Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Harare, 1st day August 2, 2014

Hosts take control after Afghanistan make 169

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 113 for 2 trail Afghanistan 169 (Musoko 3-39) by 56 runs

Zimbabwe A's seamers dismissed Afghanistan for 169 on the first day of the second four-day match in Harare. Cuthbert Musoko ran through the top order and Tatenda Mupunga and Neville Madziva took over from there as Afghanistan lasted 54.1 overs after choosing to bat.

Musoko reduced the visitors to 19 for 3 in the eighth over. Rahmat Shah (29) and Najibullah Zadran (36) tried to revive the innings with a 59-run stand for the fifth wicket but Mupunga removed both batsmen. Wicketkeeper Qaseem Khan contributed 37 at No. 7, which helped Afghanistan push past 150.

Zimbabwe A lost Joylord Gumbie cheaply and captain Tino Mawoyo (27) could not build on his start, but Mark Vermeulen and Richmond Mutumbami made unbeaten thirties to take the hosts to 113 for 2 at stumps.

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  • M.Zahir Shah on August 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Way Afghan A bat first.

  • Rehman on August 2, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    It shows the lack of experience from the captain to management that on a wicket supporting seamers in the morning/first session, the Afghan team decided to bat first, and we all see the results.

    Even in the first match it was a miracle that Zimbwabe was bowled out early. Good luck for Afghan team if wins the match from here.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    I think the reason why Afg A bat first was because they have chance to defend their total on day 4.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    I can,t understand the reason behind Afghanistan captain,s stupid decision of batting first... it was totally a crazy decision to bat first on a pitch which is very difficult to bat on in the morning.. I still believe if Afg can get three early wickets tomorrow , Zim will not be able to post a big total....

  • Gul Rahman on August 2, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Why Afghan A bat frist, they had to bowl frist as won the toss.

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