Yusuf blitz sees Mushfiqur’s Joburg Buffaloes into Zim Afro T10 final
Yusuf Pathan of India smashed a breathtaking 26-ball 80 to fire Joburg Buffaloes, also featuring Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim, into the final of the Zim Afro T10 league after registering a six-wicket win over Durban Qalandars in Qualifier 1 on Friday.
Chasing a 141-run target, Joburg Buffaloes got over the line with one ball to spare at the Harare Sports Club.
Chasing a steep target, Joburg Buffaloes found themselves in a precarious position, losing four for 57 in 5.1 overs. However, from there on, Mushfiqur and Yusuf stitched together a rapid 85-run fifth-wicket stand off just 28 deliveries to steer their side home.
Yusuf scored the bulk of the runs, remaining unbeaten after a spectacular knock that saw five boundaries and eight maximums. Mushfiqur played the role of second fiddle, scoring a 10-ball 14 not out, featuring two boundaries.
Earlier, Durban Qalandars posted a commendable 140 for four in the 10-over-game, thanks to scores of 39, 32*, 24*, and 20 from Andre Fletcher, Asif Ali, Nick Welch, and Miraz Baig, respectively.
Mushfiqur's Joburg Buffaloes will play the same opponent in the final today after the Qalandars beat Harare Hurricanes by four wickets in the Qualifier 2 later yesterday to progress to the final.