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Openers Set Up Zimbabwe Win

Hamilton Masakadza
Hamilton Masakadza struck 93 as he and Sikandar Raza put on 224 together
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Zimbabwe 257-2 (Raza 141, Masakadza 93) beat
Afghanistan 256-7 by eight wickets
Second One-Day International, Bulawayo

Openers Hamilton Masakadza (93) and Sikandar Raza (141) shared a 224-run opening partnership to help Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in the second One-Day International in Bulawayo.

17-year-old Usman Ghani had earlier become just the fifth man to score an ODI hundred for Afghanistan as they posted 256 for seven.

However, Masakadza and Raza then made 224 - smashing the previous record of 167 held by Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda - in 36.3 overs before Zimbabwe eased home in 43.3 overs to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

Their partnership was also the highest for any wicket by Zimbabwe in an ODI, beating the previous record of 202 between Stuart Carlisle and Sean Ervine in 2004.

Ghani emulated Mohammad Shahzad, Nawroz Mangal, Karim Sadiq and Noor Ali Zadran by reaching three figures, scoring 118 in 143 balls.

He hit 12 fours and a six but no other player could score more than the 23 managed by Gulbodin Naib.

Tinashe Panyangara, Masakadza and Raza all took two wickets for Zimbabwe.

Masakadza then hit 10 fours and a six in 113 balls before he was trapped in front by Sharifuddin Ahmed while Raza was brutal, hitting 11 fours and seven sixes.

His 141 came from just 133 deliveries and his innings was finally ended when he was caught by Dawlat Zadran off Samiullah Shenwari.

Brendan Taylor, unbeaten on 11, and Sean Williams, not out on two, then guided Zimbabwe home.

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