Afghanistan complete stunning turnaround

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Sharjah
Zimbabwe chose to bat and were dented early by Amir Hamza, who trapped Chamu Chibhabha in the third over of the innings© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakZimbabwe chose to bat and were dented early by Amir Hamza, who trapped Chamu Chibhabha in the third over of the innings
Hamilton Masakadza then came in and started rebuilding Zimbabwe's innings© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakHamilton Masakadza then came in and started rebuilding Zimbabwe's innings
He was joined by Peter Moor to add 101 for Zimbabwe's third wicket© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakHe was joined by Peter Moor to add 101 for Zimbabwe's third wicket
Timely strikes from Afghanistan's bowlers helped them pull things back in the middle overs© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakTimely strikes from Afghanistan's bowlers helped them pull things back in the middle overs
That, however, did not stop Masakadza from racing to his fourth ODI century© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakThat, however, did not stop Masakadza from racing to his fourth ODI century
Zimbabwe's momentum was slightly thwarted in the death overs, and Afghanistan were left staring at a target of 249 to seal the series© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakZimbabwe's momentum was slightly thwarted in the death overs, and Afghanistan were left staring at a target of 249 to seal the series
Mohammad Shahzad creamed five fours early on, but was unable to make good on his start, getting bowled for 25© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakMohammad Shahzad creamed five fours early on, but was unable to make good on his start, getting bowled for 25
Luke Jongwe, who took a five-for in the third ODI, once again got among the wickets, his triple-strike reducing Afghanistan to 66 for 3© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakLuke Jongwe, who took a five-for in the third ODI, once again got among the wickets, his triple-strike reducing Afghanistan to 66 for 3
Hashmatullah Shahidi led a recovery, scoring a crucial 32 and put up 55 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Nabi© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakHashmatullah Shahidi led a recovery, scoring a crucial 32 and put up 55 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Nabi
But both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession, once again tipping the contest Zimbabwe's way© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakBut both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession, once again tipping the contest Zimbabwe's way
Enter Gulbadin Naib© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakEnter Gulbadin Naib
Naib, who last played an ODI 11 months ago, stunned Zimbabwe by hammering six sixes during a 68-ball 82 to steal a two-wicket win for his team© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakNaib, who last played an ODI 11 months ago, stunned Zimbabwe by hammering six sixes during a 68-ball 82 to steal a two-wicket win for his team
The win not only secured the series for Afghanistan 3-2, but ensured the team stormed into the top 10 of the ICC's ODI rankings. The players marked their memorable achievement with wild celebrations© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakThe win not only secured the series for Afghanistan 3-2, but ensured the team stormed into the top 10 of the ICC's ODI rankings. The players marked their memorable achievement with wild celebrations

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  • Musty on January 6, 2016, 21:49 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans and its fans bangalis

  • Waheed on January 6, 2016, 20:27 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan and we praise Zimbabwe for their much improved performances than they had in last few months. I hope Zimbabwe to come back and we also thank them for giving us opportunity to play with them. Love you Zimbabwe from Afghanistan

  • Khalid on January 6, 2016, 20:18 GMT

    Naib is the real hero. Today he demonstrated world class bating. Proud of Naib. Well played, well managed till the end. This is called batsman to score under very crucial time.

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