Afghanistan – 186 for 6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Nabi 52, Samiullah Shinwari 43, Mohammad Shahzad 40; Tinashe Panyangara 3/32)
Zimbabwe – 127 all out in 19.4 overs (Tinashe Panyangara 17*, Sikandar Raza Butt 15; Rashid Khan 3/11, Hamid Hassan 2/11)
Afghanistan won by 59 runs.
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe on Saturday to progress to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament proper in India.
They won the match by 59 runs to finish top of the qualifying Group B and proceed to the Super 10 stage – for the first time ever – where they join England, South Africa, defending champions Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat and they opened in typical style, setting out to boss the Zimbabwe bowling.
By the time that Sean Williams had opener Mohammad Shahzad (40) caught by captain Hamilton Masakadza, Afghanistan had made 49 runs in 4.5 overs.
Zimbabwe checked that with some fine bowling by Tinashe Panyangara who dismissed captain Asghar Stanikzai for a two-ball duck, leaving Afghanistan 50 for two in 5.3 overs, then bowled Gulbadin Naib (seven) to make it 60 for three in 7.3 overs before dealing with opener Noor Ali Zadran who was on 10.
Afghanistan were now four for 63 in 7.6 overs and with the bulk of their arsenal back in the hut.
After four unsuccessful attempts to beat them in the shortest format of the game, Zimbabwe now had reason to believe.
But as has happened so often with the Zimbabwe attack, it switched off and by the time the next wicket fell – Samiullah Shenwari caught by Vusumuzi Sibanda off Donald Tiripani for 43 – Afghanistan were on 161 runs, with eight balls to play, five wickets in hand and a licence to kill.
They finished their allotted 20 overs with 186 runs.
Payangara got three wickets for 32 runs in four overs, and there was a wicket each for Tiripano and Williams.
Such was the state of Zimbabwe batting on the day that Panyangara returned with the bat to lead the scoring with an unbeaten 17 runs that came off seven balls which included two sixes.
Sikandar Raza Butt added 15, Sibanda and Williams 13 each, Hamilton Masakadza 11 and Chigumbura and Mutumbami 10 each.
Everyone else perished in the singles.
For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan claimed three wickets for 11 runs in four overs and Hamid Hassan two, also for 11 but in three overs.
Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi was chosen as the player of the match for his 52 runs with the bat, the highest of the match, and one for 14 with the ball.