result
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)
mohammad-shahzad
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Shahzad's record ton helps Afghanistan to 2-0 lead

Mohammad Shahzad recorded the highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in ODIs - 131 not out - to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets

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Scores: Sofri D Chandan
Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe253/7(50 overs)
Afghanistan254/6(47.4 overs)

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Presentation:

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.

47.4
1
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

47.3
4
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?

47.2
2
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

47.2
1w
Jongwe to Shahzad, 1 wide

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

47.1
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
46.6
6
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

46.5
2
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

46.4
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!"

46.3
4
Muzarabani to Mirwais, FOUR runs

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

46.2
1
Muzarabani to Shahzad, 1 run

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

46.1
Muzarabani to Shahzad, no run

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

end of over 468 runs
AFG: 233/6CRR: 5.06 RRR: 5.25
Mirwais Ashraf14 (23)
Mohammad Shahzad123 (127)
Graeme Cremer 9-0-49-1
Wellington Masakadza 9-0-42-0
45.6
Cremer to Mirwais, no run

padded away back down the pitch

45.5
Cremer to Mirwais, no run

plays and misses, squared up by sharp turn

Shahzad's eight sixes is the most by a batsman from an Associate team in an innings in ODIs

45.4
1
Cremer to Shahzad, 1 run

gets forward and turns it across the line towards long-on

45.3
6
Cremer to Shahzad, SIX runs

tossed up over his eye-line and Shahzad says 'thank you very much.' Makes room, generates enough power, swings through the line and crashes that over long-off. Picked the bones out of that one

45.2
1
Cremer to Mirwais, 1 run

frees his arms and thumps it to long-off

45.1
Cremer to Mirwais, no run

spins away from middle, he gets an inside edge as he looks to defend

end of over 457 runs
AFG: 225/6CRR: 5.00 RRR: 5.80
Mohammad Shahzad116 (125)
Mirwais Ashraf13 (19)
Wellington Masakadza 9-0-42-0
Elton Chigumbura 7-0-32-3
44.6
Masakadza to Shahzad, no run

looks to step out and go over midwicket, but can't generate power off the bottom hand, rolls to the midwicket fielder. Get the feeling that Shahzad is starting to cramp a bit

44.5
1
Masakadza to Mirwais, 1 run

steps out and biffs that across the line to wide long-on

44.4
Masakadza to Mirwais, no run

defended to the cover fielder

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Shahzad portrait
Mohammad Shahzad AFG
131 runs (133)
7 fours
8 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
slog shot
32 runs
1 four
4 sixes
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Craig Ervine
CR Ervine ZIM
73 runs (98)
7 fours
1 six
Control84%
Productive shot
leg glance
11 runs
1 four
0 six
16104916936
Best performances - bowlers
Elton Chigumbura
E Chigumbura ZIM
O
7
M
0
R
32
W
3
ECO
4.57
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Dawlat Zadran portrait
Dawlat Zadran AFG
O
10
M
1
R
57
W
3
ECO
5.7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossZimbabwe, elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad
Series resultAfghanistan led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3716
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 days29 December 2015 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Rokhan Barakzai
Rokhan Barakzai
List A debut
Rokhan Barakzai
Rokhan Barakzai
Umpires
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Anil Chaudhary
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
TV Umpire
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Vineet Kulkarni
Reserve Umpire
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Iftikhar Ali
Match Referee
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David Jukes