Monday 4 August 2014 

Win Inside Two Days For Zimbabwe A

Mirwais Ashraf bowls
Afghanistan A captain Mirwais Ashraf took two wickets in Zimbabwe A's first innings but his side was comfortably beatn
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Zimbabwe A 157 (S Ashraf 5-22) & 112-2 beat
Afghanistan A 169 & 99 by eight wickets
Four-day game, Harare

Zimbabwe A needed less than two days to wrap up an eight-wicket win over Afghanistan A and clinch a share of the series after a low-scoring second four-day game in Harare.

After conceding a 12-run lead after the first innings, the home team hit back to dismiss the touring Afghans for just 99 in their second innings.

They then eased to their victory target for the loss of just two wickets, bouncing back from losing the first game by 35 runs.

Batting first, Afghanistan A made 169, slipping to 19 for three early on before Qasim Khan (37) and Najibullah Zadran (36) helped them recover.

Cuthbert Musoko and Nevilla Madziva both took three wickets.

While the Afghans started poorly but recovered, the Zimbabwe A first innings was the complete opposite as they collapsed from 113 for two to be all out for 157.

Inspiring the collapse was Sharafuddin Ashraf, whose haul of five for 33 was backed up by Mirwais Ashraf's two for 13 and Abdullah Adil's two for 41.

However, presented with an opportunity to build a match-winning platform, Afghanistan A were then skittled for 99 in just 38.3 overs.

Rahmat Shah top scored with 24 and was one of just four players to reach double figures, one of which was Nasir Jamal who was dismissed for obstructing the field when on 22.

Natsai Mushangwe returned four for 20 as Zimbabwe A bowled themselves into a position they would not let slip.

After captain Tinotenda Mawayo had made 38 and Richmond Mutumbami eight, it was left to Mark Vermeulen, unbeaten on 47, and Joylord Gumbie, not out on 14 in 11 balls, to see them home with plenty of time to spare.

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Fixtures & Results
18th July: 1st ODI, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe 227-4 (Williams 70) beat
Afghanistan 223-9 by six wickets
20th July: 2nd ODI, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe 257-2 (Raza 141, Masakadza 93) beat
Afghanistan 256-7 by eight wickets
22nd July: 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
Afghanistan 264-8 (Javed Ahmadi 56) beat
Zimbabwe 261-8 (Masakadza 84) by two wickets
24th July: 4th ODI, Bulawayo
Afghanistan 259 (Shafiqullah 56, Tripano 5-63) beat
Zimbabwe 159 (Mulumbani 64) by 100 runs
27th-30th July: Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan A, Harare
Afghanistan A 105 & 321 beat
Zimbabwe A 165 & 226 by 35 runs
2nd-5th August: Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Harare
Zimbabwe A 157 (S Ashraf 5-22) & 112-2 beat
Afghanistan A 169 & 99 by eight wickets