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Zimbabwe seamers star as Afghanistan collapse

Afghanistan put up a poor display with the bat on the opening day of the Test series against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi to eventually collapse for just 131.

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan got off to the worst possible start, losing a wicket off the very first ball. They went into the lunch break at 85/5, hoping for a miraculous turnaround in the second session, something that never materialised.

They were dealt a huge blow post the break when skipper Asghar Afghan edged one behind as a result of no footwork on a surface where the pacers were getting assistance. The wicket did force Afsar Zazai to open up and fetch a few boundaries but with the wicketkeeper-batsman also falling for the extra bounce that was on offer, Afghanistan’s hopes diminished. Sikandar Raza opened his wickets column and Sean Williams joined him the very next over.

Muzarabani, who was the star of the day, came back to close out the innings and finish with a four-wicket haul as the teams went into the Tea break.

Muzarabani initially gave Zimbabwe the ideal start when he removed opener Abdul Malik off the very first ball of the Test. Having already sent the opener back to the pavilion, Muzarabani struck again in his second over when key batsman Rahmat Shah edged behind. Having seized the control early, Zimbabwe kept the pressure up when Victor Nyauchi over from Muzarabani.

Chief scores

Afghanistan: 131 in 47 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 31, Afsar Zazai 37, Blessing Muzarabani 4/48, Victor Nyauchi 3/34)

Zimbabwe: 133/5 in 39 overs (Sean Williams 54 n.o, Sikandar Raza 43, Amir Hamza 4/61). (Agencies)