Player of the Match
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    24.4 gone! Big wicket, the set man has to go. Just a full delivery outside off, Zadran looks to steer to third man but the ball skids on and takes a feather through to the keeper. Zadran looked really good in his innings but has to go now. 103/5
    4.2 Shahzad goes! Exuberant stroke and he pays for it with his dismissal. Nothing delivery, full on middle with a bit of air, Shahzad was not happy with just one boundary, he skipped down the track and heaved it away but straight down the throat of the deep midwicket fielder, picked him out to perfection. 30/1
    9.2 short and wide, and taken! Against the run of play. Stunning catch from the third man fielder. Not a delivery you want to be getting out to, but Nabi played under the ball a touch and the ball bounced and took a thick outside edge which flew all the way to third man who dived and hung on to a sharp chance. Well done from Jongwe. 54/2
    12.5 gone! Another wild hoick and another wicket. Nice flight on middle, Mangal goes for a swipe over midwicket and against the turn, the ball turns a touch and takes the top edge which lobs up and straight to cover who takes an easy catch. 68/3
    24.3 direct hit and that looks out. Amazing fielding from Raza. Shortish delivery outside off, chopped away towards cover. After some hesitation, Stanikzai decides to go for the run, Raza picks up cleanly and turns around, fires an accurate throw to the strikers end to find Stanikzai well short. Exceptional fielding. 103/4
    29.3 nicely tossed up outside off, Shenwari's eyes light up, he looks to slap that over cover but doesn't get the elevation, and Chigumbura accepts the catch gleefully. The slide continues 114/6
    32.4 gone! The googly this time and Najibullah goes now, very poor delivery, pulls it short down leg but the googly generates some extra bounce and Najibullah goes back to pull but the bounce does for him, climbs sharply and takes the upper half of the bat. The ball spoons up for Ervine at short fine leg. Afghanistan sink deeper. 127/7
    34.2 is that out? The keeper seems confident. Tossed up outside off, Cremer gets a lot of spin and drift, the ball deviates past the outside edge. Mirwais' foot is left outside, he doesn't bother dragging that foot back in and the keeper whips off the bails as he sees the foot outside the crease on the second attempt. Great bit of bowling but not very clever batting. 128/8
    36.2 big swipe against the turn and another wicket. Slowed up on off, with lots of flight. Zadran's eyes lit up, saw an opportunity for some runs and went for an ugly hoick. A thick outside edge is easily snaffled up by Ervine at slip. Afghanistan are left reeling. 129/9
    not out
    38.5 gone this time! taken at long-on, Jongwe. Cremer does get his five for. Nicely slowed up outside off, the batsmen goes for a swipe over long-on and connects nicely too, but does not quite get the desired elevation and was not helped by the fact that he was hitting against the turn. A good catch at the boundary 131/10
    8 (lb 5, w 3)
    131 all out (38.5 Overs, RR: 3.37)
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Mohammad Shahzad, 4.2 ov), 2-54 (Mohammad Nabi, 9.2 ov), 3-68 (Nawroz Mangal, 12.5 ov), 4-103 (Asghar Afghan, 24.3 ov), 5-103 (Noor Ali Zadran, 24.4 ov), 6-114 (Samiullah Shinwari, 29.3 ov), 7-127 (Najibullah Zadran, 32.4 ov), 8-128 (Mirwais Ashraf, 34.2 ov), 9-129 (Dawlat Zadran, 36.2 ov), 10-131 (Yamin Ahmadzai, 38.5 ov)
    LM Jongwe201206.0082010
    T Muzarabani503416.80175100
    WP Masakadza702012.85292010
    AG Cremer9.522052.03450100
    Sikandar Raza1022512.50401010
    CJ Chibhabha501513.00181000
    16.2 beauty! Tossed up on middle and leg, the ball rips past the outside edge of Moor and clatters into off stump. Not much Moor could have done about that, a beautiful delivery, the right pace and flight. 47/4
    0.2 bowled im. Poor shot selection. Flatter delivery from Hamza, drifts on with the arm and skids on but Chibhabha goes back and tries to cut a quick delivery, the ball hurries in and takes the pad and then clatters into off stump. Not a great shot at all, and Afghanistan sniff an opportunity. 1/1
    6.2 Ervine goes! The pressure of dot balls has yielded another wicket. Ervine skips down and looks to swipe over midwicket but the ball takes a top edge and flies down to third man who takes an easy catch. Iffy strategy from the batsmen so far. 11/2
    6.5 bowled im, another one goes. Another wicket for Afghanistan and they are roaring back into the game here. Mutumbami plays from the crease and the ball ducks back in late and sneaks through a big gap between bat and pad before clattering into the stumps. Zimbabwe have lost three now 12/3
    21.6 Big, big wicket this. Tosses it up on middle, Chigumbura goes to whip to the leg side but misses completely. The ball sneaks through and hits the stumps. Nabi is ecstatic. The big wicket for Afghanistan there, the bowling change has worked. 64/5
    22.4 gone. Raza has to go. A big wicket for Afghanistan, a total breakdown in communication. Raza drives towards mid-off with decent power and calls for a run immediately but Waller does't respond. Despite a fumble, the throw back is decent to the keeper and Zim lose another. 64/6
    23.5 ripper at short leg! Afghanistan are taking this home in style! Noor Ali, take a bow! Waller has been pressing forward to block, so Nabi held the ball back just enough that it would hit the pitch, kick off it and take the inside edge. The ball went low, but straight at the short leg fielder and Noor Ali dived forward to complete a lovely catch 64/7
    28.1 wow, beauty. Hamza does it again, goes wider of the crease and pitches on middle, that angle created made Jongwe defend down the line, but the ball spun and gripped in the wicket to take the off stump. Stunning delivery, and what a timely one at that. Zim now eight down, with lots of work to do. 78/8
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    29.2 gone! Zim nine down. Wellington goes for the sweep but the ball bounces a touch and takes the top edge. Spoons up for short fine leg to take. Zimbabwe have capitulated here. 79/9
    30.5 gone! He has been given. Afghanistan win. What a performance from the bowlers. A slider on middle and leg, the ball skids on and hits TM on the pad in front of leg, the umpire had no hesitation and delirious scenes as Afghanistan go 1-0 up. Stumps are uprooted and fists are pumped, Zimbabwe are distraught. 82/10
    3 (nb 1, w 2)
    82 all out (30.5 Overs, RR: 2.65)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Chamu Chibhabha, 0.2 ov), 2-11 (Craig Ervine, 6.2 ov), 3-12 (Richmond Mutumbami, 6.5 ov), 4-47 (Peter Moor, 16.2 ov), 5-64 (Elton Chigumbura, 21.6 ov), 6-64 (Sikandar Raza, 22.4 ov), 7-64 (Malcolm Waller, 23.5 ov), 8-78 (Luke Jongwe, 28.1 ov), 9-79 (Wellington Masakadza, 29.2 ov), 10-82 (Taurai Muzarabani, 30.5 ov)
    Amir Hamza7.521742.17351000
    Dawlat Zadran511202.40252000
    Mirwais Ashraf501322.60200010
    Samiullah Shinwari502104.20161011
    Mohammad Nabi501533.00191000
    Yamin Ahmadzai31401.33140000

Match Details


Afghanistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Afghanistan led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number


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

25 December 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1CJ ChibhabhaPJ Moor
2nd10CR ErvinePJ Moor
3rd1R MutumbamiPJ Moor
4th35E ChigumburaPJ Moor
5th17E ChigumburaSikandar Raza
6th0MN WallerSikandar Raza
7th0MN WallerLM Jongwe
8th14AG CremerLM Jongwe
9th1AG CremerWP Masakadza
10th3AG CremerT Muzarabani