International ODI Cricket

Zim vs Afg 5th ODI: Dominant Afghanistan dismantle hosts to seal series

Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, 5th ODI, Harare
Afghanistan 253 for 9 (Rahmat 50, Nabi 48, Mpofu 3-46) beat Zimbabwe 54 (Nabi 3-14, Hamza 3-20) by 106 runs (D/L Method)

Afghanistan’s bowlers consolidated to move Zimbabwe over for 54, helping the guests seal a 3-2 arrangement win with a 106-run D/L triumph in the last ODI in Harare.

The visitors chose to bat and were given a good start from opener Noor Ali Zadran’s 49-ball 46, even though Zimbabwe got early wickets.

Noor Ali inevitably fell toward the finish of the fifteenth more than, a wicket that put the brakes on Afghanistan’s force as skipper Asghar Stanikzai and Rahmat Shah attempted to unfaltering the innings from 85 for 3. The combine put on 39 off 64 balls, which was trailed by a fifth-wicket remain of 35 amongst Shah and Samiullah Shenwari. After Rahmat achieved his fifty, both he and Shenwari were run-out as Afghanistan wound up at 172 for 6 at the 40-over stamp.

Allrounder Mohammad Nabi then batted with the lower arrange, hitting four fours and a six in his 48 off 40 balls. Dawlat Zadran hit 14 off 6 balls to lift them to 253 for 9. Medium-pacer Chris Mpofu completed with figures of 3 for 46 while the turn team of Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams kept things tight and yielded a consolidated 74 in 20 overs.

Zimbabwe’s reaction was deferred by rain and a wet outfield, abandoning them with a changed focus of 161 off 22 overs. They endured an early blow, losing Peter Moor in the second over. Three balls later, left-arm spinner Amir Hamza expelled Solomon Mire, before returning two more wickets off four balls in his next over to diminish Zimbabwe to 13 for 4.

There was to be no recuperation, with just two batsmen getting into twofold figures, as Nabi and Rashid Khan – who were both gotten by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL closeout not long ago – took joined figures of 5 for 22. Rahmat was named Man of the Match for his fifty.

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