After restricting Afghanistan in a small total, Zimbabwe has not been able to be in a comfortable position at day 1 stumps of Afg vs Zim 1st test at Abu Dhabi, 2021.
Blessing Muzarabani and Victor Nyauchi, both of the Zimbabwean pacer struck very early in Afghanistan’s innings. Except Ibrahim Zadran and Afsar Zazai, all the others Afghan batsmen have failed to face this Zimbabwean pace duo.
Afghan lefty spinner Amir Hamza pulled Zimbabwe top-order back as well. Though they has left a glimpse of hope with an unbeaten fifty by Sean Williams at the end of day 1 of 1st Afg vs Zim Test, 2021.
Afghanistan could only manage to put 131 runs in their first innings. Zimbabwean pace duo Muzarabani and Nyauchi took 4 and 3 wickets respectively. In reply, Zimbabwe finished day’s play at 133 for 5 with an unbeaten 54 of 78 from Seam Williams.
Zimbabwe started day’s play with a first-ball bowled of Afghan opener Abdul Malik by Muzarabani. Experienced Rahmat Shah went back very quickly being caught-behind by the same bowler.
Then the other opener Ibrahim tried to fight back for a while along side Munir Ahmed. But they couldn’t resist for long. Nyauchi picked them both. Ibrahim can only managed to score 31 from 41 before went back to the hut.
Later on, Zimbabwe started their innings in almost the same way like their opponent. They lose their first wicket in the fourth ball of their innings when Yamin Ahmedzai bowled the Zimbabwean opener Kavin Kasuza. At a stage Zimbabwe became 38 for 4.
Then Sean Williams made a 71 runs partnership with Sikandar Raza. Lefty spinner Amir Hamza brought the vital breakthrough by picking up Sikandar Raza, who played an well-made 43 from 62. Amir Hamza took another 3 Zimbabwean wickets as well.
Now, Zimbabwe is looking forward to extend their 2 runs lead in the day 2 with Sean Williams stayed at the crease along with all-rounder Ryan Burl.