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ICC World T20 2016 qualifiers: Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 59 runs

Updated: 12 March 2016 19:15 IST - Published: 12 March 2016 14:08 IST
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Let's hope that the rise of this Affiliate Member of the ICC culminates into something fruitful, and they put up a decent challenge in their upcoming games of the ICC World T20 as well.
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However, the road only gets tougher for them from here on, as they now lock horns with four of the top 8 Test playing nations in the Super 10 stage.
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This victory would be a massive confidence booster for Afghanistan, as they would now be playing in the main round of their second consecutive World Cup after the 50-over World Cup that they featured in last year.
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The partnership between Nabi and Sami was the turning point of the match as they helped Afghanistan recover from a precarious situation and lead them to a winning total. They picked one wicket each as well.
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You can follow the game ball by ball with Sportskeeda's live commentary here.
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Although, we do have a dead rubber coming your way between Hong Kong and Scotland, set to start in some time at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur.
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Alright then, Group B has been done away with, as Afghanistan have joined England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 10 stages.
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"About 150 would be a winning total, we had decided at the start of the match," says a jubilant Nabi.
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Mohammad Nabi collects the player of the match award for the second time in the tournament!
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Afghanistan have won the game by 59 runs and are in the Super 10s with 6 points in three matches.
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19.4 Asghar to Chatara, OUT! Taken in the deep! Afghanistan win! They are through to the Super 10 stages of the tournament! Chatara hits it high over long on, but cannot clear the fence! Taken by Shafiq just inside the ropes!
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19.3 Asghar to Chatara, 2 runs, dropped! Chatara tries to play it through mid-on, but ends up edging it over cover. Dawlat Zadran makes good ground but eventually the ball pops out of his hands in the act of completing the catch!
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19.2 Asghar to Panyangara, 1 run, played towards square leg
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19.1 Asghar to Chatara, 1 run, full toss, played towadrs long-on
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Asghar Stanikzai, the captain, to bowl the final over!
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18.6 Zadran to Chatara, 1 run, short ball, guided over the slip cordon towards third man behind the stumps
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18.5 Zadran to Chatara, FOUR! Uppish shot on an overpitched ball, as he hits it towards long on for a boundary
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18.4 Zadran to Chatara, no run, another yorker, dug out back towards the bowler
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18.3 Zadran to Tendai Chatara, the last man, no run, play and a miss, outside off
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18.2 Zadran to Masakadza, OUT! Bowled him! Another yorker, on the off-stump this time and Masakadza has no answers for it. Afghanistan on the brink of their 5th straight victory over Zimbabwe in T20I.
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18.1 Zadran to Panyangara, 1 run, a yorker, dug out somehow towards fine leg
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17.6 Naib to Masakadza, no run, misses the ball
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17.5 Naib to Panyangara, 1 run, slower ball, hit extremely late straight back over the umpire's head for a single