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Afghanistan unleashes Zimbabwe coup

Visitor keeps series alive with two-wicket win in third ODI

Afghanistan unleashes Zimbabwe coup - Cricket News
Javed Ahmadi top-scored with 56 as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by two wickets in the third ODI.
Afghanistan secured its second One-Day International victory against a Test-playing nation, beating Zimbabwe by two wickets in the third ODI in Bulawayo on Tuesday (July 22) to pull the four-match series back 1-2. 
 
A collective batting effort in an up-and-down chase set up Afghanistan’s victory as it reached 264 for 8 to overtake Zimbabwe’s 261 for 8 with two balls to spare. 
 
Afghanistan's chase was set up by Javed Ahmadi and Usman Ghani, the openers, who added 83 runs in 13.2 overs. Ahmadi brought up his half-century along the way, before being bowled by Sikandar Raza, while Ghani (43) was bagged by Sean Williams. 
 
Noor Ali Zadran, who came in at No. 3, departed without disturbing the scorers when he fell to Natsai M'shangwe. Samiullah Shenwari (41) and Mohammad Nabi (42) did well by getting a few middling scores to keep the rate where it should have been. 
 
With 46 needed from 24 balls, Nabi pulled Raza for two sixes off the first two balls of the 47th over before being run out. That brought Dawlat Zadran to the crease and he hit two more sixes to round off the over. 
 
Despite Sharafuddin Ashraf’s dismissal in the next over, Zadran helped himself to two more sixes as his unbeaten 24, with four sixes, came off only seven balls to seal the deal. 
 
Earlier, after being asked to bat, Zimbabwe’s total came on the back of half-centuries from Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor, the captain. After Raza’s early fall to  Zadran, Masakadza and Taylor consolidated with a 109-run second-wicket partnership. 
 
Masakadza’s stroke-filled innings came to an end when he edged a pull to be caught by Nasir Jamal, the debutant.
 
Williams (49) then added 35 runs with Taylor, before partnering Malcolm Waller for a 37-run stand for the fourth wicket. Williams missed out on a quickfire half-century when he was removed by Ashraf. 
 
Rollicking along at over five runs an over, Zimbabwe would have been tad disappointed with its score. Not only did it lose momentum towards the end, but also lost wickets in a clutch. 
 
Afghanistan, which lost the first two matches by six wickets and eight wickets, has a chance to draw the series at the same venue on Thursday.

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