Player of the Match
Player of the Match

8.45pm That's it from all of us here. A very enjoyable game of cricket to bring to you all, and we hope you enjoyed our coverage. I'll leave you with a few comments from our readers. Until next time, good night!

Praneeth: "Hope this win act as the catalyst for Zimbabwe to take the U-turn after a terrible 2015."

Abdul Samad War: "It is not Afghan tigers' mistake it is magic cat power."

Josh: "1st and 3rd games have been rather odd. The team batting first seems to have lost it by the innings break and then then the team batting 2nd makes them look superb. Guess you can never judge a pitch until both sides bat."

8.35pm Time for some quotes from the presentation. First up, Hamilton Masakadza, the man of the match: "Got in at a very difficult time, credit to Cremer for the support he gave me, and the bowlers did very well as well. Cremer has always been a good batsman. I've been on the wrong end of a 170 from him in a first-class game. We managed to bat as long as we wanted to and managed to get a few hits away towards the end. It's good that we've managed to keep the series alive, hope we can keep this momentum."

Asghar Stanikzai: "Our bowlers started very well. Good partnership between Masakadza and Cremer, but a total of 175 was [chaseable]. The wicket is not too difficult but our batsmen played poor shots and their bowlers bowled very well. We have more opportunity in the next game, inshallah we play good cricket."

Elton Chigumbura: "It's a good start to the year. All credit goes to Hamilton, Graeme Cremer, and the two bowlers who gave us a good start. Getting those two wickets in the first over set the tone for us. It's good to see that we've got strike bowlers. I hope Jongwe carries on with the form he showed today. It's important for us in the next game to come out firing again. The way we started with the bat was disappointing. It was important that we bounced back. The way Cremer supported Hamilton was fantastic. To end up on 175 gave us a chance to come and defend the score. It's been a long time since we won a game. It's a good start to the year and I hope we carry on."

10.20pm What a turnaround, and what a win for Zimbabwe. They were 49 for 7 when Masakadza and Cremer came together, and their partnership dragged them to 175. It still looked an inadequate total, but Zimbabwe defended it with some exceptional bowling, even if Afghanistan's technique and shot selection left a lot to be desired. The series has heated up brilliantly now: Afghanistan lead 2-1, and two more matches remain.

Jongwe to Amir Hamza, OUT, back of a length down the leg side, and it's all over. Jongwe finishes with a five-for as Hamza, looking to glance it off his hips, gets a little tickle through to Mutumbami, who takes another excellent catch, diving to his left this time

Amir Hamza c †Mutumbami b Jongwe 1 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

Cremer to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR runs, now he flights it and Dawlat goes after it, opening his shoulders as he swings through the line, and hits it straight down the ground, one bounce for four
Jongwe to Rashid Khan, OUT, short, wide, and he's cut that straight to cover point. It was there to be hit, he hit it well, but didn't keep it down, and Waller barely had to move to complete the catch

Rashid Khan c Waller b Jongwe 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Jongwe to Samiullah Shinwari, OUT, full outside off, not full enough to drive, and Jongwe has another wicket! Seams away with some extra bounce, and Shenwari walks into a drive and edges to the keeper. Once again, his front-foot movement is a touch too late

Samiullah Shinwari c †Mutumbami b Jongwe 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Madziva to Shafiqullah, OUT, and another! This is beautifully bowled, another one straightens outside off. Shafiqullah pokes with hard hands, away from his body, and Mutumbami dives at full stretch to his right to take a super low catch in one glove

Shafiqullah c †Mutumbami b Madziva 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jongwe to Mirwais Ashraf, OUT, got him, another catch for that wide slip fielder. This time it's the right-handed batsman, Ashraf. Back of a length outside off, straightens just a touch. Ashraf punches at it, away from his body, and the thick edge falls right into Masakadza's lap

Mirwais Ashraf c Masakadza b Jongwe 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Jongwe to Hashmatullah Shahidi, OUT, got him! He's been angling them across right through these two overs, and this pitched in the perfect spot. Not too wide outside off, not full enough to drive, and Hashmatullah went at it with an angled bat and edged to Masakadza at wide slip

Hashmatullah Shahidi c Masakadza b Jongwe 3 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Chisoro to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, flighted ball on off stump, and Shahzad has thrown his wicket away. Looks like he wanted to hit it over mid-off and got too close to the pitch of the ball. Didn't get the elevation he wanted and Chigumbura dives forward to take a good low catch

Mohammad Shahzad c Chigumbura b Chisoro 31 (22b 4x4 1x6) SR: 140.90

Chisoro to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR runs, short, not too much width, and Shahzad does brilliantly, skips back while simultaneously making himself room, and opens his bat face to find the gap to the left of short third man. Superb placement
Madziva to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX runs, length ball outside off and that is a stunning hit from Shahzad, just clears his front leg and swings across it to hit the wide long-on boundary on the full. Or has it hit it on the half-volley? Maybe the base of the boundary cushion. Six is the umpire's signal in the end
Madziva to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR runs, short, wide, stands on his toes and cracks it away, rolls his wrists on top of the bounce and cuts fiercely to the left of backward point. Super shot
Chisoro to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR runs, full down the leg side and Shahzad executes his sweep better than Stanikzai did, playing it fine, to the right of the short fine leg fielder, and picking up a boundary
Chisoro to Asghar Afghan, OUT, down the leg side, and fine leg was in the circle. That would count as a bad ball on most occasions, but Stanikzai sweeps uppishly and straight to the fielder. A few feet either side of him and that would have been four

Asghar Afghan c Madziva b Chisoro 6 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Madziva to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR runs, full outside off and what a shot that is! All wrists and bottom hand, and he absolutely hammers that whip wide of mid-on
Chisoro to Asghar Afghan, FOUR runs, short, wide, and this time Stanikzai puts it away into the gap, skips back nimbly and cuts it past point
Madziva to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, gone, he's on a hat-trick! Wide outswinger, Nabi went for the drive away from his body, and Mutumbami moves smartly to his right to take a good catch at shoulder height, with arms at full stretch

Mohammad Nabi c †Mutumbami b Madziva 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mohammad Nabi in at No. 3.

Madziva to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT, bowled him! off-stump yorker, and it's straightened past his outside edge and taken out off stump. That's a sensational delivery

Noor Ali Zadran b Madziva 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0Noor Ali ZadranMohammad Shahzad
2nd0Mohammad NabiMohammad Shahzad
3rd16Asghar AfghanMohammad Shahzad
4th23Mohammad ShahzadHashmatullah Shahidi
5th6Mirwais AshrafHashmatullah Shahidi
6th1Samiullah ShinwariMirwais Ashraf
7th1Samiullah ShinwariShafiqullah
8th2Samiullah ShinwariRashid Khan
9th1Dawlat ZadranRashid Khan
10th8Amir HamzaDawlat Zadran