Afghanistan hit back to draw series

Bowlers guide tourists to a 100-run win in the fourth and final ODI against Zimbabwe and draw the series 2-2.

    Afghanistan had lost the opening two games of the series [AFP]
    Afghanistan had lost the opening two games of the series [AFP]

    Off-spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf took three wickets as Afghanistan skittled hosts Zimbabwe for 159 to win the fourth and final One-Day International by 100 runs and draw the series 2-2.

    Ashraf returned figures of three for 29 and along with seamer Dawlat Zadran (two for 39) was the pick of the bowlers as Afghanistan recorded their biggest ever 50-over victory by runs.

    Having been sent into bat, Afghanistan posted a par-score of 259 as they were bowled out in the final over, wicketkeeper Shafiqullah Shafiq top-scoring with 56.

    Seamer Donald Tiripano was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers as he recorded career-best figures of five for 63.

    Zimbabwe were in early trouble in their reply and never recovered from a position of 26 for six, despite a rally from debutant wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami, who struck 64 from 75 balls to play a lone hand for the hosts.

    Afghanistan lost the opening two games of the series, but rallied in the final two matches to end a hugely satisfying tour for the Asian side.

    Afghanistan 259 all out in 49.1 overs (Shafiqullah Shafiq 56; D. Tiripano 5-63) beat Zimbabwe 159 all out in 38 overs (R Mutumbami 64; Sharafuddin Ashraf 3-29) by 100 runs.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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