Sean Williams and Donald Tiripano placed on an unbeaten 124-run stand for the eighth wicket.© Twitter
Skipper Sean Williams scored a pugnacious hundred and all-rounder Donald Tiripano hit a maiden half century to delay Afghanistan’s victory on the fourth day of the second Take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Williams was 106 not out for his fourth Take a look at hundred — third as captain and third in successive Exams — and Tiripano was on an unbeaten 63 as Zimbabwe closed the day on 266-7 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. This places Zimbabwe simply eight runs forward with three wickets together with the preventing duo of Williams and Tiripano to avoid wasting their 1-0 lead within the two-match sequence.
Zimbabwe received the primary Take a look at by ten wickets, additionally in Abu Dhabi.
Leg-spinner Rashid Khan had put Afghanistan in sight of a series-levelling win with 5-105 — his fourth 5 wicket haul in 5 Exams — however Williams and Tiripano stood agency.
The duo nullified Rashid and different bowlers after Zimbabwe had been looking at defeat on 170-7 at tea, needing 118 to keep away from an innings defeat.
However Williams and Tiripano ensured Zimbabwe didn’t lose a wicket within the ultimate session as they added 124 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket stand.
Williams lower Rashid for his ninth boundary to succeed in his century and likewise helped overcome the innings defeat. He has to this point batted for 190 balls and hit 9 boundaries and a six.
Tiripano, who survived some anxious moments towards Rashid, improved on his earlier better of 49 not out towards New Zealand at Harare in 2016. He has to this point hit 11 boundaries off 164 balls.
Resuming on 24 with out loss Zimbabwe misplaced each openers Prince Masvaure (15) and Kevin Kasuza (30) earlier than lunch and 5 extra wickets within the second session.
After paceman Sayed Shirzad eliminated proficient batsman Wesley Madhevere for his third duck in two Exams — a pair on this Take a look at — Rashid got here into his personal.
Rashid eliminated Sikandar Raza (22), Ryan Burl (nought) and Regis Chakabva (nought) within the house of simply two runs and off his eight balls to go away Zimbabwe tottering at 142-7.
However Williams, who additionally hit 100 towards Sri Lanka at Harare in January final yr and within the first Take a look at towards Afghanistan right here, took the sport to final day.
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