Player of the Match
Player of the Match
318dThe Report by Vishal Dikshit

Zimbabwe keep series alive with comeback win

The new year brought in new fortunes for Zimbabwe's bowlers, but not their batsman, as they snatched a 117-run win from Afghanistan in the third ODI in Sharjah to keep the five-match series alive

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

H Masakadza
H Masakadza
83(138) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 15 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
9 6 13 8 10 5 22 10
AG Cremer
AG Cremer
58(75) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 28 runs
  • 2x4 - 3x6
2 1 9 1 5 7 9 24

Best performances - Bowlers

LM Jongwe
O5.1
M1
R6
W5
Eco1.16
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mirwais Ashraf
Mirwais Ashraf
O8
M2
R20
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Zimbabwe , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Afghanistan led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

2 January 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

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.

16.1
W
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

END OF OVER:
16 | 6 Runs | AFG: 58/9 (118 runs required from 33.5 overs, RR: 3.62, RRR: 3.47)

  • Amir Hamza1 (11b)
  • Dawlat Zadran7 (21b)
  • Graeme Cremer1-0-6-0
  • Luke Jongwe5-1-6-4
15.6
1
Cremer to Amir Hamza, 1 run, length ball sliding into the pad, tucked away through square leg
15.5
0
Cremer to Amir Hamza, no run, wow. Drifts in towards off stump and spins like it had the combined revs of Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill's biggest legbreaks, beats the outside edge by a mile
15.4
1
Cremer to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, goes on the back foot and punches to long-off
15.3
4
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
15.2
0
Cremer to Dawlat Zadran, no run, this one slides straight on as he presses forward to defend, misses the bat by a long way and strikes the front pad low down. In front of middle stump. I have no idea how that was not given out.

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0Noor Ali ZadranMohammad Shahzad
0Mohammad NabiMohammad Shahzad
16Asghar AfghanMohammad Shahzad
23Mohammad ShahzadHashmatullah Shahidi
6Mirwais AshrafHashmatullah Shahidi
1Samiullah ShinwariMirwais Ashraf
1Samiullah ShinwariShafiqullah
2Samiullah ShinwariRashid Khan
1Dawlat ZadranRashid Khan
8Amir HamzaDawlat Zadran