Afghanistan Survive Batting Scare To Complete ODI Sweep Of Zimbabwe

Afghanistan Survive Batting Scare To Complete ODI Sweep Of Zimbabwe

Afghanistan completed a 3-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in the one-day international series in Harare on Thursday, but some poor batting made it difficult to chase a modest target. Setting a target of just 136 to win, the tourists scored slowly after the last ball of the 20th over and struggled to lose wickets at 60-4. Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (38) and Muhammad Nabi (34 not out) then turned around with patience, adding a pair of runs which eventually won by four wickets with 74 balls to spare.

Batted by the tourists, Zimbabwe had only their own problems سکندر رضا (38) and Ryan Burrell (21) Making an impact, and they were all out for 135 in 44.5 overs.

After 60-run and eight-wicket victories at Harare Sports Club, Afghanistan overtook England to take second place in the World Cup Super League standings. They are 20 points behind Bangladesh after playing six matches less.

The top eight Super League finishers qualify for the 2023 World Cup in India, while the other five nations in the table must advance to the 10-team tournament, with only two secured places in the final.

Afghanistan has won 10 out of 12 matches in the Super League, while a top-tier team like South Africa is 11th after winning only 4 out of 13 matches.

Zimbabwe batted poorly and hit only eight fours between the team while only six came from the lower order batsmen. Milton Shamba.

Only Raza and Burl were able to make a meaningful contribution against the six-man Afghan attack, all of whom took at least one wicket.

Rashid Khan was the most successful Afghan bowler with three wickets while Nabi and Fazlullah Farooqi Caught every two.

Cheap outs of openers Rahmanullah Garbaz (7) and Ibrahim Zadran (8) Rahmat Shah (17) and Najibullah Zadran (9) dreamed of an astonishing victory for Zimbabwe.

But Shahidi and Nabi along with the captain hit five fours in 38 runs off 70 balls while Nabi scored 34 runs off 47 balls which included two fours and a six.


Blessed Shrine (2-18) and Tendai Chitara (2-32) shared Zimbabwe’s bowling honor with two wickets.

Afghanistan is now focusing on the Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe in Harare on June 11, 12 and 14.

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