Zim A fall in India again

HARARE - The Zimbabwe A cricket team fell to Afghanistan A by five wickets in the second 50 over match of their tour of India yesterday.

Afghanistan, who chased down 269 runs in the first match, won the toss and elected to field and were vindicated in their call after restricting Zimbabwe to 214 runs all out in 46 overs.

Zim A captain Tino Mutombodzi top scored with 67 runs from 90 balls, Timycen Maruma chipped in with 48 runs from 59 balls at top order while tailender John Nyumbu was unbeaten on 24 runs from 22 deliveries.

Spinner Tapiwa Mufudza picked two wickets for 54 runs from 10 overs while fellow spin bowler Mutombodzi and seamers Prince Masvaure and Donald Tiripano grabbed a wicket each.

Their efforts were however, not enough to stop Afghanistan from registering their second win of the campaign by five wickets with 41 balls remaining.

Afghanistan are proving to be a tricky customer for the locals; earlier their senior men’s team whitewashed the Zimbabwe senior side in both the One Day Internationals as well as the Twenty20 series in games played in the United Arab Emirates.

With the T20 series win, Afghanistan rose to number 10 in the ICC T20 rankings while Zimbabwe remained rooted in position 14.

The two teams square-off again in the third match at the same venue tomorrow.

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