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Jul 22, 2014
Afghanistan registered their first victory in the ongoing series against Zimababwe in the the third One-Day international (ODI) at Bulawayo.
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. Zimbabwe were looking to put up a decent score. Hamilton Masakadza played a brilliant knock of 84 runs from 93 balls with nine boundaries and 2 sixes to his name. He kept on rotating the strike until he gave away his wicket to Aftab Alam in the 30th over. He was all set for a big hundred but unfortunately he missed out on one. Brendan Taylor came up with a decent knock on a difficult pitch. Sean Williams missed out on a quick fire half-century as he was removed by Sharafuddin Ashraf. Zimbabwe kept losing wickets in regular intervals and could only manage to post a total of 261 for the loss of eight wickets.
Much was expected from Usman Ghani after he scored a brilliant century in the 2nd ODI. He scored 43 runs that came pretty quickly. Javed Ahmadi scored a half-century. Shamiullah Shenwari also chipped in 41 runs. With this Afghanistan now will have the chance to equal the four match series.
Zimbabwe 261 for 8 in 50 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 84, Brendan Taylor 53; Dawlat Zadran 2 for 49, Aftab Alam 2 for 44) lost to Afghanistan (Javed Ahmadi 56, Usman Ghani 43; Sean Williams 2 for 33, Natsai M’Shangwe 2 for 50) by 2 wickets.
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