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

Ghani, Sharafuddin help Afghanistan to close win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 209 (Ghani 79, Chinouya 2-30) beat Zimbabwe A (Mutombodzi 60, Sharafuddin 6-29) by 16 runs

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • ZCF 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ! .....

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Mohammad Khan 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?????????

  • Dummy4 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......

  • freeman 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Sohan on July 13, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Congratulations AFG tiger. Very good performance

  • Android on July 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    mashaaallah well played Afghanistan we proud of you

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