Blessing Muzarabani struck with the very first ball of the Take a look at – the primary Zimbabwe bowler to realize the feat
Tea Afghanistan 131 (Zazai 37, Muzarabani 4-48, Nyauchi 3-34) vs Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s quicks made essentially the most of seamer-friendly circumstances to dismiss Afghanistan for 131 in Abu Dhabi. On a green-tinged floor, with motion by means of the air and off the seam and additional bounce for the additional tall Blessing Muzarabani, Zimbabwe’s seamers took eight of Afghanistan’s ten wickets, Muzarabani’s strikes bookending a disappointing effort from a new-look batting line-up.
Although they averted sinking to their lowest Take a look at rating of 103, their last complete will hardly be comfort for Afghanistan, with a bunch of unfastened strokes pointing to deficiencies in defence and temperament – or no less than a scarcity of match apply within the longest format. Afghanistan’s two Checks wins – in opposition to Bangladesh and Eire – have come once they totalled over 300 within the first innings, so they are going to be involved that they’re effectively brief right here.
Along with that, Afghanistan’s workforce choice is also a trigger for concern. Whereas Zimbabwe opted for 3 seamers to work alongside their slew of allrounder-spinners, Afghanistan have gone into the match with only one frontline fast, Yamin Ahmadzai, and three spinners, and can hope they haven’t misinterpret their adopted house floor.
Muzarabani, taking part in in his first Take a look at for the reason that day-night sport in opposition to South Africa in 2017, grew to become the primary Zimbabwe bowler to take a wicket with the primary ball of a Take a look at when he bowled debutant Abdul Malik with a ball that moved into him and took the within edge onto the stumps. Malik’s was the thirty third occasion of a batsman being dismissed off the primary ball of a Take a look at.
His wicket introduced Afghanistan’s solely Take a look at centurion to this point, Rahmat Shah to the crease, and he reached 300 runs on this format with a straight drive down the bottom, however lasted simply 5 extra balls earlier than Muzarabani acquired one to maneuver away barely, take a nice exterior edge and carry to Regis Chakabva. Two balls later, Muzarabani appealed for lbw in opposition to one other newcomer, Munir Ahmad, however Aleem Dar adjudged it not out.
Muzarabani’s early burst was well-supported by his new-ball associate Victor Nyauchi who ensured the third-wicket stand didn’t develop past 29, the best of the innings. He had Munir caught at slip reaching for a large. Ibrahim Zadran, who was Afghanistan’s greatest batsman within the opening session and was sturdy on the sq. drive, went the identical method three overs later, when he tried a drive off an Nyauchi ball that moved away and was caught within the gully. Nyauchi had an extra little bit of success earlier than lunch when he bowled Hashmatullah Shahidi with an inswinging yorker that snuck by means of the bat-pad hole, sending Afghanistan into the lunch break on 85 for five.
Muzarabani adopted up his eight-over morning session by returning instantly after the interval and struck in his second over. Afghan captain Asghar Afghan fished at full ball exterior off and acquired an out of doors edge to provide Chakabva a easy catch. Prime-scorer Afsar Zazai performed some eye-catching photographs together with the leg look and the lower to take Afghanistan over 100 however ultimately edged Donald Tiripano to Chakabva, whereas defending inside the road.
Zimbabwe solely discovered use for spin in tandem within the forty first over and when Sikandar Raza joined Sean Williams within the assault. Raza additionally discovered further bounce and had Abdul Wasi caught at brief leg because it took the shoulder of the bat when he tried to defend. Within the subsequent over, Ahmadzai holed out off Williams to mid-on and the captain then took himself out of the assault so Muzarabani may end off.
Zahir Khan was caught at third slip – the sixth Afghan batsmen to be caught behind the stumps – to provide Muzarabani his first four-wicket haul. Afghanistan will rue their incapacity to depart the ball as a lot as they need to have, although Zahir won’t have been capable of do a lot with the ball he obtained. It was full and moved throughout him to take the skin edge.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent