Rehmat Shah scored 94 in the first ODI between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.AFP
batsmen Rahmat Shah And Hashmatullah Shahidi And all-rounder Muhammad Nabi Afghanistan finished third in the Cricket World Cup Super League after a 60-run victory over Zimbabwe in Harare on Saturday. A 10-point win over Harare Sports Club put the tourists ahead of India and Australia in the standings, leaving them behind only Bangladesh and second-ranked England. The top eight finishers in the Super League qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup in India.
After losing the toss and opting to bat, Afghanistan scored 276-5 in 50 overs with Shah (94) and captain Shahidi (88) to start the victory after a shaky start that gave the visitors a 38-. Left behind 2.
Blessed Shrine Zimbabwe bowlers scored 4-52, including the wickets of Shah and Shahidi, who added 181 runs for the third wicket.
Nabi was the most impressive Afghan bowler, winning 4-34 and Rashid Khan (2-39). Fazal Haq Farooqi (2-41) was the best of the rest.
A clear victory gave Afghanistan a 16-10 lead in the ODIs between the two countries. Both teams are trying to overcome the losses of the recent ODI series – from Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka and from Afghanistan to Bangladesh.
The six-match tour, originally scheduled for two years ago, finally began after two delays, first due to corona virus epidemics and then due to a lack of broadcast equipment.
There will be two more ODIs on June 6 and 9, followed by three Twenty20 Internationals on June 11, 12 and 14 where Harare Sports Club will host all six matches.
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