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All-round Afghanistan end UAE tour with 4-1 series win over Zimbabwe

Mohammad Nabi picked two wickets in the game
Mohammad Nabi picked two wickets in the game

Afghanistan 241-9 (Ahmadi 76) beat
Zimbabwe 95 (Rashid 3-13) by 146 runs
Fifth One-Day International in Sharjah

Javed Ahmadi and Rahmat Shah scored 76 and 59 respectively to steer Afghanistan to 241 for nine following which the bowlers dismissed Zimbabwe for 95 runs to complete a massive 146-run victory in the fifth One-Day International in Sharjah as they ended the series with a 4-1 margin.

Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Javed Ahmadi (76) and Mohammad Shahzad (2) started the innings cautiously scoring 13 runs in the first five overs.

Shahzad handed a reprieve when Tendai Chisoro (1-55) dropped him but it did not prove costly as Blessing Muzarabani (2-44) had him caught in the next delivery.

Afghanistan managed just 25 runs in the first powerplay but Rahmat Shah (59) and Ahmadi upped the ante scoring 43 runs in four overs. Ahmadi completed his fifty off 61 deliveries while Shah took 62 balls to reach his half-century. At the halfway mark, Afghanistan reached 125 for one.

Sikandar Raza (2-41) provided some respite to Zimbabwe by bringing an end to a 129 run stand and soon Ahmadi was also run out. Zimbabwe capitalised on the opening as they picked Samiullah Shenwari (5), Asghar Stanikzai (2), Nasir Jamal (7) and Mohammad Nabi (9) cheaply as they were reduced to 177 for seven.

However, Sharafuddin Ashraf (21) and Rashid Khan (43) added a crucial 51 run stand for the eighth wicket to lift the score to 249 for nine in the 50 overs.

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).

Brendan Taylor (27) and Craig Ervine (35) showed brief resistance but Ashraf (2-15), Nabi (2-26) and Rashid (3-13) ensured Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 95 runs as they completed a 4-1 series victory.

Ashraf was named the man of the match while Rashid went on to claim the man of the series award.

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