Afghanistan won ODI series against Zimbabwe

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 | 0

Finally Afghanistan has claimed the series against Zimbabwe by winning the 5th ODI match which was staged yesterday at Harare Sports Club. The match was about to be a high voltage competition but the Chevrons could not even make any fight against the Afghan but lost as usually. Before the match, they also played total four ODI matches against each other where both teams won two matches each. So, 5th ODI was the title decider match between them and to ensure the trophy, both of them tried. However, Afghanistan presented an almost big target in front of the Chevrons but at the break of the innings, rains affected the ground. So, Zimbabwe was given target to score 161 runs in 22 overs according to the D/L rules but they lost all wickets by scoring just 54 runs so far.

Earlier yesterday which was a day competition, there Afghanistan chose to bat by winning the toss. Afghan captain thought that if they could able to present a huge score in front of Zimbabwe, then the opponents would go under pressure and used to lose their wickets. So, they started to bat very carefully and made 33 runs opening partnership. Though, team Afghanistan started to lose their wickets within a regular gap where the gap was almost 30 to 40 runs but most of the players scored a minimum two figure runs where Rahmat Shah scored highest 50 runs for the team. Besides, Zadran and Nabi also went too close to half century but finally got out with 46 and 48 runs. So, at the end of 50 overs, team Afghanistan scored 253 runs by losing nine wickets.

After the innings when the Chevrons were ready to bat, rains affected the ground. So, delaying the match start, the umpires reduced the match overs to 22 and in the meantime, Zimbabwe was targeted to score 161 runs. It was too much higher for them to chase in such short overs and the ground was so wet and useful for the bowlers. However, they started to chase but stumbled in 3 runs when Moor was out. In following overs, Mire was out by Amir Hamza. Top five Zimbabwe wickets were fallen by scoring below two figure runs and in whole innings, Cremer scored highest unbeaten 14 runs and his nearest score was 11 by Burl. In just 13.5 overs, the Chevrons innings was finished by the destructive spell of Afghan bowlers. Hamza and Nabi took highest three wickets for the team. Afghan player Rahmat Shah was announced as the man of the match. So, Afghanistan won the series by 3 – 2.

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