Zimbabwe reduced difference with Afghan by winning 3rd ODI

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

After facing a number of defeat against Afghanistan in ODI in this season when Afghan cricket team is visiting Zimbabwe, the Chevrons has finally achieved a remarkable victory over them in 3rd ODI which was staged at Harare in 21st February, 2017. Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan in the match by just 3 runs. Though, the match was high voltage and was almost on Afghan’s side but finally Afghan players could not manage another victory. It could be the 3rd consecutive ODI victory for the Afghan against Zimbabwe in this tour and if they could manage the match, they could have secured the series as well. Now, two ODI matches have still in hand and if Zimbabwe wants to win the series, they should win the rest two matches and on the other side, Afghan team needs just one more victory to secure the series. However, through the victory, the series is still led by Afghanistan by 2 – 1.

Tsmplug.comhe whole ODI series between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan is scheduled to be the day match and according to the time, earlier in 21st February, Zimbabwe won the toss and came to bat. Afghan bowlers were very destructive in that day and started to attack since the beginning of Zimbabwe innings. Within 9 runs, they took the Chevrons first opener Mire and since then within a short gap, Zimbabwe used to lose their wickets. They could not able to stand Afghan bowlers for long but got packet in 32.4 overs. In the meantime, the Chevrons scored 129 runs so far. Musakanda scored highest 60 runs for the team. On the other hand, excluding Hamza, rest four Afghan bowlers got at least one wickets each where Naib took highest four wickets.

Afghan players thought to win the match very easily but came to crease, they had to change their thought but fought to stand on it. But also the crease turned to the bowling favoured by then and Afghan players started to suffer. In 6 runs Afghan had to broke their opening partnership when they lost Zadran with 0 run. Without him, top six players just passed two figures but among them Stanikzai scored highest 31 runs. So, they also fallen into batting accident and getting all out in 29.3 overs. THey scored 126 runs in the meantime. So, they lost the match by 3 runs.

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