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Bowlers help Afghanistan draw series

Zimbabwe loses fourth ODI by 100 runs after being bowled out for 159

Bowlers help Afghanistan draw series - Cricket News
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the fourth ODI and drew the series 2-2.
Afghanistan’s bowlers came up with a superb effort, dismissing Zimbabwe for just 159 in 38 overs to secure a 100-run win at the Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday (July 24). The win ensured honours were even in the four-match series that finished 2-2.
 
Afghanistan’s team effort put to shade Donald Tiripano’s haul of 5 for 63 in 9.1 overs of right-arm medium pace, which kept the visiting side to 259 all out in 49.1 overs.
 
Afghanistan had lost the first two One-Day Internationals of the series, but came back in the third match on Wednesday, holding its nerve in a thriller to win by two wickets – its second ODI win against a Test-playing nation. It went one better in the final match, to register a comprehensive win.
 
Aftab Alam provided the opening breakthrough for Afghanistan, removing Regis Chakabva for 9, after which Zimbabwe's batting fell apart, going from 14 without loss to 29 for 6, having lost four batsmen with the score on 29.
 
Timycen Maruma and Richmond Mutumbani propped up the total with a 97-run stand for the seventh wicket off 116 balls. Maruma, whose 29 took 49 balls, played second fiddle to Mutumbani, who top-scored with 64 off 75 balls, striking eight boundaries.
 
Afghanistan’s bowlers hunted in a pack. Sharafuddin Ashraf, the left-arm spinner, was the pick of the lot, his nine overs fetching him 3 for 29. Alam and Dawlat Zadran chipped in with two wickets each, while Mohammad Nabi, the captain, and Mirwais Ashraf accounted for a wicket each.  
 
Earlier, some early strikes from Zimbabwe’s bowlers left Afghanistan at a  slightly wobbly 62 for 3 in 14.3 overs, but solid contributions from the middle order kept the score healthy. Nasir Jamal (39) and Samiullah Shenwari (40) came together for a 64-run stand for the fourth wicket, while Nabi (37) and Shafiqullah, the wicketkeeper, added another 72 runs for the sixth wicket. Shafiqullah top-scored for his team with 56 off just 43 balls, including three boundaries and two sixes.
 
Afghanistan’s eventual total was challenging, but it quickly transformed into a dauntingly impossible one when Zimbabwe lost its top order in the blink of an eye, with all of Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller falling without a run being added, as it slid from 29 for 2 in 10.2 overs to 29 for 6 in 12.1.
 
From that point, the match was headed only in Afghanistan’s direction.

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