Journal De Bruxelles - Raza stars as Zimbabwe score 159-8 in T20 against Afghanistan

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Raza stars as Zimbabwe score 159-8 in T20 against Afghanistan
Raza stars as Zimbabwe score 159-8 in T20 against Afghanistan / Photo: Jekesai NJIKIZANA - AFP

Raza stars as Zimbabwe score 159-8 in T20 against Afghanistan

Middle-order batsman Sikandar Raza top scored with 45 as Zimbabwe posted 159-8 against Afghanistan on Saturday in the first of three Twenty20 internationals at Harare Sports Club.

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Opener Wessley Madhevere (32) and Regis Chakabva (29) were the other Zimbabweans to make significant contributions while six of their teammates failed to reach 10.

Debutant Najit Masood, a right-arm medium pacer, was the most impressive Afghan bowler on a batting-friendly track, taking three wickets, including those of Raza and Chakabva.

Pakistan-born Raza, whose T20 batting average is a modest 13.4, was out to a brilliant catch at third man by Hazratullah Zazai having faced 31 deliveries and struck three fours and two sixes.

A googly from Rashid Khan spelt the end of Madhevere while a leading edge from Chakabva led to him being caught at mid-off by captain Mohammad Nabi.

The first of three T20 internationals follows a one-day international (ODI) series in Harare won 3-0 by Afghanistan.

S.Lambert--JdB