Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, 4th ODI, Bulawayo

Seamers help Afghanistan square series

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 24, 2014

Comments: 69 | Text size: A | A

Afghanistan 259 (Shafiqullah 56, Shenwari 40, Tiripano 5-63) beat Zimbabwe 159 (Mutumbami 64, Sharafuddin 3-29) by 100 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Shafiqullah hits out during his 56, Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, 4th ODI, Bulawayo, July 24, 2014
Shafiqullah top scored for Afghanistan when the team needed a rebuild © AFP
Enlarge
Related Links

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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

well done my heros we proud of you

Posted by   on (July 26, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

Weldon afghan heros Congrats to all afghan people

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Country Fixtures Country Results
2nd unofficial Test: Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A at Fatullah
Sep 21-24, 2014 (09:30 local | 03:30 GMT | 23:30 EDT | 22:30 CDT | 20:30 PDT)
1st unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A at Fatullah
Sep 27, 2014 (09:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 23:00 EDT | 22:00 CDT | 20:00 PDT)
2nd unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A at Fatullah
Sep 29, 2014 (09:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 23:00 EDT | 22:00 CDT | 20:00 PDT)
3rd unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A at Fatullah
Oct 1, 2014 (09:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 23:00 EDT | 22:00 CDT | 20:00 PDT)
TBA v Zimbabweans at Fatullah
Oct 20-22, 2014 (09:30 local | 03:30 GMT | 23:30 EDT | 22:30 CDT | 20:30 PDT)
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days