The Afghanistan National Cricket team on Saturday romped home to beat Zimbabwe by 59 runs in their knockout group match in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 game on Saturday afternoon.
Afghanistan set a daunting target for Zimbabwe of 187 runs for 6 wickets, which they were not able to come close to.
Afghanistan will now go through to play England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the next round.Afghanistan started off aggressively after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Mohammad Shahzad scored 40 runs from 23 balls.
The Afghan team lost early wickets but the middle order batsmen Samiullah Shenwar and Mohammad Nabi built a strong 98-run partnership. Nabi scored 52 runs before being run out during the 19.5 over.
Zimbabwe in turn battled to reach Afghanistan's run rate of 9.30 and barely held on to an average run rate of 6 throughout the game.At the half way mark, Zimbabwe had managed only 58 runs.By the 11th over, Zimbabwe still needed 122 off 54 balls and by the 17th over they needed 85 off 18 balls.Afghanistan will move on to play in the Super 10s next week.
Within minutes of the game ending, President Ashraf Ghani took to twitter and said: "Well played. Many congratulations to our national cricket team and to the fans for this brilliant win. Looking forward to more such performances.
"In an interview after the match, Afghan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai said: "The match is very important to Afghanistan, Afghanistan people are crazy for cricket it is very important to us. Shahzad was very well today and we had some good partnerships, it is good for the next round."Player of the match was Nabi. Afghanistan will play Sri Lanka on Wednesday at Eden Gardens, Kolkata