Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, 1st unofficial Test, 1st day July 27, 2014

Zimbabwe A inch ahead on bowlers' day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 135 for 6 (Jongwe 50*, Ahmadzai 4-48) lead Afghanistan 105 (Shah 27, Chatara 5-31) by 30 runs

Sixteen wickets tumbled on the first day - all to the seamers - at the Country Club in Harare but it was the hosts Zimbabwe A who had their noses in front. Afghanistan were sent crashing to 105 but there was more drama in store as Zimbabwe A were reeling at 30 for 5 at one stage. However, an unbeaten 50 from Luke Jongwe saved the hosts the embarrassment of tumbling for a lesser score.

It was a combined bowling effort by Zimbabwe A after winning the toss, with Tendai Chatara leading the way with a five-wicket haul. Only three Afghanistan batsmen scored in double figures, with Rahmat Shah top scoring with 27. Michael Chinouya, Tendai Manatsa and Jongwe shared the other five wickets to end the innings in just 47.1 overs.

Afghanistan's Yamin Ahmadzai jolted the hosts' top order by removing Brian Chari, Sikandar Raza and Mark Vermeulen by the ninth over. Zimbabwe A were in tatters at 16 for 4 and in the 13th over, they had already lost half their side. Jongwe and captain Regis Chakabva added 45 for the sixth wicket before Chakabva fell for 32, caught off Fareed Ahmad.

Jongwe batted positively, hitting seven boundaries and a six to help his side take the lead. Jongwe and John Nyumbu put on an unbroken 60, the highest stand of the day, to give the hosts a slender lead.

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  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    1, Najeeb Tarakai played only a t20 international against Bangladesh he selected base of domestic performance. 2. Shabir Noori played for national team for several years but in last one year he was not included in national team. 3. Karim Khan Sadiq only a experience player who played for national team since Division 5. 4. Rahmat Shah current inform player in national team. 5. Mohibullah Oryakhil under 19 player 6. Najeeb Zadran national team 7. Fazal Niazi selected basis of domestic performance but hasn't played for national team 8.Mirwais Ashraf experience player National team 9. Yamin Ahmadzai under 19 player 10. Fareed Ahmad Under 19 player 11. Qasim Khan under 19 player this is the list for those who want to know which players of Afghanistan played for national team and under 19 team and the players who played for the national team most of them those players currently not included for the national team in last 6 months

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    I can't understand why the Afghans haven't put out a full strength side here to show their wares? Good for the younger blokes to gain some experience in FC cricket I suppose but it's an all too rare opportunity to make an impression gone by here? Unless they win of course!

  • Andrew on July 28, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Agree with and1son - only Chatara is a Zimbabwe test player, and possibly Chakabva. Most 'A' sides include a senior player or two who need more practice or are trying to get some game time. As for Afghanistan. If the team is called "Afghanistan" not Afghanistan A, then I suggest they put out a stronger team. Their reputation is at stake and surely their senior players need the practice?

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Good luck to afghanistam and thanks from ZM for host ,

  • Justin on July 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    It is disappointing to see Chatara playing in this game. Just as Afghanistan's team in this match is made up almost entirely of A team members (all but one), Zimbabwe A should be made up entirely of players trying to break into the national side not those already in it. Chatara's place should have been taken by an up-and-coming Zimbabwean hopeful not an automatic member of the starting XI of Zimbabwe's national side.

  • Farai on July 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    @ guy who made the comments from facebook with arabic name - only chatara is guaranteed in the zim team. raza, chakabva/mutumbami and waller are maybes and the rest are no unless vermeulen comes back after a long layoff. the team would most likely be 1 mawoyo, 2 sibanda, 3 masakadza, 4 taylor, 5 williams, 6 chigumbura, 7 mutumbami/chakabva, 8 utseya, 9 vitori/panyangara, 10 chatara, 11 mpofu barring injuries.

    @saadat you lie. in the final against ireland in this format noori, shah and ashraf (who was your captain) played. stop making excused and support your team in winning and losing

    truthfully zim can line up three versions of a teams that would beat yours. just to elaborate your difference, you celebrated for a draw in the odi series, for us it was a huge disappointment of magnitude

  • Android on July 27, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    It is Afghanistan A and Remember that only one player is playing from Afghanistan main team.

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Good cricket from afghan guys 80%of zimbabwe team player are belongs to national team and afghan team made of u19 and just two of them are from national team good fight from afghan boys how to win this match or atleast draw it.thanks from zimbabwe cricket board

  • Andrew on July 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    That Country Club wicket seems very dodgy. Well done to Jongwe for battling it out and scoring a 50. Hope the final four wickets take us a decent amount ahead as chasing more than 100 here will be tricky.

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