Afghanistan roll Zimbabwe for emphatic win

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 21, 2018

Afghanistan posted 241-9 from their 50 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Ahmadi smashed six fours and two sixes and was part of 129-run second-wicket stand with Rahmat Shah (59), but the dismissal of the latter - when he sliced Sikandar Raza to long-off - sparked a middle-order collapse that saw six wickets drop for just 35 runs.

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan have jointly taken the No.1 spot in the ICC's ODI rankings.

Chatara, Muzarabani and Raza picked up two wickets apiece, while Chisoro and Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer chipped in with one wicket each.

Zimbabwe got off to a worse possible start in the chase when Hamilton Masakadza (7) was run out and Shapoor Zadran (1-7), who was tidy with the new ball accounted for Tarisai Musakanda (11). As has been the case all through the series, the only little fight came from senior likes Brendon Taylor and Craig Ervine, whose 46-run partnership gave hope, only to be crushed prematurely.

Once Taylor was gone, Zimbabwe imploded as they went from 72/3 to being skittled out for 95.

Meanwhile, Rashid's 51 runs in two innings in the series against Zimbabwe - which also included a brisk 43 in the final match in Sharjah - has helped him break into the top-five in the list of all-rounders as well, while he has also moved up 11 slots to take 115th place among batsmen. Ervine ended up being the highest scorer with 34 runs.

Ashraf was named Man of the Match, while Rashid was received the Man of the Series award.

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