Afghanistan won 1st ODI against Zimbabwe by D/L at Harare

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 | 0

Afghan cricket team is currently visiting Zimbabwe due to play a five matches ODI series there and the series has already started in 16th February, 2017 where Afghanistan won the match by D/L method. However, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe are the two below ranked team where Afghanistan are placed in 10th and Zimbabwe are placed in 11th position according to ICC ODI ranking. So, it would be tough for them to get any schedule to play the big teams. So, Zimbabwe cricket board has arranged a home tournament and invited Afghanistan. Before starting the international ODI series, Afghan A team played total five ODI matches against Zimbabwe A where Afghan won the series by 4 – 1. However, their main official competition has started in 16 February, 2017 which will end up in next 26th February, 2017.

However, earlier of 16th February, 2017, Afghanistan won the toss and came to bat first. Their opener failed to start the game very well but broke the partnership in 10 runs. In the 2nd wicket partnership, Zadran and Rahmat Shah added almost 60 runs to the scoreboard where Shah was out with his 31 runs. Zadran last till 39 runs and got out by Cremer. Later only Asghar stood for while and scored highest 50 runs for the team. Rashid Khan who tried to add a little but finished with 32 runs. Finally, they got all out 215 runs in 49.2 overs so far. Cremer took highest three wickets for the team.

Came to bat, the Chevrons wanted started well but stumbled in 15 runs when Mire got out with individual 2 runs. In following next six runs, another opener Moor was out. Zimbabwe tried so hard but could not bring pace in scoring runs. So, they scored 99 runs by playing 27.2 overs. Just then, rain attacked the match and after few moments of heavy rains, umpires declared to abandon the match. And according to the D/L method, Afghanistan was announced as the winner. If, the Chevrons could make their scoring rate high, then they could be the winner of the match.

Through the victory, Afghanistan moved to the one step closer to win the series. They have still four matches left but they need to win two more matches to secure the series as well.

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