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MS Dhoni’s Record Under Threat After Asghar Afghan Registers 41st Victory as Skipper in T20Is

MS Dhoni's Record Under Threat After Asghar Afghan Registers 41st Victory as Skipper in T20Is

There is hardly any doubt that MS Dhoni is one of the best skippers in the world, having won numerous trophies. In fact he boasts of an exceptional record leading Team India in T20Is. Captain cool had lead the team in 72 matches, winning 41, making him the most successful captain in the format. But an unlikely player has matched his record.

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Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan, during the second T20I against Zimbabwe, lead his team to a victory, and thus equalled MS Dhoni’s record of most victories as a captain. This was his 41st victory, in only his 51st game as a skipper. While Dhoni had a win percentage of 60, Afghan has of over 80.

Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by 45 runs in the second T20 International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. All-round performance from Mohammad Nabi (40 off 15 balls and 2/20 in three overs) powered the Afghans to the series-clinching win.

Batting first, Afghanistan put up 193/5 in 20 overs. They began well, with Usman Ghani (49) and Karim Janat (53) adding 102 for the second wicket. The two provided the platform. However, at 154/4 at the end of the 17th over, anything close to 200 looked distant for them.

Nabi then powered to 40, hitting four sixes and two fours to take his team to over 190, to take them to a strong position.

Other than leg-spinner Ryan Burl (1/7 in two overs), none of the bowlers impressed.

In reply, Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 148 in 17.1 overs.

Nabi, bowling his off-spinners, removed the dangerman Sean Williams in just his first over, the second of the innings to peg Zimbabwe back.

At 56/5, Zimbabwe looked like they would lose by over 100 runs. However, Burl chipped in with the bat too, making 40 off 29 balls and added 62 runs in seven overs with Richmond Mutumbami (21 off 21) to bring some respectability to Zimbabwe’s score. However, Nabi broke the partnership, removing Mutumbami. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan then picked three, including Burl, to push Zimbabwe towards a loss.

Afghanistan had won the first T20I by 48 runs. The two-Test series was drawn 1-1.There is hardly any doubt that MS Dhoni is one of the best skippers in the world, having won numerous trophies. In fact he boasts of an exceptional record leading Team India in T20Is. Captain cool had lead the team in 72 matches, winning 41, making him the most successful captain in the format. But an unlikely player has matched his record.

Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan, during the second T20I against Zimbabwe, lead his team to a victory, and thus equalled MS Dhoni’s record of most victories as a captain. This was his 41st victory, in only his 51st game as a skipper. While Dhoni had a win percentage of 60, Afghan has of over 80.

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Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by 45 runs in the second T20 International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. All-round performance from Mohammad Nabi (40 off 15 balls and 2/20 in three overs) powered the Afghans to the series-clinching win.

Batting first, Afghanistan put up 193/5 in 20 overs. They began well, with Usman Ghani (49) and Karim Janat (53) adding 102 for the second wicket. The two provided the platform. However, at 154/4 at the end of the 17th over, anything close to 200 looked distant for them.

Nabi then powered to 40, hitting four sixes and two fours to take his team to over 190, to take them to a strong position.

Other than leg-spinner Ryan Burl (1/7 in two overs), none of the bowlers impressed.

In reply, Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 148 in 17.1 overs.

Nabi, bowling his off-spinners, removed the dangerman Sean Williams in just his first over, the second of the innings to peg Zimbabwe back.

At 56/5, Zimbabwe looked like they would lose by over 100 runs. However, Burl chipped in with the bat too, making 40 off 29 balls and added 62 runs in seven overs with Richmond Mutumbami (21 off 21) to bring some respectability to Zimbabwe’s score. However, Nabi broke the partnership, removing Mutumbami. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan then picked three, including Burl, to push Zimbabwe towards a loss.

Afghanistan had won the first T20I by 48 runs. The two-Test series was drawn 1-1.



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