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 Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Williams was 106 not out for his fourth Test hundred — third as captain and third in successive Tests — 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 combating duo of Williams and Tiripano to avoid wasting their 1-Zero lead within the two-match collection.
Zimbabwe received the primary Test 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 Tests — however Williams and Tiripano stood agency.
The duo nullified Rashid and different bowlers after Zimbabwe had been observing defeat on 170-7 at tea, needing 118 to keep away from an innings defeat.
But Williams and Tiripano ensured Zimbabwe didn’t lose a wicket within the remaining session as they added 124 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket stand.
Williams reduce Rashid for his ninth boundary to achieve his century and in addition helped overcome the innings defeat. He has up to now batted for 190 balls and hit 9 boundaries and a six.
Tiripano, who survived some anxious moments in opposition to Rashid, improved on his earlier better of 49 not out in opposition to New Zealand at Harare in 2016. He has up to now 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 gifted batsman Wesley Madhevere for his third duck in two Tests — a pair on this Test — Rashid got here into his personal.
Rashid eliminated Sikandar Raza (22), Ryan Burl (nought) and Regis Chakabva (nought) within the area of simply two runs and off his eight balls to go away Zimbabwe tottering at 142-7.
But Williams, who additionally hit 100 in opposition to Sri Lanka at Harare in January final 12 months and within the first Test in opposition to Afghanistan right here, took the sport to final day.
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