Rashid Khan’s four-for and three wickets by Amir Hamza helped Afghanistan gain upper hand against Zimbabwe in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Enforced a follow-on after being dismissed for 287 in the first innings, Zimbabwe was 24-0 in its second innings at stumps on third day. In the first innings, Afghanistan posted a mammoth 545-4 declared – with Hashmatullah Shahidi scoring a double century.
With a defeat looming large, Zimbabwe will hope that its openers Kevin Kasuza – unbeaten on 20 – and Prince Masvaure – batting on 3 – survive the spin test, with still 234 runs needed to avoid an innings defeat.
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Starting the proceedings with 50-0 in the first innings, Masvaure (65) and Kasuza (41) took to 91 before the Afghan spinners gained control. Rashid found a breakthrough, with Kasuza being caught behind. Hamza…