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Afghanistan set target of 260 against Zimbabwe in 4th ODI at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's Shingirai Masakadza (R) attempts to run Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari in the third ODI at Bulawayo © AFP
Zimbabwe’s Shingirai Masakadza (Right) attempts to run out Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari © AFP (File Picture)

Jul 24, 2014

Afghanistan set target of 260 against Zimbabwe in fourth One Day International (ODI) at Bulawayo. Zimbabwe won the toss and as expected they decided to bowl first in the fourth and final One-Day International (ODI) against Afghanistan. The series is poised at 2-1 with the host still leading. Zimbabwe won the first two matches, whereas in the third ODI Afghanistan upset the hosts by winning the match by two wickets.

After losing the opener Javed Ahmadi (7) cheaply, Afghanistan batted carefully. Most of their middle order batsmen got runs but no one played a big innings. For them Shafiqullah top scored with a quick-fire 56 and Samiullah Shenwari scored 40 and captain Mohammad Nabi played a handy inning of 37. For Zimbabwe youngstar Donald Tiripano took five for 63. He was well supported by Shingi Masakadza, who took two for 39. Afghanistan was all out for 259 in 49.1 overs.

Wicketkeeper batsman Richmond Mutumbami made his debut for Zimbabwe in One-Day cricket, in this final and important ODI of the series. Though he played four Test matches before.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 261 for 8 in 50 overs (Shafiqullah 56, Samiullah Shenwari 40, Mohammad Nabi 37; Donald Tiripano 5 for 63, Shingi Masakadza 2 for 39) vs Zimbabwe.

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