Promising Display from Afghanistan Cricket Team: Minnows no more?

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The Afghanistan cricket team, over the last few years, has perhaps been the only team among the associate non Test playing nations that has shown immense progress.

They were always a force to reckon with in the shorter format of the game and have often come close to beating some of the best teams in the world. Their performance in the T-20 World Cups has been more promising than the other associate nations who qualified for the tournament. They were fantastic during the 2015 World Cup as well and showed that they had the class but lacked experience.

It seems that the Afghanistan team has now learned the trick of finishing of matches as well. They have been prolific against the Zimbabwean team in the ongoing One Day series. They have defeated the Zimbabwean team in both the matches that has been played so far in the series.

Scorecards:

1st match: Afghanistan 131(38.5/50)  Zimbabwe 82(30.5/50)
Afghanistan won by 49 runs

2nd Match: Zimbabwe 253/7(50)  Afghanistan 254/6(47.4/50)
Afghanistan won by 4 wickets

It is evident from the scorecards of the matches that the Zimbabwean team were no match to the Afghanistan team.The Afghanistan cricket team outplayed them in both the matches with comprehensive victories.

In the first match the batting of the Afghanistan team were not up to the mark but their bowling was impeccable. Amir Hamza (4/17) and Mohammad Nabi (3/15) destroyed the Zimbabwean batting line-up. Noor Ali Zadran (63) was the lone bright spot in the batting department for the Afghan team in the first ODI.

In the second match, it was Mohammad Shahzad’s brilliant century that led the Afghan team to yet another victory. He scored an unbeaten 131 of just 133 balls and saw his team through. Dawlat Zadran picked up 3 wickets for the Afghan team to restrict the Zimbabwean team to a moderate score of 253/7.

From the recent performances of the Afghanistan team it is pretty clear that they will be one of the teams to look out for in the upcoming T-20 World Cup in India. They have quality spinners, their pacers know how to reverse the old ball and their batsmen have gained a lot more experience from their previous outings. It will not be that surprising if they go on to beat a few of the Test playing nations in the T-20 World Cup

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