Afghanistan Equals Their Most Consecutive T20I Victories Record After Beating Zimbabwe
It was Afghanistan’s opening game in the T20I tri-series in Bangladesh, while Zimbabwe played their second game in this series. After the Zimbabwe captain decided to field first, Afghanistan managed to score 197/5 (20 overs). In reply, Zimbabwe scored 169/7 in 20 overs as Afghanistan won by 28 runs.
The Asian team has managed 11 consecutive T20I victories
It was the 11th straight T20I victories for Afghanistan. Earlier, Afghanistan were the lone record-holder in the most consecutive T20I wins with 11 victories. Before their latest achievement, Afghanistan had won straight 11 T20Is from 27th March 2016 to 12th March 2017. Now, they have managed to imitate that success once again as they have won every T20I from 5th February 2018. Another victory in their next game against Bangladesh on Sunday (15th September 2019) will help Afghanistan to create a new record in this list.
The full list of Afghanistan’s latest 11 successive T20I victories
|Zimbabwe||5 wickets||Sharjah||5th February 2018|
|Zimbabwe||17 runs||Sharjah||6th February 2018|
|Bangladesh||45 runs||Dehradun||3rd June 2018|
|Bangladesh||6 wickets||Dehradun||5th June 2018|
|Bangladesh||1 run||Dehradun||7th June 2018|
|Ireland||16 runs||Bready||20th August 2018|
|Ireland||81 runs||Bready||22nd August 2018|
|Ireland||5 wickets||Dehradun||21st February 2019|
|Ireland||84 runs||Dehradun||23rd February 2019|
|Ireland||32 runs||Dehradun||24th February 2019|
|Zimbabwe||28 runs||Dhaka||14th September 2019|
Seven consecutive sixes during Afghanistan innings
Afghanistan openers, the debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz (43 runs) and Hazratullah Zazai (13 runs), provided a good start with the 57 runs partnership. However, later, Afghanistan were struggling on 90/4. But then Najibullah Zadran and put a solid attacking 107 runs partnership for the fifth-wicket which changed the momentum of the game.
Zadran was not out on 69 runs off just 30 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes) while Nabi scored 38 runs off 18 balls (4 sixes) before losing his wicket on the last ball of that innings. From 16.3 overs to 17.3 overs, Zadran-Nabi partnership hit seven sixes in seven successive deliveries. In those overs, the Zimbabwe bowlers were Tendai Chatara and Neville Madziva respectively. It was the top game-changing moment.
Chasing down that target, Zimbabwe lost their top-order batsmen very early. Though the late batsmen tried hard, they finished at 28 runs behind from the first innings total. Regis Chakabva remained not out on 42 runs off 22 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes).