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

Seamers help Afghanistan square series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • android_user 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.

  • dummy4fb on July 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    well done my heros we proud of you

  • espncricinfomobile 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • android_user 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.

  • android_user 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

  • dummy4fb on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

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

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