The Zimbabwe senior men’s cricket team captain Hamilton Masakadza capped off his glittering international career in style after helping the Chevrons to a 7 wicket victory over Afghanistan on Friday.
Zimbabwe snapped Afghanistan’s world-record winning streak in T20 Internationals with the help of captain Hamilton Masakadza who scored 71 runs leading the Chevrons’ 156 run chase, to sign off his international career in style, in Chattogra.
Masakadza’s knock also helped the Chevrons secure their first-ever victory over Afghanistan in the shortest format of the game.
Zazai was eventually dismissed for 31 as the opening stand scored 83, but Gurbaz and Shafiqullah continued to steer the ship.
Zimbabwe’s fightback was spearheaded by seamer Chris Mpofu who had his career-best T20I haul.
Mpofu’s efforts raised the energy of those around him, and from 107 for 1, Afghanistan quickly lost their way, losing 7wickets for 48 run.
The day belonged to Masakadza who More than 18 years after he walked out onto the field for the first time as an international cricketer, Masakadza strode out one last time as Zimbabwe began their chase.
Playing with a freedom that had been lacking from his game of late, Masakadza showed his team just what they would be missing scoring 71 before he was caught in the deep off Dawlat Zadran.
Masakadza was able to leave the international game with a smile on his face, and a landmark Zimbabwe win under his belt.
In a touching tribute, both teams lined up to give Masakadza a guard of honour on his final walk to the middle, and he signed off in style.