Ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan and fellow gradual bowler Amir Hamza shared seven wickets between them to depart Zimbabwe battling to keep away from defeat within the second Check in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Pressured to follow-on after being dismissed for 287 all out, Zimbabwe have been 24 with out loss of their second innings after the third day’s play at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Afghanistan had made a mammoth 545-4 declared of their first innings. Openers Kevin Kasuza was unbeaten on 20 and Prince Masvaure was on three as Zimbabwe nonetheless want 234 runs to keep away from an innings defeat.
Afghanistan will hope their spinners Rashid Khan, who took 4-138 in a marathon 36.3 overs, and Hamza run by way of Zimbabwe as soon as extra to stage the two-match sequence.
Zimbabwe gained the primary Check by ten wickets, additionally in Abu Dhabi.
Starting the day on 50 with out loss of their first innings, Masvaure (65) and Kasuza (41) took Zimbabwe to 91 earlier than the Afghan spinners ran riot.
Rashid made the breakthrough when he had Kasuza caught behind. Hamza then accounted for Masvaure as wickets continued to fall within the second session.
Tarisai Musakanda performed a sturdy innings of 41, hitting a six off Rashid however the leg-spinner had him leg-before off a googly.
Left-arm paceman Sayed Shirzad took two wickets in two balls quickly after lunch, dismissing Zimbabwe skipper Sean Williams for eight and Wesley Madhevere off successive deliveries to depart Zimbabwe struggling at 4-145.
Hamza, who completed with 3-73 dismissed Ryan Burl for nought as Zimbabwe have been in peril of being bowled out for underneath 200.
However Sikander Raza, who topscored with 85, shared a combating 53-run stand for the seventh wicket with Regis Chakabva who made 33.
Rashid dismissed each to finish the Zimbabwe innings.
Raza batted solidly for 185 minutes, hitting seven boundaries and a six however ran out of companions and was final man out slogging to long-off.
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