had a performance in them. Good to get a send-off like this." Chakabva made 32 while Sean Williams, who hit the winning single, was not out on 21. Earlier Rahmanullah Gurbaz smashed a 47-ball 61, his maiden fifty, to lift Afghanistan after Rashid Khan opted to bat first. He and Hazratullah Zazai (31) combined for 83 runs in just 9.3 overs but the Zimbabwe bowlers, led by Christopher Mpofu's career-best 4-30, stifled Afghanistan halfway through the innings.

 

Tinotenda Mutumbodzi claimed 2-18 to give Mpofu the support to restrict Afghanistan to a moderate total. "We had a good start but didn't finish off well," Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan said. "That's a part of T20 cricket. Had a good game, will take the positives and will try not to repeat the mistakes." Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh on Saturday in a dress rehearsal of the final, which is on Sept. 24 in Dhaka.

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