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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI at Sharjah, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 19, 2018, 10:48 PM IST

5th ODI, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah 19 February, 2018

Toss won by Afghanistan (decided to bat)

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 146 runs

Man of the Match: Sharafuddin Ashraf

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI at Sharjah, Highlights: As It Happened

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Preview: A minor blip in the second one-day international aside, Afghanistan have been clinical in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, their unassailable 3-1 scoreline a testament to that. In the nine ODIs in Sharjah involving these two sides, Afghanistan have the wood over Zimbabwe with six wins. They will be keen on making it seven the final game of the series on Monday (19 February). Zimbabwe have been better than the scores might suggest, but faltered woefully against Afghanistan’s spinners – for instance, in the third ODI, all ten Zimbabwe wickets were picked up by the spin-trio of Mujeeb Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe went down 2-0 in the two-match Twenty20 International series, and with the ODI series now lost as well, it is a case of fine-tuning and getting the combination right before they travel back home to host the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Despite three of their players featuring in the top five of the run-getters list for the series, Zimbabwe have crossed the 180-mark just once in four games, clearly indicating that the batsman have not performed cohesively. The middle order has been found wanting against the spinners on more occasions than one, while the visitors have also not been helped by the fact that Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza, the openers, have not been able to string a good partnership at the start. The bowlers, led by captain Graeme Cremer, have been impressive, but haven't always had the chance to showcase their skills with targets being less than ideal. The likes of Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Craig Ervine will once again be expected to steady the ship, even as hopes heighten for Masakadza to regain form before the World Cup Qualifiers. Afghanistan, meanwhile, have most bases covered. Their spinners have stood head and shoulders above the rest, consistently bamboozling the Zimbabwe batsman. While Rashid unsurprisingly heads the wickets column for the series with 13 grabs, Mujeeb, who in the last game became the youngest bowler in ODIs to pick a five-wicket haul eclipsing Waqar Younis's record, is not far behind with 11. Apart from the second ODI, when they were bowled out for 179 in a chase of 334, the Afghanistan batsmen have been impressive throughout. Rahmat Shah (223 runs) has been a vital cog in the batting line-up for the hosts while Mohammad Shahzad's unbeaten 75 in Afghanistan's ten-wicket win in the fourth ODI signalled a welcome return to form for the opener.

Commentary (Zimbabwe innings)

32.1 R Khan to B Muzarabani, OUT b Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe have been bowled out. 95/10

31.6 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

31.5 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

31.4 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

31.3 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

31.2 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

31.1 S Zadran to T Chisoro, No run. 95/9

30.6 R Khan to B Muzarabani, No run. 95/9

30.5 R Khan to B Muzarabani, No run. 95/9

30.4 R Khan to T Chatara, OUT c Rahmat Shah b Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe have lost their ninth wicket. 95/9

30.3 R Khan to T Chatara, No run. 95/8

30.2 R Khan to G Cremer, OUT lbw b Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe have lost their eighth wicket. 95/8

30.1 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 95/7

29.6 M Zadran to C Ervine, OUT b Mujeeb Zadran. Zimbabwe have lost their seventh wicket. 95/7

29.5 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 95/6

29.4 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 95/6

29.3 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 95/6

29.2 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 95/6

29.1 M Zadran to G Cremer, 1 run. 95/6

28.6 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 94/6

28.5 R Khan to G Cremer, 1 run. 94/6

28.4 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 93/6

28.3 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 93/6

28.2 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 93/6

28.1 R Khan to C Ervine, 1 run. 93/6

27.6 M Zadran to G Cremer, No run. 92/6

27.5 M Zadran to G Cremer, No run. 92/6

27.5 M Zadran to G Cremer, Wide. 92/6

27.4 M Zadran to G Cremer, No run. 91/6

27.3 M Zadran to G Cremer, No run. 91/6

27.2 M Zadran to G Cremer, No run. 91/6

27.1 M Zadran to C Ervine, 1 run. 91/6

26.6 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 90/6

26.5 R Khan to C Ervine, 1 run. 90/6

26.4 R Khan to C Ervine, FOUR. 89/6

26.3 R Khan to G Cremer, 1 run. 85/6

26.2 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 84/6

26.1 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 84/6

25.6 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 84/6

25.5 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 84/6

25.4 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 84/6

25.3 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 84/6

25.2 S Ashraf to G Cremer, 1 run. 84/6

25.1 S Ashraf to G Cremer, No run. 83/6

24.6 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 83/6

24.5 R Khan to G Cremer, 1 run. 83/6

24.4 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 82/6

24.3 R Khan to G Cremer, No run. 82/6

24.2 R Khan to C Ervine, 1 run. 82/6

24.1 R Khan to G Cremer, 1 run. 81/6

23.6 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 80/6

23.5 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 80/6

23.4 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 80/6

23.3 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 80/6

23.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 80/6

23.1 M Nabi to G Cremer, 1 run. 80/6

22.6 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 79/6

22.5 R Khan to G Cremer, 1 run. 79/6

22.4 R Khan to C Ervine, 1 run. 78/6

22.3 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 77/6

22.2 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 77/6

22.1 R Khan to C Ervine, No run. 77/6

21.6 M Nabi to S Mire, OUT c Nasir Jamal b Mohammad Nabi. Zimbabwe have lost their sixth wicket. 77/6

21.5 M Nabi to M Waller, OUT lbw b Mohammad Nabi. Zimbabwe have lost their fifth wicket. 77/5

21.4 M Nabi to C Ervine, Leg bye. 77/4

21.3 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 76/4

21.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 76/4

21.1 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 76/4

20.6 S Ashraf to M Waller, No run. 76/4

20.5 S Ashraf to M Waller, No run. 76/4

20.4 S Ashraf to S Raza, OUT b Sharafuddin Ashraf. Zimbabwe have lost their fourth wicket. 76/4

20.3 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 76/3

20.2 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 75/3

20.1 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 75/3

19.6 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 75/3

19.5 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 74/3

19.4 M Nabi to S Raza, 1 run. 74/3

19.3 M Nabi to S Raza, No run. 73/3

19.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 73/3

19.1 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 72/3

18.6 S Ashraf to S Raza, No run. 72/3

18.5 S Ashraf to B Taylor, OUT lbw b Sharafuddin Ashraf. Zimbabwe have lost their third wicket. 72/3

18.4 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 72/2

18.3 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 72/2

18.2 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 71/2

18.1 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 71/2

17.6 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 71/2

17.5 M Nabi to B Taylor, 1 run. 70/2

17.4 M Nabi to B Taylor, No run. 69/2

17.3 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 69/2

17.2 M Nabi to B Taylor, 1 run. 68/2

17.1 M Nabi to B Taylor, FOUR. 67/2

16.6 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 1 run. 63/2

16.5 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 62/2

16.4 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 61/2

16.3 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 1 run. 61/2

16.2 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 60/2

16.1 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 60/2

15.6 M Nabi to B Taylor, 1 run. 60/2

15.5 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 59/2

15.4 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 58/2

15.3 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 58/2

15.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, SIX. 52/2

15.1 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 52/2

14.6 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 52/2

14.5 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 52/2

14.4 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 52/2

14.3 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 51/2

14.2 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 1 run. 51/2

14.1 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 50/2

13.6 M Nabi to B Taylor, No run. 49/2

13.5 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 49/2

13.4 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 48/2

13.3 M Nabi to B Taylor, 1 run. 48/2

13.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 47/2

13.1 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 46/2

12.6 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 46/2

12.5 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 46/2

12.4 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 1 run. 45/2

12.3 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 4 Byes. 44/2

12.2 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 1 run. 40/2

12.1 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 39/2

11.6 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 39/2

11.5 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 38/2

11.4 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 38/2

11.3 M Nabi to B Taylor, 1 run. 38/2

11.2 M Nabi to C Ervine, 1 run. 37/2

11.1 M Nabi to C Ervine, No run. 36/2

10.6 M Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 36/2

10.5 M Zadran to C Ervine, 1 run. 36/2

10.4 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 35/2

10.3 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 35/2

10.2 M Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 35/2

10.1 M Zadran to B Taylor, 1 run. 35/2

9.6 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 34/2

9.5 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 34/2

9.4 S Ashraf to C Ervine, 2 runs. 34/2

9.3 S Ashraf to C Ervine, No run. 32/2

9.2 S Ashraf to B Taylor, 1 run. 32/2

9.1 S Ashraf to B Taylor, No run. 31/2

8.6 M Zadran to B Taylor, 1 run. 31/2

8.5 M Zadran to B Taylor, FOUR. 30/2

8.4 M Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 26/2

8.3 M Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 26/2

8.2 M Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 26/2

8.1 M Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 26/2

7.6 S Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 26/2

7.5 S Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 26/2

7.4 S Zadran to C Ervine, No run. 26/2

7.3 S Zadran to T Musakanda, OUT c Javed Ahmadi b Shapoor Zadran. Zimbabwe have lost their second wicket. 26/2

7.2 S Zadran to T Musakanda, 1 run. 26/1

7.1 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 26/1

6.6 M Zadran to B Taylor, FOUR. 26/1

6.5 M Zadran to T Musakanda, Leg bye. 22/1

6.4 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 21/1

6.3 M Zadran to B Taylor, 1 run. 21/1

6.2 M Zadran to T Musakanda, 1 run. 20/1

6.1 M Zadran to B Taylor, 1 run. 19/1

5.6 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 18/1

5.5 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 18/1

5.4 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 18/1

5.3 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 18/1

5.2 S Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 18/1

5.1 S Zadran to B Taylor, 1 run. 18/1

4.6 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

4.5 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

4.4 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

4.3 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

4.2 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

4.1 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 17/1

3.6 S Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 17/1

3.5 S Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 17/1

3.4 S Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 17/1

3.3 S Zadran to B Taylor, No run. 17/1

3.2 S Zadran to H Masakadza, OUT run out (Nasir Jamal). Zimbabwe have lost their first wicket. 17/1

3.1 S Zadran to H Masakadza, No run. 17/0

2.6 M Zadran to H Masakadza, 1 run. 17/0

2.5 M Zadran to T Musakanda, 1 run. 16/0

2.4 M Zadran to T Musakanda, 2 runs. 15/0

2.3 M Zadran to T Musakanda, FOUR. 13/0

2.2 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 9/0

2.1 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 9/0

1.6 S Zadran to H Masakadza, No run. 9/0

1.5 S Zadran to H Masakadza, FOUR. 9/0

1.4 S Zadran to T Musakanda, 1 run. 5/0

1.3 S Zadran to H Masakadza, 1 run. 4/0

1.2 S Zadran to H Masakadza, No run. 3/0

1.1 S Zadran to H Masakadza, No run. 3/0

0.6 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 3/0

0.5 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 3/0

0.4 M Zadran to T Musakanda, No run. 3/0

0.3 M Zadran to T Musakanda, 2 runs. 3/0

0.2 M Zadran to H Masakadza, 1 run. 1/0

0.1 M Zadran to H Masakadza, No run. 0/0

First Published: February 19, 2018, 3:46 PM IST

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