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  • 7:57 PM IST

    Afghanistan are losing their way at the end here. They are 9 down with 14 more runs to win.

  • 7:15 PM IST

    Zimbabwe are fighting back hard. 2 wickets in quick time and Afghanistan are 6 down suddenly with 34 runs still remaining.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    The last 5 overs have been good for Zimbabwe as they have conceded only 14 runs picking up the main wicket of Rahmat Shah. However, Nabi has completed his 50 as Afghanistan cruising towards victory.

  • 6:44 PM IST

    Afghanistan only 51 runs behind to register their first win in the tournament. The partnership now 89 in 15.2 overs.

  • 6:32 PM IST

    Rahmat Shah completes his half century in 63 balls. The partnership now 61. With the same pace and 7 wickets in hand the total seems very much chaseable for Afghanistan.

  • 6:19 PM IST

    This partnership between Nabi and Rahmat Shah is 45 now with Rahmat playing on 40. and Nabi on 23. Afghanistan still need 94 runs to win.

  • 5:52 PM IST

    The third wicket has fallen for Afghanistan. They still need 139 runs to win. Rahamat Shah and Mohammad Nabi are in the middle now. Can they win it for their team?

  • 5:30 PM IST

    Afghanistan 32/2 end of Powerplay. Zimbabwe have done well to restrict the run flow. Zimbabwe were 24/3 after the Powerplay but they had inform Taylor and Raza.

  • 4:59 PM IST

    Steady start for Afghanistan as they don’t need to hurry at all with 197 to win. Afghanistan 16/0 after 3.4 overs.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    Rashid Khan did what he does best. CLEANING UP THE TAIL. He had no wickets before the 43rd over and now he has 3. Zimbabwe 196 all-out. Taylor was the highest run scorer for Zimbabwe scoring 89 runs. He was supported by Raza who scored 60 runs.

Zimbabwe enter the second game of the tournament with a win © Getty Images
Zimbabwe enter the second game of the tournament with a win © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Match 7 of the tournament will see Afghanistan take on Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. Afghanistan were left stunned by Scotland on Sunday when Calum Macleod’s unbeaten 146-ball 157 threw Group B open on the opening day. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, had an easy win over Nepal. All Zimbabwe will hope on Tuesday is to capitalise early on the wounds of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Rashid Khan and co. will aim to recover from the stumble. They had seen off Zimbabwe 4-1 in the ODI series at Sharjah last month. 

However, Zimbabwe have pressures of their own. Apart from being the home side, they have struggled with their form in ODIs in the recent past. Despite that, they managed to put up their best batting show against Nepal on Sunday. Sikandar Raza’s all-round performance — 66-ball 123 and 3 for 48 — propelled them to the top of the table. As for the conditions, clear skies are expected in Bulawayo on Tuesday and this tie should go ahead without any interruption. It was on this wicket that Zimbabwe had scored 380 and thrashed Nepal. A similar run-fest can be expected on Tuesday.


Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Cephas Zhuwao.

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran.