Zimbabwe Win Opening ODI

Sean Williams plays a shot
Sean Williams hit a quickfire 70 to help Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan
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Zimbabwe 227-4 (Williams 70) beat
Afghanistan 223-9 by six wickets
First One-Day International, Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won the first One-Day International against Afghanistan in Bulawayo by six wickets, chasing down a target of 224 with almost five overs to spare.

Afghanistan produced a late charge to score 223 for nine, Samiullah Shenwari and Mohammad Nabi both scoring half-centuries.

However, they didn't have enough runs on the board and Sean Williams' quickfire 70 in 65 balls ensured Zimbabwe got home with time to spare.

Losing Usman Ghani (0), Asghar Stanikzai (8) and Hashmatullah Shaidi (15) early on set Afghanistan back before Noor Ali Zadran, Shenwari and Nabi helped them recover.

Noor Ali made a patient 43 in 107 balls before he was run out but Shenwari (65 in 85 balls) and Nabi (54 in 23) were able to attack once the platform had been set.

Shafiqullah also weighed in, carving 24 in 17 balls before wickets tumbled in the closing stages as Mirwais Ashraf (1) and Dawlat Zadran (0) were both run out.

Donald Tripano took two for 49 on his ODI debut while Tendai Chatara also grabbed a brace with Tinashe Panyangara and Prosper Utseya took one apiece.

Like Afghanistan, Zimbabwe started poorly, losing Vusi Sibanda to Shapoor Zadran for four and Hamilton Masakadza to Dawlat for 10.

Sikandar Raza played the anchoring role by making an unbeaten 42 in 61 balls, allowing Brendan Taylor (43), Williams and Elton Chigumbura (39 not out) to steer Zimbabwe to a convincing win.

Samiullah Shenwari trapped Taylor in front and Nabi caught and bowled Williams but by then, the damage had largely been done.

© Cricket World 2014

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