5th ODI, Bulawayo, Oct 24 2015, Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe
(44.1/50 ov, target 246)172
Afghanistan won by 73 runs
player of the match
Sean Williams
Zimbabwe (and Rhodesia)
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• The Report by Liam Brickhill in Bulawayo

Afghanistan defend 245 in historic series win

An all-round performance from Afghanistan assured them a place in the history books: their 73-run victory against Zimbabwe meant they took the series 3-2, becoming the first Associate to beat a Full Member in a multi-match ODI bilateral series

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Scorer: Donald Nyoni
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan245/9(50 overs)
Zimbabwe172/10(44.1 overs)
Sean Williams102 (124)
Luke Jongwe16 (14)

4.50pm Afghanistan, meanwhile, are joyous in their celebration, and well they might be. This is another significant step on their journey as a cricketing nation, and one that will never be forgotten. Hugs and smiles all round. Sean Williams and Dawlat Zadran have shared the Man of the Match Award. Afghanistan are gathered, arm in arm, on the outfield. A scene of great unity, and one can easily sense just how much this means to them. Mohammad Nabi is the Man of the Series for his consistent runs. Afghanistan are presented with the series trophy, crowding around it as its held high against the setting sun.

That's all from us for now, what a historic day this has been for Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be thoroughly disappointed because of their batting performance. Stay tuned for more updates from Liam Brickhill, he's at the ground and will send in a lot of details soon. Until then, ta ta!

Mojib Rehman: "All people are crying in kabul from happiness of this big victory"

sohail ahmad: "No one mentioned Inzi's hard work!"

Shukoor Hadi: "The guys who said that Afganistan is gonna be whiped out 0-5 here is the result, let the action speak. Congratulations Afghanistan and congratulations and well done Williams for maiden ODI 100"

Nadir Shah : "finally histroy made by Afghanistan !!! Well done guys!!!"

ObaidZarifi: "And here's the celebration fires back home"

mushtaq hashmi: "Well done guys u all had a very gud momentum"

HAMDARD Hamdull: "Congratulations to Afghanistan and all other Associate Nations for this historical series win of Afghanistan against a full ICC member nation. "

Rashid Khan to Williams, OUT

game over, Afghanistan win! Williams comes down the track, swings past the ball, and Shahzad breaks the stumps. Shahzad immediately starts pulling stumps out of the ground, tossing one each to the fielders on either side of him and keeping one as a memento for himself. Williams looks shell shocked as he walks off. The crowd stand to applaud him, and he gives them a wave, but there's no smile on his face.

Sean Williams st †Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 102 (179m 124b 3x4 4x6) SR: 82.25
end of over 442 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 172/9CRR: 3.90 RRR: 12.33 • Need 74 from 36b
Tinashe Panyangara0 (2)
Sean Williams102 (123)
Dawlat Zadran8-0-22-4
Mohammad Nabi8-0-33-0
Zadran to Panyangara, no run

another pinpoint yorker, and Panyangara manages to lay bat on it to dig it out.

Zadran to Panyangara, no run

just past the stumps! Dawlat aims for the inswinging yorker, it beats the bat but also - somehow - misses the stumps.

Dawlat has two deliveries at Tinashe Panyangara. You'd fancy his chances, with the ball snaking around menacingly.

Zadran to Masakadza, OUT

stumps destroyed! Dawlat targets the stumps with a full ball, reversing from leg to off, and the middle and off stumps are disturbed. Afghanistan are just a wicket away.

Wellington Masakadza b Dawlat Zadran 3 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.5
Zadran to Williams, 1 run

a low full toss dips on off stump, and it's dug out to long off.

Zadran to Williams, no run

sliced to the left of point. Masakadza charges out, looking for the single, but he's sent back. The throw goes to Dawlat, who drops the ball before he breaks the stumps.

Zadran to Masakadza, 1 run

dug out just wide of mid off, and they chance a single.

end of over 434 runs
ZIM: 170/8CRR: 3.95 RRR: 10.86 • Need 76 from 42b
Wellington Masakadza2 (6)
Sean Williams101 (121)
Mohammad Nabi8-0-33-0
Dawlat Zadran7-0-20-3
M Nabi to Masakadza, 1 run

defended back to the bowler.

M Nabi to Masakadza, no run

Masakadza heaves across the line, and a top edge loops up and over the wicketkeeper, falling safely.

Naseer Mehraban: "Very well deserved 100 for Williams."

M Nabi to Williams, 1 run

Williams charges down and punts a full ball to long on, just the one.

M Nabi to Masakadza, 1 run

that's a good looking sweep from a no. 10, Masakadza powering the ball along the ground to deep midwicket.

M Nabi to Masakadza, no run

Masakadza comes forward to defend.

M Nabi to Williams, 1 run

there's the hundred, his first in ODIs! Pushed back down the ground, the bowler can't stop it cleanly and they sprint through for one.

end of over 425 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 166/8CRR: 3.95 RRR: 10.00 • Need 80 from 48b
Wellington Masakadza0 (2)
Sean Williams99 (119)
Dawlat Zadran7-0-20-3
Amir Hamza10-1-41-3
Zadran to Masakadza, no run

Wellington hops to defend a rising delivery on off stump.

Zadran to Masakadza, no run

full, swinging and zoning in on off stump. Wellington presents the full face of the bat to dig it out to mid off.

Zadran to Masakadza, 1 wide

speared down the leg side, a clear wide.

That is almost certainly the match gone for Zimbabwe. Afghanistan are about to make history at Queens Sports Club, with just Williams and the tail remaining.

khaliloo: "Kabul Streets are to be witnessing Afg Cricket Win Celebration:)"

Zadran to Jongwe, OUT

not this time! Jongwe gets across to the off side and this time he wants to ramp it over the leg side, but the ball beats him and knocks back off stump. Afghanistan close in!

Luke Jongwe b Dawlat Zadran 16 (22m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 114.28
Zadran to Jongwe, FOUR runs

that's an absolutely outrageous shot! Jongwe reverses his hands and hits this high over third man. He's just reverse swept a quick ball off middle stump.

Baryalai Jalalz: "Though I am an Afghan, but I am looking to see williams to reach his hundred, he really deserve it. It is brilliant effort by williams."

Zadran to Jongwe, no run

massive swipe across the line! This has swung in again, and it's shaved just past the off stump as Jongwe missed the ball. It's reversing

Zadran to Jongwe, no run

the ball swings in sharply to hit Jongwe's pad, but it was headed down the leg side.

Dawlat Zadran is brought back on from the City End. Zimbabwe need 85 from 54. Williams on 99...

Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossZimbabwe, elected to field first
SeriesAfghanistan tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Sean Williams
Sean Williams
Dawlat Zadran
Dawlat Zadran
Player Of The Series
Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi
Series resultAfghanistan won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI no. 3699
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 days24 October 2015 - day(50-over match)
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Langton Rusere
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Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
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Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
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Lucky Ngwenya
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee