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Mujeeb Zadran's five-fer leads Afghanistan to series victory

Mohammad Shahzad scored 75 runs in the chase
Mohammad Shahzad scored 75 runs in the chase

Afghanistan 135-0 (Shahzad 75no) beat
Zimbabwe 134 (Mujeeb 5-50) by 10 wickets
Fourth One-Day International in Sharjah

Mujeeb Zadran claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 134 runs and later chased down the target in the 22nd over with all 10 wickets in hand in the fourth One-Day International in Sharjah to claim a 3-1 series victory.

Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. The innings started positively with Solomon Mire (9) and Hamilton Masakadza (4) scoring 13 runs in the first two overs before both were castled by Mujeeb (5-50).

Brendan Taylor (30) counterattacked the Afghanistan bowlers with two sixes in the 12th over from Mujeeb but Zimbabwe lost Tarisai Musakanda (9) at the other end when he chipped a return catch to Mohammad Nabi (2-18).

Taylor's brief 29-ball stay was ended by Sharafuddin Ashraf (1-15) and from there on it was only Craig Ervine (54 not out) with his unbeaten knock showed some resilience as the rest of the batting capitulated as they were bowled out for just 134 in 38 overs.

Mujeeb was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers with a five-wicket haul while Nabi and Rashid Khan (2-28) snared two apiece.

In the chase, Mohammad Shahzad (75 not out) plundered four boundaries and a six in the first three overs and brought the 50-run opening stand Ihsanullah Janat (51 not out) in the eighth over.

Shahzad's fifty came off just 40 deliveries as Afghanistan headed into the dinner break with a score of 75 for naught in 12 overs.

On resumption, things hardly changed for Zimbabwe as the 100-run opening stand for Afghanistan came in the 16th over. Ihsanullah hit the winning runs with a boundary that also helped him reach a half-century as Afghanistan completed the chase in the 22nd over without losing a wicket.

Mujeeb was named the man of the match for his five-wicket haul.

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