2nd ODI (D/N), Sharjah, Dec 29 2015, Zimbabwe tour of United Arab Emirates
(47.4/50 ov)254/6
Afghanistan won by 4 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
131* (133)

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Asghar Stanikzai: Great game, delighted with our performance. Openers started well, unfortunately our middle order struggled. Hopefully we will fire in the next game. Match became a lot tougher because we lost a few wickets. Shahzad's knock was brilliant.

Elton Chigumbura: Maybe 20 more runs could have made the difference. It was going to be difficult for the bowlers because there wasn't much assistance. We could have churned out more singles while batting. It's always good to reach milestones (4000 runs and 100 wickets), but the important thing was to win the game. I thought the wicket played better, the way Shahzad batted showed how easy it was one you got in on this surface.

No prizes for guessing who the Player of the Match is. "Before this series, we had a 14-day fitness camp, perhaps that's done the trick," says Mohammad Shahzad. "The ball didn't come onto the bat, so the plan was to bat till the end. The bowlers did a good job on this surface. Two consecutive wins against a Test team is a proud moment for us."

Just to clarify, a single was completed before the ball went to the boundary. And so the game ends there, even though the ball eventually crossed the line

10:32 pm local Mirwais Ashraf's cameo can't be understated either. Should have been out lbw, but wasn't given. But he cashed in and ensured he was there till the end along with Shahzad as Afghanistan clinched a game they could have won much more comfortably, if not for a batting meltdown. Elton Chigumbura, who doesn't bowl much these days in ODIs, brought himself on to pick up three wickets, but Zimbabwe were to be denied by one man. What a character Shahzad is!

10:30pm local Mohammad Shahzad, take a bow. Kept for 50 overs in the heat, then came out, made a century and carried his bat through in a tough chase, where Afghanistan were challenged at different times. What looked like a cruise suddenly became a little nervy as they lost a clutch of wickets, but Shahzad's steely determination and exuberance has seen them home. The 2-0 lead also means Afghanistan will end 2015 ranked No. 10 in the ICC ODI charts. The Afghanistan flag flies high.

Jongwe to Shahzad, 1 run

the wild slog doesn't go where he intended, but he still manages to beat mid-on to the boundary. Shahzad starts off on his celebratory jig. The normally subdued Inzamam is all smiles. The entire team is on their feet. Zimbabwe absolutely gutted. What a thriller this has been

Jongwe to Shahzad, FOUR runs

length ball on off, he backs away and slaps it over cover. That now is the highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in ODIs

Right, can Shahzad do an MS and finish this off with a six?

Jongwe to Shahzad, 2 runs

gets a thick inside edge as the slog rolls into the gap between deep midwicket and wide long-on. The 50 partnership is up too

Jongwe to Shahzad, 1 wide

full but sprays it down leg, looking to follow the batsman, unsuccessful

Jongwe to Shahzad, no run

Ashraf wanted the single, Shahzad sent him back, could have been chaotic if the fielder running in from point hit direct at the non-striker's end

end of over 4713 runs
AFG: 246/6CRR: 5.23 RRR: 2.66
Mirwais Ashraf26 (27)
Mohammad Shahzad124 (129)
Taurai Muzarabani 7-0-37-0
Graeme Cremer 9-0-49-1
Muzarabani to Mirwais, SIX runs

slower ball and he's picked his spot to perfection. It was right in the slot for Ashraf to unfurl the big hit, he swung clean and picked the gap at cow corner. Afghanistan inch ever so close to a 2-0 lead

Muzarabani to Mirwais, 2 runs

firm drive, the cover fielder managed a half-stop and the deflection rolled towards long-off, that allowed them to complete the second

Muzarabani to Mirwais, no run

right into the blockhole from wide of the crease, keeps that out

Ven: "Except for those nervous 90s.. MS has been impressive in most of his innings.. Clearing ropes with ease at important situations of the game.. Well played!"

Muzarabani to Mirwais, FOUR runs

squeezed away behind point, no one in the deep and that's four more to the total.

Muzarabani to Shahzad, 1 run

low full toss outside off, slapped to deep cover where Sikandar Raza moves swiftly to fire a rocket throw

Muzarabani to Shahzad, no run

full and just a touch outside off, Shahzad plays an ugly swipe, but can't connect