A Rashid Khan five-for blew Zimbabwe away as Afghanistan cruised to a six-wicket victory in the third ODI in Sharjah.The 19-year-old leg-spinner took 5/24 as Zimbabwe have been bowled out for simply 154 in 34.three overs earlier than the vacationers knocked off the runs for the lack of 4 wickets.
No.three Rahmat Shah – whose 114 led Afghanistan to victory in the primary ODI – top-scored in the chase with 56 from 52 balls, hitting 9 fours and a six, and Nasir Jamal hit 51 from No.four. With the majority of the work finished, each males fell earlier than the shut to depart Mohammad Nabi (18*) and Najibullah Zadran (eight*) to complete issues off, Zadran sending Ryan Burl for 4 over mid-off to move the goal in fashion.
While opening fast Tendai Chatara ended with the spectacular figures of two/18 from 5 overs after dismissing each openers cheaply – Mohammad Shahzad for 7 and Ihsanullah for 12), Zimbabwe had nowhere close to sufficient runs on the board to trigger actual issues.
Earlier, Rashid had entered the fray in the 19th over with the rating on 102/three, with Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza enacting one thing of a comeback for the guests, whose captain Graeme Cremer had opted to bat on the toss. Zimbabwe had misplaced Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor for 9 runs apiece after which Solomon Mire for an eventful 19-ball 22 that featured two sixes. That left them in bother at 44/three in the eighth over, earlier than Ervine and Raza steadied the ship.
The introduction of Rashid made the distinction; his first over went for simply a single, his second for 5 and, as right-arm seamer Gulbadin Naib saved issues tight on the different finish, the leggie’s third noticed him strike twice in two balls. Raza was clear bowled taking part in again to the googly, bringing to an finish his and Ervine’s 73-run partnership, and Burl was lbw first ball trying to brush a faster, flatter supply.
From then on it was all Rashid and Afghanistan. He eliminated top-scorer Ervine for a well-made 39 earlier than sweeping up the tail to finish with 5/24 from eight.three overs as Zimbabwe limped to 154, bowled out inside 35 overs. Off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran, who opened the bowling, was the choose of the remainder of the bowlers, the 16-year-old taking the wickets of Mire, Taylor and Malcolm Waller to finish with three/45 from his 10.
Coming on the again of Zimbabwe’s 154-run win in the second ODI, the victory places Afghanistan 2-1 up in the five-match collection. The fourth ODI takes place in Sharjah on Friday.
First Published: February 13, 2018, 11:43 PM IST