Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Tour Match, Bulawayo July 13, 2014

Ghani, Sharafuddin help Afghanistan to close win

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Afghanistan 209 (Ghani 79, Chinouya 2-30) beat Zimbabwe A (Mutombodzi 60, Sharafuddin 6-29) by 16 runs
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A half-century from the opener Usman Ghani, followed by a six-wicket haul from the left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf helped Afghanistan edge past Zimbabwe A by 16 runs in Bulawayo.

After being put in to bat, Ghani, who was selected for the upcoming ODI series between the two teams, helped Afghanistan recover from the early losses of Noor Ali Zadran and Asghar Stanikzai by combining with Hashmatullah Shaidi for a third-wicket association which yielded 100 runs.

Shaidi fell for 34 in the 31st over, but Ghani made his way to 79, striking six fours and three sixes in the process. Incisive bowling from Zimbabwe A's bowlers, however, kept the run-rate to just above four an over, and despite a late acceleration from Shafiqullah (24) and Mirwais Ashraf (19), Afghanistan were bowled out for 209.

Zimbabwe A's chase, though, was hampered by early blows from Sharafuddin, and the the team soon stumbled to 90 for 5. Tinotenda Mutombodzi (60) and Luke Jongwe (50) both scored fifties to lead a mini-recovery, but Sharafuddin once again struck with three quick wickets, as Zimbabwe A fell from 176 for 5 to 193 all out. Sharafuddin eventually finished with 6 for 29, while Mirwais accounted for two scalps.

The two teams will play a second tour game at the same venue on Tuesday ahead of the four-match ODI series.

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  • on July 14, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Very well played TIGERS, wish you all the best in the tour and in the world cup 2015 INSHA ALLAH we will be the winners

  • ZCFOutkast on July 14, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    @zim87, ZC wanted to give Afghanistan a chance. Remember Bangladesh were thumped once by a Zim reserve side and never want another practice match when they tour. Mutizwa is a good pick, and Roy Kaia impressed a bit in domestic cricket, so worth a shot among players not overseas playing club cricket. Seasoned reserves like Chibhabha, Vermeulen, Mupariwa&Dabengwa all missing, plus young bat crazy PJ Moor. All of whom would've turned this match into a one-side win for Zimbabwe.

    @KamalAndewal Afghanistan may have a good attack but it's rather silly to rate it ahead of Zimbabwe - Seam: Mpofu, Chatara, Shingi, Vitori, Mupariwa, Chinouya, Tiripano (minus Ncube&Meth) Spin: Utseya, Mushangwe, Mugava&Kamungozi (minus Cremer). On their day Mpofu, Chatara, Shingi&Vitori are as fast as anything Afghanistan can throw at ZIM. Depth a huge factor for Afg.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    very well Afghan tigers ! by winning from Zimbabwe A cricket ! .... we hope from Zimbabwe cricket board, Afghan cricket board and from ICC and ACC to please telecast the upcoming odi international series live on worldwide television networks for cricket lovers and for million Afghan cricket fans in globe ! .....

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good performance by Afghan & to Cricinfo. please keep us update because right now this is the only source for us to keep us update from our team , Afghanistan.

  • scorpion4u on July 14, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghans, they are good enough just one thing else they should have seriously keep in mind to reserve and stay in WICKET (Please, please and please) and they will have good achievements I guarantee 100%. what do you think?????????

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast . How can you claim that Afghanistan and Ireland are not good enough to beat even Zim,s reserve side???? Afghanistan has a world class bowling side,even better than some full members and definitely better than Zim... Afghanistan,s team has been struggling with their batting lately but with youngsters in the team,they have a good chance to show good performance with bat too... I will bet Afghanistan will win this series if they use their full potential......

  • zim87 on July 14, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @ ZCO - can you please explain the inclusion of R. Kaia & F. Mutizwa?

    Good to see tino hitting some runs...good for him

    F Mutizwa and Regy can't open (even though they are seniors)... Chari and kasuza are our future opening stand or the up coming N.Mpofu

  • on July 13, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    @drzahir786, Rahmat Shah is an all-rounder, and a very good one. Apparently he injured himself while training, so that is why he didn't have any role in the game

  • sohanpandey578 on July 13, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Congratulations AFG tiger. Very good performance

  • on July 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    mashaaallah well played Afghanistan we proud of you

  • on July 14, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Very well played TIGERS, wish you all the best in the tour and in the world cup 2015 INSHA ALLAH we will be the winners

  • ZCFOutkast on July 14, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    @zim87, ZC wanted to give Afghanistan a chance. Remember Bangladesh were thumped once by a Zim reserve side and never want another practice match when they tour. Mutizwa is a good pick, and Roy Kaia impressed a bit in domestic cricket, so worth a shot among players not overseas playing club cricket. Seasoned reserves like Chibhabha, Vermeulen, Mupariwa&Dabengwa all missing, plus young bat crazy PJ Moor. All of whom would've turned this match into a one-side win for Zimbabwe.

    @KamalAndewal Afghanistan may have a good attack but it's rather silly to rate it ahead of Zimbabwe - Seam: Mpofu, Chatara, Shingi, Vitori, Mupariwa, Chinouya, Tiripano (minus Ncube&Meth) Spin: Utseya, Mushangwe, Mugava&Kamungozi (minus Cremer). On their day Mpofu, Chatara, Shingi&Vitori are as fast as anything Afghanistan can throw at ZIM. Depth a huge factor for Afg.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    very well Afghan tigers ! by winning from Zimbabwe A cricket ! .... we hope from Zimbabwe cricket board, Afghan cricket board and from ICC and ACC to please telecast the upcoming odi international series live on worldwide television networks for cricket lovers and for million Afghan cricket fans in globe ! .....

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good performance by Afghan & to Cricinfo. please keep us update because right now this is the only source for us to keep us update from our team , Afghanistan.

  • scorpion4u on July 14, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghans, they are good enough just one thing else they should have seriously keep in mind to reserve and stay in WICKET (Please, please and please) and they will have good achievements I guarantee 100%. what do you think?????????

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast . How can you claim that Afghanistan and Ireland are not good enough to beat even Zim,s reserve side???? Afghanistan has a world class bowling side,even better than some full members and definitely better than Zim... Afghanistan,s team has been struggling with their batting lately but with youngsters in the team,they have a good chance to show good performance with bat too... I will bet Afghanistan will win this series if they use their full potential......

  • zim87 on July 14, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @ ZCO - can you please explain the inclusion of R. Kaia & F. Mutizwa?

    Good to see tino hitting some runs...good for him

    F Mutizwa and Regy can't open (even though they are seniors)... Chari and kasuza are our future opening stand or the up coming N.Mpofu

  • on July 13, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    @drzahir786, Rahmat Shah is an all-rounder, and a very good one. Apparently he injured himself while training, so that is why he didn't have any role in the game

  • sohanpandey578 on July 13, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Congratulations AFG tiger. Very good performance

  • on July 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    mashaaallah well played Afghanistan we proud of you

  • grahaam on July 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Well done afgan , set the record straight for well run associate cricket nations..

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    congratulations for afghan team and i hope they will win odi series and give us a chance of celebration...

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Afghanistan is a good but inexperienced so they can do any thing on this tour, go Afg boys go.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 13, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Poor cricket allround! Zimbabwean batsmen undone by a left-arm spinner. Why am I not surprised!

    Elton Chigumbura failed to be a world class allrounder. Jongwe may just reach the extra level. Gavin Ewing's success after dropping his spinbowling infected Maruma & now Mutombodzi. The brilliant Mugava(not featuring here) seems to have followed suit. But well done to Jongwe&Mutombodzi. Mutizwa&Chakabva should be ashamed of themselves letting youngsters open. Nonbowling Maruma might as well curse himself for walking out at #5. Unacceptable from these 3!

    Afghanistan a little stronger than I thought but this Zim A side should've won easily. Lack of match&physical fitness was an obvious factor. I hope Afghanistan are good enough to push the full Zimbabwe side in one of the ODIs, but I strongly doubt they(&Ireland) are good enough beat a strong Zimbabwe reserve side, forget the national side, in an unofficial Test. However, this will be good preparation ahead of SA&AUS. Make it count Zimbabwe

  • G_R_Nikmal on July 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    What a good bowling by Afghan Tiger. I am so happy with this win and start of tour, go AFGHANISTAN go.

  • G_R_Nikmal on July 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    What a good bowling by Afghan Tiger. I am so happy with this win and start of tour, go AFGHANISTAN go.

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    well done Ghani and Sharafudin

  • DauD_ on July 13, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Nice work.

    What a list-A debut by the 19yr old Sharafuddin Ashraf. 6/29, very impressive!!

  • drzahir786 on July 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Congratulation for afghan, but my question is about Rahmat Shah are he is bowler are batsmen Because he came for the batting in the end but did not do the bowling ?

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  • drzahir786 on July 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Congratulation for afghan, but my question is about Rahmat Shah are he is bowler are batsmen Because he came for the batting in the end but did not do the bowling ?

  • DauD_ on July 13, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Nice work.

    What a list-A debut by the 19yr old Sharafuddin Ashraf. 6/29, very impressive!!

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    well done Ghani and Sharafudin

  • G_R_Nikmal on July 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    What a good bowling by Afghan Tiger. I am so happy with this win and start of tour, go AFGHANISTAN go.

  • G_R_Nikmal on July 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    What a good bowling by Afghan Tiger. I am so happy with this win and start of tour, go AFGHANISTAN go.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 13, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Poor cricket allround! Zimbabwean batsmen undone by a left-arm spinner. Why am I not surprised!

    Elton Chigumbura failed to be a world class allrounder. Jongwe may just reach the extra level. Gavin Ewing's success after dropping his spinbowling infected Maruma & now Mutombodzi. The brilliant Mugava(not featuring here) seems to have followed suit. But well done to Jongwe&Mutombodzi. Mutizwa&Chakabva should be ashamed of themselves letting youngsters open. Nonbowling Maruma might as well curse himself for walking out at #5. Unacceptable from these 3!

    Afghanistan a little stronger than I thought but this Zim A side should've won easily. Lack of match&physical fitness was an obvious factor. I hope Afghanistan are good enough to push the full Zimbabwe side in one of the ODIs, but I strongly doubt they(&Ireland) are good enough beat a strong Zimbabwe reserve side, forget the national side, in an unofficial Test. However, this will be good preparation ahead of SA&AUS. Make it count Zimbabwe

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Afghanistan is a good but inexperienced so they can do any thing on this tour, go Afg boys go.

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    congratulations for afghan team and i hope they will win odi series and give us a chance of celebration...

  • grahaam on July 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Well done afgan , set the record straight for well run associate cricket nations..

  • on July 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    mashaaallah well played Afghanistan we proud of you