NEW DELHI: Afghanistan and Zimbabwe reaped the benefit of some tight death bowling to both begin 14-run victories on the opening day of World T20 on Tuesday and boost their prospects of making the World T20 main draw.
Vusi Sibanda’s fluent fifty and Elton Chigumbura´s late assault powered Zimbabwe to 158-8 against Hong Kong in the first match of the sixth World T20 event at Nagpur Stadium.
The Africans then restrict Hong Kong to 144-6 and won by 14 runs.
In the second match of the day, Afghanistan posted 170-5 at the same venue by entertaining fifty from Mohammad Shahzad and later by some impressive death bowling to restrict Scotland to 156-5 and won their Group B clash by 14 runs.
The top sides from Group A and B will move in to the Super 10 stage involving the eight established teams of world cricket.
Bangladesh will play Netherlands, while Ireland will meet Oman in the two Group A matches on Wednesday.