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Rashid, Nabi secure 2-0 lead for Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi picked three wickets and scored 34 runs
Mohammad Nabi picked three wickets and scored 34 runs

Afghanistan 238-9 (Shahzad 64) beat
Zimbabwe 184 (Mire 54) by 54 runs
Second One-Day International in Harare

Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan picked three wickets each to dismiss Zimbabwe for 184 in a chase of 239 runs to seal a 54-run victory in the second One-Day International in Harare.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat. Noor Ali Zadran (14) fell in the final ball of the first powerplay at the end of which the visitors were placed 34 for one.

Mohammad Shahzad (64) and Rahmat Shah (53) added 84 runs for the second wicket and laid a solid platform. However, both batsmen were dismissed on reaching their half-centuries

However, once they fell, Graeme Cremer's (2-37) double strike pegged Afghanistan to 149 for four following which Nabi (33) and Najibullah Zadran (45) tried to rebuild the innings and took the visitors close to 200-run mark but they lacked the late flourish and were restricted to 238 for nine in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Solomon Mire (54) played aggressively and had a solid opening stand of 69 runs with Peter Moor (17). Rashid (3-25) provided the early breakthrough when Mire was castled and soon Gulbadin Naib (2-38) struck twice in quick succession to dismiss Moor and Craig Ervine (34).

With Rashid, Nabi (3-38) and Amir Hamza (2-40) all over the Zimbabwe batsmen, the innings never had the momentum and were bowled out for 184 in 42.1 overs.

Rashid bagged the player of the match as Afghanistan took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

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