Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Harare, 2nd day July 28, 2014

Zadran, Fareed give Afghanistan edge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 275 for 5 (Zadran 98*) and 105 lead Zimbabwe A 165 (Jongwe 58, Fareed 5-54, Ahmadzai 5-58) by 215 runs

Five-wicket hauls from the seamers Yamin Ahmadzai and Fareed Ahmad, followed by an unbeaten 98 from Najibullah Zadran helped Afghanistan wrest the advantage on the second day in Harare.

Zimbabwe A, who began the day at 135 for 6 with a slender lead of 30, were quickly bundled out in the morning inside seven overs. Luke Jongwe, who began with an overnight score of 50, was able to add only 8 to his innings before he was dismissed by Fareed in the 42nd over. Fareed also accounted for John Nyumbu in the same over before bowling out Tendai Chatara in his next. Ahmadzai then removed the last batsman Michael Chinouya to ensure that Zimbabwe A's lead was kept to a paltry 60.

Afghanistan's openers Karim Sadiq (38) and Najeeb Tarakai (51) quickly wiped away that deficit by adding 93 in 22 overs. However, both batsmen were dismissed in successive overs, and further blows from Chinouya and Tatenda Manatsa left the visitors precariously placed at 152 for 5.

Zadran, however, counterattacked with 12 fours and three sixes during his 100-ball knock. He added an unbroken 123 for the sixth wicket with Fazal Niazai to take the team to 275 for 5 at stumps.

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  • Android on July 29, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    afghan is playing best in the 2 day the only thing is we need is to dont drop wicket .is the most important thing .some people say in future's we will won the world cup no today we will won the world cup "" king manZoor

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I haven't believed that afghans players Will able to fight in such way now they give us highly hopes that one day will come to bring word cup to Afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Go afghanistan Go no one can stop you!!!, and thanks to zim!! for preparing tour to afghans!

  • Android on July 29, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Well done Afghan's tigers. keep it up

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Thanks zim for the series and test with A team. Zim cricket board should work hard and zim board should clear economy problem of players it have negative effects on player mind and afghans should not stop there hard work till the not got full membership if u went back then again will be defecult to come this stage and I think Afghanistan batting line still weak batsman should work hard.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    zimbawe A incloud all full team members but afghanistan is really playing with under 19 and A team, very will done by afghan team, they are sloid

  • Android on July 28, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    my request from icc. give a series of 3 odi against kiwi to afghans. that will boos the morals i am sure they will lose a match and will bounce bak to hit the kiwis hard. this team is amazing to watch

  • Graham on July 28, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    It could well be game over , cant see Zim getting much more than 200 ..Very good cricket by the visitors, all round

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