Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Harare, 3rd day July 29, 2014

Vermeulen ton sets up tense finish

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 208 for 6 (Vermeulen 107, Ashraf 4-28) and 165 need another 54 runs to beat Afghanistan 105 and 321 (Zadran 99, Chinouya 4-92)

A fighting century from Mark Vermeulen looked to have put Zimbabwe A in a comfortable position, but a couple of late strikes from Mirwais Ashraf set up a tense final day in Harare.

Afghanistan began the day strongly placed at 275 for 5, but were quickly skittled for 321 inside 13 overs of the day. Najibullah Zadran began two runs away from a century, but was bowled out for 99 by Tendai Chatara in the fifth ball of the day. Following Zadran's dismissal, Michael Chinouya quickly wrapped up the tail, taking his tally for the match to six. Fazal Niazai was left stranded on 42 not out, as Afghanistan A were bundled out for 321, setting the hosts 262 for victory.

Zimbabwe A lost three quick wickets in the chase, but Vermeulen combined with Regis Chakabva and Richmond Mutumbami to produce two important partnerships. Vermeulen's association with Chakabva yielded 62, with Chakabva contributing just 19 to the partnership, while he and Mutumbami added 84 for the fifth wicket.

Vermeulen eventually reached his 100, off 157 balls, and at 192 for 4, Zimbabwe A looked to be heading for an easy win. However, Ashraf dismissed Mutumbami for 41 in the 61st over and later had Vermeulen caught by Najeeb Tarakai for 107 in the penultimate over of the day.

Zimbabwe A ended with 208 for 6, still 54 runs adrift. Luke Jongwe, the hosts' last recognised batsman, and John Nyumbu were at the crease at stumps.

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  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Excellent,Looks like Afghanistan has a Bright future Insha Allah :)WeLL DONE YOUNG LADS.

  • ESPN on July 30, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Wooooooow. Congratulations Afghanistan for a tense but towards the end a comfortable win. Great bowling by Mirwais Ashraf and a great double figure score by Zadran. Keep the great streak of wining on after two ODIs and now unofficial test :) Am loving it

  • Android on July 30, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    good job

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    ESPN now realised its adghanistan A ,not afghanistan team nice, but we apreciat the players played really good cricket ,if we are going to see zimbawe team is almost national team players all, hope able to take early wickets 2 tomorrow ,there is not much score lift

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    I appreciate the decision of calling the current squad as team A of Afghanistan which was formally called Afghanistan national before... I am very happy to see the youngsters play so patiently... the interesting thing is that all the players in the squad for this test series are T-twenty players but they still can play patiently .. special compliments for young lad Najeeb Zadran...

  • Amit on July 29, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    vermulen plays very sensibly,hope his effort didt goes as waste

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