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Afghanistan wins T20 International and ODI series against Zimbabwe

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AFGHANISTAN made history when they became the first Associate nation to defeat a Test-playing country in a one-day series and T20 International; comprehensively beating Zimbabwe by 73 runs in the fifth and final ODI and 2-0 win in their T20 International series against Zimbabwe.

It follows a six-wicket win in the first T20I, and caps a historic tour for the Associate nation, who became the first to beat a full ICC member in a multi-game ODI series having defeated Zimbabwe 3-2.
Afghanistan's head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq said to ESPN that, "The boys' passion is key because they have really worked hard in the nets and have applied what we are doing in the practice session to the games," Inzamam said. "I think that's the key and the boys really wanted to win. That's the main thing."
Zimbabwe was out for 172 in the 45th over in ODI despite Sean Williams making a fine 102 off 124 balls with three boundaries and four sixes.
Noor Ali (202) and Nabi (223) and Mohammad Shahzad (176) were the top-three run-scorers for the series from either side, while Williams led the way for Zimbabwe with 152 runs from three innings.
Playing in T20 International Usman Ghani (65) and Gulbadin Naib (56no) struck fifties as Afghanistan successfully chased down 191 to win, with a ball to spare.
  "It's a big thing for me," Naib said. "My new captain Asghar Stanikzai trusted me and told me before the match, 'you can do it. Go on and play your own game.' He gave me the chance in the match." 
Ghani - who hit six fours and three sixes in his 45-ball knock - got Afghanistan's chase to a great start, striking his maiden international T20 fifty.
But two wickets in two balls in the 11th over - Ghani and Mohammad Shahzad (24) falling to Chibhabha (2-37) - threatened to derail the visitors.
Mr Shahid resident of Khost and cricket fan said that, "you can look 10 or eight years ago, there was nothing before in Afghanistan," he said. "Now the streets, school, universities everything you go, it's just cricket and cricket, we want encouragement and support for a healthier Afghanistan."
"Afghanistan national team is pride of Afghanistan and we have gigantic amount of respect for our heroes they always fetch happiness to this war affected country" Bilal Nori said.



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