Masakadza’s heroic knock in farewell game wins it for Zimbabwe
Hamilton Masakadza bid farewell in style as his blistering knock guided to a comfortable win against Zimbabwe in the dead-rubber clash.
Legends never fail to leave their mark for one last time before saying goodbye to the game of cricket and so did Hamilton Masakaza, one of the biggest ever legend of Zimbabwe. The men in red chased down Afghanistan’s 156 comfortably courtesy of a stunning knock from Masakadza.
Chasing 156 to win, Zimbabwe were off to a brisk start as skipper Masakadza and Brendan Taylor put up a 40-run stand for the opening wicket. Regis Chakabva joined Masakadza after Taylor’s fall and the two batsmen added 70 runs for the 2nd wicket before Masakadza perished for 71 in the 13th over off Dawlat Zadran.
Masakadza and his men end Afghanistan’s 12-match winning streak in the shortest format of the game. Earlier, Afghanistan set the ball rolling with an aggressive 83-run stand between their openers – Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai. While the former went on to score 61 off 47 balls, the latter scored 31 off 24 balls.
However, they failed to make it big in the end and lost the plot in the middle overs. The Asian side, who were looking to set for a big total, having reached 107/1 from 12.5 overs, lost four wickets for 18 runs as pacer Chris Mpofu scalped four wickets to restrict Afghanistan to 155/8 at the end of 20 overs.