3rd ODI, Bulawayo, Oct 20 2015, Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe
(49.4/50 ov, target 224)229/4
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Richmond Mutumbami
Zimbabwe (and Rhodesia)
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• The Report by Liam Brickhill

Mutumbami, Chigumbura give Zimbabwe 2-1 lead

Richmond Mutumbami's 74 helped Zimbabwe to secure a 2-1 series lead with a six-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Afghanistan at Queens Sports Club

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Scorer: Donald Nyoni
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan223/8(50 overs)
Zimbabwe229/4(49.4 overs)

4:55pm: Thanks for joining us today in our coverage of Zimbabwe's six-wicket win that gives them a 2-1 lead in the series, with two games to play. Your commentator has been Liam Brickhill. Look out for my match report in the next few minutes, and please do join me again for the fourth game. Until then, goodbye!

4:50pm: Richmond Mutumbami is Man of the Match for his 74.

4:45pm: Well, it came down to the final over, but it seemed Zimbabwe were always just in front in this chase. Mutumbami's aggressive knock ensured a good start, and though neither Chibhabha nor Ervine made their presence felt, Zimbabwe never lost wickets in clumps. Williams and Chigumbura added 61 in partnership to take Zimbabwe close, and then Raza came out and hurried things along with a quickfire 29. Zimbabwe will also be pleased that Chigumbura spent some time at the wicket, regaining confidence and timing to see Zimbabwe home. Afghanistan really lost this game through their middle order slump - without that collapse, they'd have reached a much more challenging total.

Zadran to Raza, SIX runs

No worries at all from Raza. With all the fielders up inside the circle, he picked up a length delivery and mowed it straight back down the ground. An emphatic full stop to the match!

Zadran to Chigumbura, 1 run

another Bulls-eye yorker! Chigumbura swings at it, and the inside edge flies past the stumps and down to fine leg.

Zadran to Raza, 1 run

single to third man, off the bottom edge. Again Dawlat was on target with the yorker, but the ball went to the man on the boundary.

The only fielders out on the boundary are third man, fine leg and deep square.

Zadran to Raza, no run

dot ball! Dawlat spears in a reverse swinging yorker, and Raza can only dig it out to cover.

Last over coming up. Zimbabwe need three to win. Chigumbura needs one for his fifty.

end of over 496 runs
ZIM: 221/4CRR: 4.51 RRR: 3.00 • Need 3 from 6b
Sikandar Raza21 (20)
Elton Chigumbura48 (61)
Aftab Alam9-0-44-0
Dawlat Zadran9-0-43-0
Aftab Alam to Raza, 1 run

tip and run single! Raza drove the ball hard, and straight at cover. The batsmen charged through for the single, trusting that the fielder couldn't hit the stumps. And, indeed, he could not.

Aftab Alam to Raza, 1 wide

that will help Zimbabwe! Aftab hurls one down the leg side, and is called for a wide.

There's a long conference between captain and bowler ahead of Aftab's final delivery. Long on, deep square and fine leg are out, as is third man.

Aftab Alam to Chigumbura, 1 run

a toe-ended drive flies down to third man. Just the one.

Aftab Alam to Chigumbura, no run

play and a miss! Chigumbura swings mightily at a full ball outside off, but he can't connect.

Aftab Alam to Raza, 1 run

another full toss, and it's flicked to deep square leg.

Aftab Alam to Chigumbura, 1 run

in the air ... And safe! Mid off is up inside the circle now, with Afghanistan looking to save runs. Chigumbura wanted to smite this length delivery to wide long off, but it hit the bat really high.

Aftab Alam to Raza, 1 run

Raza comes forward to drive, and the cover sweeper keeps them to one.

end of over 489 runs
ZIM: 215/4CRR: 4.47 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Sikandar Raza18 (17)
Elton Chigumbura46 (58)
Dawlat Zadran9-0-43-0
Aftab Alam8-0-38-0

Zimbabwe are well on top, but there are still nine runs to get, and a tight over here could take it into the final over. And then, anything could happen ...

Zadran to Raza, 1 run

a full toss on middle is flapped out into the deep with a wristy flick, just the single

Zadran to Chigumbura, 1 run

crunched through cover point. Firmly hit, but there's cover on the boundary.

Zadran to Chigumbura, 2 runs

Chigumbura swings hard at a length delivery, and the ball flies off the edge and quite fine down to third man. He's one hit away from fifty now.

Zadran to Raza, 1 run

punched to mid off, who is up now, but it's just wide enough of him to allow a scampered single.

Zadran to Raza, FOUR runs

up and over extra cover! This is the length Raza has been waiting for, and he leans forward into a majestic, lofted drive. Inside out, and over the infield.

Zadran to Raza, no run

Raza is cramped for room by one that swings in towards middle and off, nudging the ball back down the track.

end of over 477 runs
ZIM: 206/4CRR: 4.38 RRR: 6.00 • Need 18 from 18b
Sikandar Raza12 (13)
Elton Chigumbura44 (56)
Aftab Alam8-0-38-0
Dawlat Zadran8-0-34-0
Aftab Alam to Raza, 1 run

slashed square off the front foot, and they put the point fielder under pressure with a quick single. He stops it, but not cleanly.

Aftab Alam to Raza, no run

chopped to point, who stops it cleanly this time.

Aftab Alam to Chigumbura, 1 run

on a length, just outside off, and Chigumbura stands at the crease to force a single to long off.

Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
SeriesAfghanistan tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Richmond Mutumbami
Richmond Mutumbami
Series resultZimbabwe (and Rhodesia) led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3696
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.00
Match days20 October 2015 - day(50-over match)
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Jeremiah Matibiri
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Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
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Langton Rusere
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee