At Sharjah, December 25, 2015 (day/night). Afghanistan won by 49 runs. ‡Afghanistan 131 (38.5 overs) (Noor Ali Zadran 63; A. G. Cremer 5-20); Zimbabwe 82 (30.5 overs) (Hamza Hotak 4-17, Mohammad Nabi 3-15). MoM: Hamza Hotak. ODI debut: Yamin Ahmadzai (Afghanistan).
Zimbabwe seemed to have sewn up some Christmas Day cheer when they bowled Afghanistan out for 131 on a turning track, only to collapse themselves, eight men scoring 18 runs between them (including four ducks). Noor Ali Zadran was the only batsman on either side to exceed Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura's 28. Slow left-armer Hamza Hotak took the new ball and claimed his best one-day figures.