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Zim XI, Afghanistan draw

NOOR Ali compiled his second hundred of the match as Afghanistan secured a draw against Zimbabwe XI in Mutare. Set an improbable 374 to win, Afghanistan ended on 211 for 4 and took first-innings points.

Earlier, after resuming on 267 for 6, Zimbabwe pushed their total to 446 for 9, thanks to No 8 Trevor Garwe’s brisk century. Forster Mutizwa failed to add his overnight score of 56, which left plenty of responsibility on Garwe’s shoulders.
He found solid support from the tail, adding 83 for the eighth wicket and 94 for the ninth. Garwe was aggressive during his 122-ball knock, smashing 13 fours and four sixes. Once he was dismissed for 117, Tatenda Taibu declared.
The hosts couldn’t get the early breakthroughs as the openers motored along in a stand of 103. Noor was unbeaten on 100 by the 45th over, when the captains called off the game. Noor struck 15 fours and a six on his knock, which came off 134 balls.
Zimbabwe XI captain Tatenda Taibu was impressed with the performance of Afghanistan and he said they were a lot better than he expected. “They batted very well in defence, but they could probably work on putting away the bad ball, as they missed out on some of the bad balls that we bowled,” Taibu said.
The 26-year-old felt the Intercontinental Cup would help develop the game in Zimbabwe. “The competition is definitely good for our players as they get to play against different teams in different conditions,” Taibu said.
“It is good for the up-and-coming players and it will put pressure on the players in the national team and create some competition for places. — cricinfo.

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