Afghanistan thrash Zim to draw series

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Afghanistan achieved a historic win in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Thursday, winning by 100 runs to draw the series and record only their third ODI win against a Test-playing nation.

Afghanistan achieved a historic win in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Thursday, winning by 100 runs to draw the series and record only their third ODI win against a Test-playing nation.

Afghanistan had been two nil down in the series before coming back strongly in the third and fourth games, completely outplaying the troubled hosts and seeing them six down for just 29 runs in the final game.

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field first, and watched the visitors amass 259 runs, with Shafiqullah top-scoring with 56. Zim then responded disastrously, all out for 159 with 12 overs to go.

Afghanistan's innings wasn't a sparkling one by any means, as they lost two early wickets and then regular ones after that, but their middle order put together a string of good knocks to build a defendable score.

Shafiqullah was the driving force with the only half century, though Nasir Jamal's 39 and Samiullah Shenwari's 40 were impressive too. For the hosts, Donald Tiripano continued to impress, taking a five-fer in his debut series.

Zim's chase got off to a disastrous start and they were never able to recover, despite Richard Mutumbami's desperate 64 off 59 balls. They lost four wickets for no runs in the space of two overs early on, and were 29 for six.

That they managed to avoid utter embarrassment was down to Mutumbami and Timycen MAruma, who made 29 himself, but they were never up to the task after the collapse and were all out in the 38th over.

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