Zimbabwe Win Opening ODI
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.
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