AFGHANISTAN A have won their three-match one-day series against Zimbabwe A after winning the second match to take a two-nil lead. As they did in the second one-day match at the same venue, the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground outside the India capital New Delhi on Saturday, Afghanistan A won the toss and chose to field. This time they restricted Zimbabwe A to 214 runs in 46 overs, then successfully chased it to win by the same margin as the first time, five wickets. They made 217-5 in 43.1 overs.
Sent in to bat, Zimbabwe A lost opener Brian Chari for 12 runs, number three Vusumuzi Sibanda for five and then the other opener, Regis Chakabva for 12, to leave them 26 runs for three wickets in 8,1 overs. Timycen Maruma and Tinotenda Mutombodzi then set about to rebuild the innings.
The former went for a 59-ball 48 runs, which included three fours and two sixes, while the captain top-scored with 67 runs off 90 balls, which included five fours and one six, before he was caught by Sharafuddin Ashraf off the bowling of Javed Ahmadi, who finished with three wickets for 41 runs in 10 overs. But it was Abdullah Adil who was the pick of the Afghanistan A bowlers.
He claimed four wickets for 25 runs in seven overs. The Afghanistan A chase was anchored by Jajeeb Tarakai with his player of the match award-winning 126 runs not out, which was crafted from 118 balls, 11 of them fours and five sixes.
Imran Janat chipped in with a 44-ball 43 runs before he fell to Tapiwa Mufudza, who also accounted for Afghanistan A’s third-best scorer Afsar Zazai (18), to finish with two wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs. Donald Tiripano, Mutombodzi and John Nyumbu claimed one wicket each. —Cricinfo.