Afghanistan rise to third in World Cup Super League after victory

By: AFP
Published: 09:16 PM, 4 Jun, 2022
Afghanistan rise to third in World Cup Super League after victory
Caption: Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine (C) plays a shot during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.
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Batsmen Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi starred as Afghanistan climbed to third in the Cricket World Cup Super League after a 60-run one-day international victory over Zimbabwe in Harare on Saturday.

Securing 10 points from the win at Harare Sports Club lifted the tourists above India and Australia in the standings and left them trailing only leaders Bangladesh and second-placed England.

The top eight finishers in the Super League gain direct qualification to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.

Put in to bat after losing the toss, Afghanistan posted 276-5 in 50 overs with Shah (94) and captain Shahidi (88) setting up the triumph after a shaky start that left the visitors 38-2.

Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers, taking 4-52, including the wickets of Shah and Shahidi, who had added 181 runs for the third wicket.

Zimbabwe were always behind the required run rate and were all out for 216 off the final ball of the innings with Sikandar Raza (67), debutant Innocent Kaia (39) and captain Craig Ervine (30) the best batsmen.

Nabi was the most impressive Afghan bowler, finishing with 4-34 and Rashid Khan (2-39) and Fazal Haq Farooqi (2-41) were the best of the rest.

The convincing victory gave Afghanistan a 16-10 lead in ODIs between the countries. Both teams are looking to recover from recent ODI series losses -- Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to Bangladesh. 

The six-match tour, originally scheduled for two years ago, finally began after two postponements, first because of the coronavirus pandemic and then due a shortage of broadcasting equipment.

There will be two more ODI matches on June 6 and 9 followed by three Twenty 20 internationals on June 11, 12 and 14 with Harare Sports Club hosting all six games. 

Zimbabwe v Afghanistan 1st ODI scoreboard

Scoreboard of the first one-day international between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at Harare Sports Club on Saturday:

Afghanistan

Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Ervine b Chivanga         17

Ibrahim Zadran c and b Muzarabani               5

Rahmat Shah c Chakabva b Muzarabani            94

Hashmatullah Shahidi c Tiripano b Muzarabani   88 

Mohammad Nabi c Shumba b Muzarabani            10

Najibullah Zadran not out                       3

Rashid Khan not out                            39

Extras (b5, lb1, nb1, w13)                     20

Total (5 wkts, 50 overs)                      276

Did not bat: Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad 

Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-38, 3-219, 4-232, 5-234

Bowling: Muzarabani 9-0-52-4; Chatara 10-2-61-0; Chivanga 7-0-41-1; Tiripano 5-0-26-0; Madhevere 6-0-22-0; Burl 6-0-24-0; Raza 7-0-44-0

Zimbabwe

I. Kaia lbw b Nabi                             39

R. Chakabva c N. Zadran b Farooqi               1

C. Ervine c and b Omarzai                      30

W. Madhevere c and b Nabi                      11

S. Raza lbw b Khan                             67

M. Shumba c Gurbaz b Nabi                       5

R. Burl c Nabi                                 13

D. Tiripano b Khan                             15

T. Chatara c Nabi b Farooqi                     8

B. Muzarabani b Ahmad                          10 

T. Chivanga not out                             0

Extras (b1, lb7, w9)                           17

Total (50 overs)                              216

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-66, 3-91, 4-104, 5-124, 6-164, 7-196, 8-203, 9-216, 10-216

Bowling: Farooqi 9-1-41-2; Ahmad 9-1-27-1, Omarzai 6-0-24-1; Ur Rahman 6-0-43-0, Khan 10-0-39-2; Nabi 10-0-34-4

Toss: Zimbabwe

Result: Afghanistan won by 60 runs

AFP

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