Afghanistan defend 245 in historic series win

Afghanistan 245 for 9 (Noor Ali 54, Nabi 53, Masakadza 3-31) beat Zimbabwe 172 (Williams 102, Dawlat 4-22) by 73 runs
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It was celebration time for Afghanistan in Bulawayo after they comprehensively saw off the hosts © AFP

An all-round performance from Afghanistan assured them a place in the history books: their massive 73-run victory against Zimbabwe in the fifth ODI meant they took the series 3-2, becoming the first Associate to beat a Full Member in a multi-match ODI bilateral series.

Afghanistan set the hosts a target of 246 courtesy fifties from Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Nabi, and then weathered a fighting hundred from Sean Williams to bowl Zimbabwe out for 172 in 44.1 overs.

Even though Afghanistan’s middle order did not capitalise on the strong start provided by their top four batsmen, their bowlers, led by Dawlat Zadran, did not allow Zimbabwe to build partnerships right from the start, striking in the second over of the innings. Dawlat finished with 4 for 22 from his eight overs and left-arm spinner Amir Hamza strangled them further with his 3 for 41. Williams’ maiden ODI hundred went in vain as he was the only fighting force from his team – eventually his was the last wicket to fall. The next best contribution was 16 from No. 9 Luke Jongwe and only two other batsmen reached double-figures for Zimbabwe.

Full report to follow…

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