Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, 4th ODI, Bulawayo July 24, 2014

Seamers help Afghanistan square series

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Afghanistan 259 (Shafiqullah 56, Shenwari 40, Tiripano 5-63) beat Zimbabwe 159 (Mutumbami 64, Sharafuddin 3-29) by 100 runs
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After losing the first two games, Afghanistan had their backs to the wall, needing nothing less than wins from their two remaining games to show what they were made of. After scraping through on Tuesday by two wickets, they trounced Zimbabwe by 100 runs, thanks to their seamers who looked primed to take the game after reducing the hosts to 29 for 6 in pursuit of 260. This was Afghanistan's first drawn ODI series against a Full Member.

The trouble began in the sixth over when Regis Chakabva fell to Aftab Alam for 9, before Brendan Taylor departed the following over flicking Mohammad Nabi to cow corner. The run out of Sean Williams unsettled them further and in the following over, Dawlat Zadran struck twice, bowling the in-form Sikander Raza and taking a return catch to get rid of Elton Chigumbura. Three balls later, Mirwais Ashraf trapped Malcolm Waller lbw, walking across the stumps. The hosts were reeling at 29 for 6 and the task ahead of the debutant wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami was not just survival but to match the required run rate, that had already passed six.

After a quiet beginning, Mutumbami opened up when he went down the track to Mirwais. Mutumbami and Maruma batted positively, with the former scoring at nearly a run a ball. Though Afghanistan still held the edge, once the stand passed 50 and edged closer to a century, there was a glimmer of hope for the Zimbabweans.

The pair batted together for nearly 20 overs and had added 97 before the left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf struck, trapping Maruma lbw on the sweep. The sweep led to Mutumbami's downfall as well as he only managed a top edge off Sharafuddin and was caught by the wicketkeeper. The match predictably ended soon after Zimbabwe's highest scorer departed and in the 38th over, Aftab Alam sealed the win by bowling Donald Tiripano.

It was a memorable game with the ball for Tiripano, though, as he picked up his maiden five-for in ODIs. The right-arm seamer sent back the openers by the eighth over, before taking three lower-order wickets. A fourth-wicket stand of 64 between Nasir Jamal and Samiullah Shenwari stabilised Afghanistan. Jamal batted patiently, scoring only two fours in his 39 before he was run out. When Shenwari departed four overs later, the visitors were in need of a rebuild at 146 for 5.

The recovery came via Nabi and wicketkeeper Shafiqullah, who added 72 in just 8.5 overs. Shafiqullah's 56 off 43 balls gave Afghanistan the impetus as they headed towards 250. He launched Tiripano for two sixes before the bowler had the last laugh, getting him caught at short third man. He finished with 5 for 63 to bowl out the visitors with five balls to spare, but 259 turned out to be more than sufficient.

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  • BARFI on July 27, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    ICC should allow this team to flourish. I am a Bangladeshi and I am happy to see how good as a Team Afghanistan is flourishing. Afghanistan given the performance record will be a team to fear within next 10 years

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Thanks you Zimbabwe for hosting nur team ICC must give alot of chance to Afghanistan with ful member team

  • on July 26, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    yeah it's really fascinating performance by Afghanistan now ICC must give proper attention to Afghanistan to schedulize the same series with Pakistan Sri Lanka or Bangladesh that will help them to shine in the coming world cup at the end thanks from Zimbabwe for accepting of a series and providing this opportunity.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    well done my heros we proud of you

  • on July 26, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Weldon afghan heros Congrats to all afghan people

  • howzat86 on July 25, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    This is a fantastic result for Afghanistan to come back 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away from home against a full time test playing nation shows there is a lot of promise in this Afghanistan cricket team.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    First of all i thanks the Zimbabwe cricket board and ICC for making this tournament happen. special thanks to Cricinfo for keeping us update. Both teams won the heart of millions of Afghans and Zimbabweans. ICC should give more matches to Afghans with other full members as it will help the development of Cricket and generate more fans on the other side Afghanistan give a good entertainment.

  • on July 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    ICC should provide more opportunities now to Afghan cricket team ahead of the world cup & the best one can be a series of 3-5 ODI matches for Afghan cricket team to bangladesh as it will be a good practice for both sides, Bangladesh as well as Afghanistan.

    Let's hope for the best.

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    first of all thanks to Zimbabwe for hosting the series and thanks to the funs and supporters of Afghanistan team and finally what a game by our heroes and they have surprised the whole world by winning 100 runs from a test team keep up the good work

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    ICC should provide more chances and opportunities to the Afghan team, the showed their talent here.

  • BARFI on July 27, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    ICC should allow this team to flourish. I am a Bangladeshi and I am happy to see how good as a Team Afghanistan is flourishing. Afghanistan given the performance record will be a team to fear within next 10 years

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Thanks you Zimbabwe for hosting nur team ICC must give alot of chance to Afghanistan with ful member team

  • on July 26, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    yeah it's really fascinating performance by Afghanistan now ICC must give proper attention to Afghanistan to schedulize the same series with Pakistan Sri Lanka or Bangladesh that will help them to shine in the coming world cup at the end thanks from Zimbabwe for accepting of a series and providing this opportunity.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    well done my heros we proud of you

  • on July 26, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Weldon afghan heros Congrats to all afghan people

  • howzat86 on July 25, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    This is a fantastic result for Afghanistan to come back 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away from home against a full time test playing nation shows there is a lot of promise in this Afghanistan cricket team.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    First of all i thanks the Zimbabwe cricket board and ICC for making this tournament happen. special thanks to Cricinfo for keeping us update. Both teams won the heart of millions of Afghans and Zimbabweans. ICC should give more matches to Afghans with other full members as it will help the development of Cricket and generate more fans on the other side Afghanistan give a good entertainment.

  • on July 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    ICC should provide more opportunities now to Afghan cricket team ahead of the world cup & the best one can be a series of 3-5 ODI matches for Afghan cricket team to bangladesh as it will be a good practice for both sides, Bangladesh as well as Afghanistan.

    Let's hope for the best.

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    first of all thanks to Zimbabwe for hosting the series and thanks to the funs and supporters of Afghanistan team and finally what a game by our heroes and they have surprised the whole world by winning 100 runs from a test team keep up the good work

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    ICC should provide more chances and opportunities to the Afghan team, the showed their talent here.

  • Nduru on July 25, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @Kamal. Yes. You are correct. I have now seen how rubbish my team is to be beaten by such a cricketing minnow as Afghanistan. Well done to your team.

  • Armani777 on July 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Let me first thank you the Zimbabwe Board for hosting Afghanistan and providing our national with opportunities they need direly as part of the preparations for the ODI World Cup in early 2015. ICC should provide more such opportunities with Ireland and Bangladesh at least. Afghan team still needs a lot to travel and learn. The natural talent is there, only there is a need for polishing them through such tours.

  • on July 25, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Thanksss Zimbabwe, Thankss ICC, and special thanks to cricinfo Scoreline writer who give us a chance to fell the match alive with ball by ball updates thanks alll. plz inform us fast about upcoming matches and good news about Afghan and Associated teams

    Thanks..... Spetmaan Bardasht

  • on July 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Will don afghans tigers.

  • on July 25, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    The question is can Afg beat Ireland in ODI ? Ireland is very strong team right now

  • on July 25, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    well done afghans

  • Samadey on July 25, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    I congratulate Afghan team for their two wins. However, we should thank Zimbabwe Cricket Board and the team that they hosted Afghanistan unlike other full team members who consider it a shame to play with such teams.

  • on July 25, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    proud proud and proud! i m so proud well done boys

  • on July 25, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Well done Afghans Afghanistan need to a lot of that not only what zim with nine anther century and also my request to Icc so please prowled for Afghanistan play with nine other century Thanks zim

  • Anil_Koshy on July 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Afghanistan should be provided more opportunities to play at top level.

  • on July 25, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    a few comments from Afghanistan were fun to read

  • on July 25, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    well done great team work we ask ICC to arrange more matches for afghan cricket team against Test Nations and afghan team deserve it and they Showed it against Zimbabwe.

  • on July 25, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Wow! Afghanistan! I am proud of you as I always believed in your team and your talent..Congratulations from an Indian fan.. I wish you prosper even more and become a force to be reckon with..

  • MeijiMura on July 25, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Zimbabwe had a huge advantage in winning the toss and bowling first yet Afghanistan posted an impressive total even if they didn't bat their full 50 overs while Zimbabwe were never in the hunt chasing. It was a pity that there wasn't a fifth ODI to determine a series winner, but it would have been awkward for the ICC to explain how one of their full members has Test Status and the team that beat them at home doesn't. I also think it was very ordinary from the Zimbabweans not to award an Afghan player the Man-of-the-Match award for the 3rd and 4th ODIs. Dawlat Zadran was good again taking two key wickets, running out another Zimbabwean batsman and taking a catch as well as making more important runs late in Aghanistan's innings whilst Shafiqullah batted really well to top score. It is embarrassing that Afghanistan won the game by 100 runs, a margin that flattered Zimbabwe, and yet a Zimbabwean was awarded the Man-of-the-Match. Congratulations to Afghanistan for playing so well.

  • drzahir786 on July 25, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Congratulation to all afghan people and ACB, well don by Afghan tiger all the best

  • on July 24, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Great team performance by Afghanistan team!!! you guys have a bright future. wish you all the best for upcoming worldcup 2015.

  • on July 24, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Congratulation to Afghanistan and Zimbabwe as both the teams made a lot of efforts to win two matches ... I hope that some Zimbabwean fans who used to brag about their team after two ODI matches, have by now realized that their team is not better than that of Afghanistan... Afghanistan beat Zim in their home conditions and even after losing the vital toss which was the main wining factor in this series ... Zim was lucky enough to win the toss for the first two matches, or the result would be 1- 3 in favor of Afghanistan...

  • on July 24, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Excellent work my Afghan tigers. Our batting has improved dramatically with arrival of new youngsters in our team. Most of the changes in the team have been good. Great work!!!

  • on July 24, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Great achivement by afghans heroes and thank to Zimbabwe for giving us oppertunaty to play ith them . Icc weapon your eyes give more tournament like this with test nation If you guys interest cricket to be globalise

  • on July 24, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Amazing achievement by afghanistan cricket team.

  • on July 24, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Salute and Respect to Zimbabwe cricket board, players and fans for allowing this to happen, really true sportsmanship. Glad to see our Afghanistan team has bright young players. Great tour and great win; may you keep on winning!

  • on July 24, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    This is some serious cricket from Afghanistan... I have never seen such cosisyancy in their performance as they played in this tour ... They put competitive target, they won in a tuff chase and yet they showed some aggressive bowling... I am habit surprised by Zimbabwean hospitality as there was no single man of the Mach or man of the series for Afg dispute three wins... Come and visit Afghanistan if you want to see real hospitality despite the challenges we are copping with...

  • on July 24, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    People used to say Afghanistan team will finish once thier experience payers retires but they were wrong because this young kids are promising a lot and show more determination, focus and ambition than our old players. This young kids crushed Nepal and won the tournament an now against big team they showed they mean business no matter who comes their way. We need to play more games with test nations so we can gain experience. I doubt if Bangladesh want to play with us after seeing this result

  • on July 24, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I would simply say that,Winners don't wait for chances, they take them. Wow, Congrats to all Afghan & Afghan fans. I think it had never happened in the history of cricket to any other cricket nation to level it's very first series against full member ,but you Afghans did it. Love it. In fact, you shocked the ICC & others by beating a full member with that big of margin. Keep up the good work & thank you Zimbabwe for playing with Afghan team. Let me say one more thank, from Cricinfo for making it possible for millions of Afghan fans in Afghanistan & other parts of the world to follow at least the score card!

  • saifkhanBD on July 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kudos to the Afghan lads. Good to see our Afghan brothers succeed in Cricket. All the best. Cheers from Bangladesh/Auckland.

  • on July 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Thanks to Zimbabwe cricket board for giving us this opportunity to play against their team and to ICC for providing us this series, now as Afghanistan has shown that they are able of defeating big teams so ICC and ACC have to provide them more series against full members, I am sure that within one year Afghanistan cricket team will be one of the best teams in the world if opportunities were given to them, once again thanks to Zimbabwe... We afghans love you guys....

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Thanks From ESPN Cricket Team that update us ball by ball and also from Zim peoples because of their support. Will played by both team, Both Afghans are brilliant. we request to ICC and ACC to plzzzzzzzzzz prepare such more opportunities for Afghan Cricket team.

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Excellent performance from Afghanistan team, they bounced back after losing 1st two match and then good response of remaining 2odi winning and level the series. This series gave them a lot of confidence in upcoming serieses. their fans would have proud to afg team.

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It has to be a significant achievement for Afghanistan cricket beating Zimbabwe in back to back matches drew series (2-2) . Doing this in first ODI tour against a Test nation away from home on the opponent soil never been doing easy even for a test nation so this is the time that ICC should seriously think about associates to enhance and promote the game of cricket throughout the world.

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    i would like icc to giive afg newzealand tour its will boost thier morl. if icc wants the ceicket to be globalized

  • NP_NY on July 24, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Wow! A first full series against a test playing nation and the series is tied 2-2! I wonder if this has ever happened for any new cricket team in the history of cricket. Well done Afghans! Best wishes from India.

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    great job by afghan boys i hope the icc will provaid some more seris like this for afghan cricket team to prove there skils for upcoming world cup 2015

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    shafaqullah is my fiovret fan in the afghanistan cricket team

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    What a came back by Afghanistan, Cricketing world the new strong full member is coming. Very sad that this series was not telecast live, ICC should have done that.

  • pksonker on July 24, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    my favourite player ms sehzad .I am a big fan of ms sehzad

  • sohanpandey578 on July 24, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Congratulations to AFG Cricket. I have always been your fan. All the best for your upcoming matches.

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Great performance by all Afghan players. They really played as a good team. Now Afghanistan deserves to have more series with other test nation countries. Bangladesh shouldn't miss its chance. ACB and BCB should have a series like this in order to be ready enough for World Cup 2015.

  • F.Hashimi on July 24, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Great job Afghan team! Thank you Zimbabwe for arranging such a wonderful series and inviting the Afghan team to play in your country. I am just speechless and I am proud of our boys. I believe both teams need support from ICC.

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Really happy I can't even express my felling .it was a good matches afghanistan has shown over the past few years that they are capable of beating full member countries now it is the time for icc to provide more matches for afghanistan against full members teams and congratulate to entire nations back home and thank to Zimbabwe cricket board for providing this series

  • jw76 on July 24, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    It is not often that the Zimbabwe team is in a situation where they can catch a whiff of over-confidence. But, historically, when that happens it has always proved totally lethal. Afghanistan still had to play well to win, so congratulations to them for handing a complacent Zimbabwe what they deserved.

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    I reckon Afghanistan would beat England quite easily at the moment. They should be playing more against the top nations as they clearly have some talent.

  • jamespapa on July 24, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Wow! Well done Afghanistan. What a win I had the believe that afghan will give a tough time to Zim. When Afghan lost two games in row, afghan was in tremendous pressure but what a turn around by Afghan team. Anyway it was a fascinating series between them. Icc should have broadcast this series live, because it was an international tour for Afghan. Proud of Afghan team keep it like that.

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Great match.....I was awake the whole night watching it through live scores at ESPN. .AFG tied the series...that's wonderful. Coach is really helping this team. Are they gonna play t20 matches too..

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    I would like to thank ESPN cricinfo for their brilliant support for posting excellent articles and ball by ball updates of Afghanistan cricket matches, I on behalf of Afghan Nation would like to appreciate their interest in our team, congratulations to Afghanistan Nation for charming Victory and leveling the series....

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 24, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Sensational stuff by team Afghanistan! They have proved they are worth giving more matches against fms. Afghanistan is rising! Proud to be Afghan

  • Kirchoffs_law on July 24, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Wow, really emphatic win. Kudos to Afghan team

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Great performance by Afghan team now Pakistan must invite them for a series to bring International cricket to their country. Babo G

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Love u afg and we'll job usman ghani in the series

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghan's for such a brellen win of cricket match from zmb by Afghanistan I pry to Allah to make afghan cricket team...

  • ShakibMiakhel on July 24, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghan cricket fans. But I am alittle surprized by Man of the match system. Because as I know Man of the match should be givin to wining team member. Last match should be Dawlat Zadran and in this match should be givin to Shafiqullah. Any body solve my confusion?

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    congratulations to all of the world afghan cricket fans and it was such a good comeback from afghanistan cricket team and i hope after this series icc and another full member should also coperate and give the oppurtunity to afghanistan cricket team...

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    all the best for world cup after see this seris i can see afghan team can rech to semifinal in world cup

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Afghanistan team is such good learners. They get better after every game. reached ZIM level in the last match and then trounced them in the last match. This also calls for more matches against the top teams.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Welldone Team afghanistan we are proud of you

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Great job Afghan Team, you showed up your talent and potential of growth. now all Test nations will feel insecure playing with you. best luck in test matches too.

  • CricketChat on July 24, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Finally, Afghans adapted to conditions in Zim. Disappointing there is no decider. With momentam on their side, I expect Afghanistan to dominate the rest of matches.

  • pksonker on July 24, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    well done Afghanistan.I hope you will play final of world cup 2015 with India and get test status.plzzz select ms sehzad .he is a attacking batsmen.u need him in opening to increase run rate.I am a big fan shafiquallah.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulation to afghan boys keep it up u make our hops live for 2015world cup long life.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on July 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Told earlier Afgan can beat any team in the world any day everyday

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  • MAN_AT_WORK on July 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Told earlier Afgan can beat any team in the world any day everyday

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulation to afghan boys keep it up u make our hops live for 2015world cup long life.

  • pksonker on July 24, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    well done Afghanistan.I hope you will play final of world cup 2015 with India and get test status.plzzz select ms sehzad .he is a attacking batsmen.u need him in opening to increase run rate.I am a big fan shafiquallah.

  • CricketChat on July 24, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Finally, Afghans adapted to conditions in Zim. Disappointing there is no decider. With momentam on their side, I expect Afghanistan to dominate the rest of matches.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Great job Afghan Team, you showed up your talent and potential of growth. now all Test nations will feel insecure playing with you. best luck in test matches too.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Welldone Team afghanistan we are proud of you

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Afghanistan team is such good learners. They get better after every game. reached ZIM level in the last match and then trounced them in the last match. This also calls for more matches against the top teams.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    all the best for world cup after see this seris i can see afghan team can rech to semifinal in world cup

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    congratulations to all of the world afghan cricket fans and it was such a good comeback from afghanistan cricket team and i hope after this series icc and another full member should also coperate and give the oppurtunity to afghanistan cricket team...

  • ShakibMiakhel on July 24, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghan cricket fans. But I am alittle surprized by Man of the match system. Because as I know Man of the match should be givin to wining team member. Last match should be Dawlat Zadran and in this match should be givin to Shafiqullah. Any body solve my confusion?