Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe: Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 200 not out, Asghar Afghan’s 164 propel guests into dominant place

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe: Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 200 not out, Asghar Afghan’s 164 propel guests into dominant place

A historic double hundred from Hashmatullah Shahidi left Zimbabwe below an enormous Afghanistan complete of 545-4 declared within the second Check in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Zimbabwe have been 50 with out loss in reply after the second day’s play was taken over as soon as once more by Shahidi and Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan, who shared the nation’s highest partnership in a Check match.

Shahidi remained not out on 200 whereas Asghar scored 164.

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch continued to carry up for batsmen however Zimbabwe will nonetheless want to attain 346 to keep away from the follow-on and the prospect of dealing with Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who’s more likely to get spin from the third day.

Openers Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza, with 29 and 14 respectively, have been on the crease when stumps have been drawn, after a day dominated by a 307-run fourth wicket stand between Shahidi and Asghar.

Resuming at 307-7, they added 121 extra runs earlier than spinner Sikandar Raza trapped the Afghan skipper leg-before within the second session.

The 307-run stand is the highest-scoring partnership for any wicket by Afghanistan batsmen in six Exams to date, beating the second wicket stand of 139 between Ihsanullah Khan and Rahmat Shah towards Eire in Dehradun in 2019.

Asghar batted for 370 minutes, hitting 14 boundaries and two sixes in his maiden century.

Shahidi added one other 117 for the fifth wicket with Nasir Jamal who made 55 not out.

In all, Shahidi’s monumental innings lasted ten minutes in need of ten hours, spiced with 21 boundaries and a six.

Ryan Burl (1-69), Raza (1-79) and Victor Nyauchi (1-102) have been Zimbabwe’s wicket takers.

Zimbabwe lead the two-match collection 1-0 after profitable the primary Check by ten wickets, additionally in Abu Dhabi.

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