All-round Afghanistan take 1-0 lead against Zimbabwe

Rahmat Shah top scored with 94 for Afghanistan. Image : AFP

Rahmat Shah top scored with 94 for Afghanistan. Image : AFP

A 181-run organization between Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan’s overall endeavors and Mohammad Nabi’s four-wicket pull assisted Afghanistan with taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Having posted 276/5 on the board, Afghanistan bowled Zimbabwe out for 216 for a 60-run succeed at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday (June 4).

Notwithstanding two or three wides in the opening over, Fazalhaq Farooqi hit the right channels and got his compensation with the wicket of Regis Chakabva in the second over of the pursuit. He likewise disturbed Craig Ervine on a couple of events – he even hit the leg-stump after the player missed a flick in the seventh over however the bails weren’t ousted. Ervine was likewise fortunate as an umpire’s call saved him when Fareed Ahmad struck him on the cushion and Afghanistan selected the audit. In the interim, Ervine and Innocent Kaia were attempting to construct an organization to keep Zimbabwe on target.

A 61-run organization for the subsequent wicket was broken when Ervine’s endeavored drive wound up as a return get for Azmatullah Omarzai. Afghanistan continued to hit at ordinary spans with Nabi driving the way – Wesley Madhevere was out gotten and bowled, Kaia was caught in front while Milton Shumba was gotten behind – as Zimbabwe slipped to 124 for 5 after 32 overs. Sikandar Raza attempted to hold the innings together, enrolling his twentieth ODI fifty however Nabi conveyed one more strike as he had Ryan Burl bowled for 13 to end a 40-run represent the 6th wicket.

Zimbabwe required 101 runs off the last 10 overs when Raza took the assault to Rashid Khan, scoring a four and a six off the legspinner. Donald Tiripano likewise struck a four each off Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Farooqi yet Rashid stowed the large wicket of Raza in the 44th over, getting him out lbw, and he additionally had Tiripano dumbfounded in his next. Fareed Ahmad likewise stowed a wicket while Farooqi got his second as Zimbabwe completed well shy of the objective.

Prior, having been approached to bat, Afghanistan got off to a calm beginning as Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran were held within proper limits by Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara. There was practically nothing free on offer, which implied that Rahmanullah’s top-edged six off Muzarabani was the main limit scored in the initial stand before Zadran was out gotten and bowled off a main edge. Rahmat and Rahmanullah struck two or three fours yet Afghanistan could oversee 37 in the initial 10 overs and they before long lost the other opener, with Tanaka Chivanga striking in his first finished.

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Rahmat and Hashmatullah scored several smudgy limits however there were a few decent shots as well and they likewise pivoted the strike well as they approached fabricating a stage for Afghanistan, helping their side beyond 100 in the 25th over. In any case, Zimbabwe kept things calm in the center overs, downplaying the limits – from the 26th to the 35th over, just two fours were scored while Afghanistan oversaw just 30 runs in this period. Rahmat, in the mean time, had a chance of a lifetime during the 40s when he was put somewhere near Madhevere off Burl and he proceeded to enlist a 95-ball 50 years. Hashmatullah was somewhat faster to his fifty, arriving off 75 balls, with the pair bringing a century organization up in 25 overs.

Afghanistan’s innings got pace once the two players moved beyond fifty, with Rahmat scoring a six and a four off Chivanga in the 39th over, while Raza surrendered three fours in the 40th, including two off Hashmatullah’s bat. Muzarabani finished the enormous organization with the wicket of Rahmat, and he likewise excused Hashmatullah and Nabi in his next finished. Yet, Rashid Khan’s appearance guaranteed a cutthroat complete for Afghanistan – he struck a four and a six off Muzarabani in the 49th over and followed it up with a six and two fours off Chatara in the last over to complete unbeaten on 39 off 17.

Brief score : Afghanistan 276/5 in 50 overs (Rahmat Shah 94, Hashmatullah Shahidi 88, Rashid Khan 39*; Blessing Muzarabani 4-52) beat Zimbabwe 216/10 (Sikandar Raza 67, Innocent Kaia 39; Mohammad Nabi 4-34, Rashid Khan 2-39) by 60 runs.

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