Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, 1st ODI, Harare February 16, 2017

Afghanistan win on D/L after Burl falls just before rain

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Afghanistan 215 (Stanikzai 50, Cremer 3-46) beat Zimbabwe 99 for 4 (Ervine 38*, Naib 1-12) by 12 runs (D/L method)
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File photo - Graeme Cremer's three wickets and Craig Ervine's unbeaten 38 were in vain © AFP

A Zimbabwe wicket two balls before rain descended upon Harare helped Afghanistan complete a 12-run win courtesy Duckworth-Lewis. The hosts were ahead by a solitary run according to the D/L method at the beginning of the 28th over, but Rashid Khan's wicket of Ryan Burl - which reduced Zimbabwe to 99 for 4 - meant Afghanistan held the D/L advantage when the weather decided to play spoilsport.

Chasing 216, Zimbabwe lost both openers inside six overs. They lost their third wicket with their total at 44 in the 15th over, but a 55-run fourth-wicket partnership between Burl and Craig Ervine (38*) started what looked like a Zimbabwe recovery. Rashid trapped Burl in front of the stumps in the 28th over and Zimbabwe got no time to recover as the rain came down.

Afghanistan had chosen to bat but the hosts kept the visitors in check. After opener Mohammad Shahzad fell early, Noor Ali Zadran (39) and Rahmat Shah (31) added 67 runs for the second wicket. By the 25th over, Graeme Cremer removed both set batsmen before captain Asghar Stanikzai struck his seventh ODI half-century to help Afghanistan along. He scored 50, helping Afghanistan's total move past 150, before his dismissal was followed by a string of wickets towards the end of their innings. That meant they were all out in the 50th over for 215.

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  • garyde1463480 on February 21, 2017, 21:37 GMT

    Zimbabwe need to sort themselves out if their ever going to play tests again

  • Pelham on February 20, 2017, 20:38 GMT

    In response to both comments made on February 18, 2017, if you simply assume that the batsman would have been not out, that would make Zimbabwe's score 99-3 after 27.2 overs. My information from a reliable source is that the result in that case would have been a tie. Of course, if Zimbabwe had scored at least one run as well as not losing a wicket, it would indeed have been a win to Zimbabwe.

  • Hamid on February 19, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    Thays why i was saying i wish there was no rain in first game..Afg win the second game despite Zim ahead of D/L for 30 overs of the second half... Zim 6 wickets were out with only 36 runs...no offence to Zim, but with this junior Zim team, to me Afgh should win the series at least by 4/1... Congratulations Afghanistan and tough for second win

  • Cricinfouser on February 18, 2017, 15:34 GMT

    Team Afghanistan should win this series enough is said about the previous match that went into the Afghan team's favour but of Rashid hadn't taken that lbw Zimbabwe was the winner so stop crying over it but the way the Afghan team lower order collapsed was horrible they need to think hard and stop playing the typical shots just take singles and rotate is better than losing your wicket as that pitch was not a batting pitch.

  • Mustafa Sarwari on February 18, 2017, 6:42 GMT

    A Win is a Win doesn't matter what happens at the end of the day we know the winner if Rashid khan would not LBW Zim batman AFG would be the loser so it's a game brothers there should be always one loser and one winner so good luck for both team for 4 more ODI lets play cricket and enjoy it

  • Vikram on February 17, 2017, 7:36 GMT

    In case someone has misunderstood my earlier comment - by no mean I am trying to undermine Afghanistan's win. In fact, I am happy that they are improving because I see a stronger Afghan side in future whereas there is little hope with Zim as of now. Who wouldn't want another stronger team challenging other test playing teams. All I meant was that if the match had completed and Afghanistan (or Zim) would have won, then there would have been no questions left and it would have been fair.

  • Hamid on February 17, 2017, 5:08 GMT

    For those who blame weather and D/L for this lost, i wish it would have not rained, i was expecting a +50 runs win for Afg. Zim wer 4 gone under 100 runs, 27 overs gone, the required run rate was around 5.8 and the only batsman (out of touch though) remaining was waller. At other hand Afgh had already complete 7overs of a part timer and all specialist bowlers, Hamza, Rashid, Nabi and Dowlat were due to share 20 out of 23 overs between them... i am sure a Cricket child would have favored Afghanistan.. Under par performance from Afghanistan though, i wish so called test team should be able to give them a very tough run with such performance... for me Rashid was man of the mach not Asghar... Congratulations Afghanistan and tough luck Zimbabwe

  • hemant2032533 on February 17, 2017, 4:31 GMT

    Tough luck for Zimbabwe. But one must accept that Afghanistan have come up the ranks in Cricket at a very short period of time.

  • castro6065533 on February 17, 2017, 3:44 GMT

    Was impressed with Ngarava, he looked fairly sharp in his first spell especially. Still fairly raw, but there is talent there to work with.

  • Altaf on February 17, 2017, 3:41 GMT

    In quick time since their games against test teams, Afghanistan showed that they are more capable than Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, West Indies and so should quickly get test status.

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