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  • 9:14 PM IST

    After endless discussions with the umpires, groundsmen and captains, the game ended in the favour of Afghanistan with the last minute breakthrough by Rashid Khan helped Afghanistan take the lead by 12 runs in the first ODI. Had Burl and Ervine continued their partnership, the game would have gone in the favour of Zimbabwe.

  • 8:23 PM IST

    Now what we can see is the two captains walking on-field to check the situation. Umpires are already on the field to discuss what will happen next. As per the DL method, the game lies in Afghanistan’s favour. Intense discussion on here.

  • 8:14 PM IST

    So players are back on the field and the game has been reduced to 46 overs with 207 runs to win. So in that case, it is not a far off target for Zimbabwe as they need 108 to win off 18 overs. And just when they enters, they go back to pavillion. They are not happy with wet outfield and groundsmen are trying to soak up the field. Meanwhile, scores are likely to be revised again

  • 7:15 PM IST

    Finally, momentum broken by Rashid Khan the star for the day picking Burl for 28. Now enters Tarisai Musakanda. And just when he enters rains begin and players are running off the field. As per the DL method, Zimbabwe are a run ahead, if that is applied.

  • 7:01 PM IST

    Half way through the game and 4 runs per over is pretty similar to that of Afghanistan. Another 130 to win and Afghanistan trying various combinations to get wickets instantly. Will this be another close call match? Hamza, Nabi and Naib have got wickets so far. Dawlat and Rashid need to get wickets as well. Speaking of Rashid, this could be his day after his heroics in the death overs.

  • 6:45 PM IST
    20 overs done, slight push after the drinks break. Ervine and Burl have built 23-run stand so far. Another 142 run needed for Zimbabwe to win and 7 wickets for Afghanistan. Can Zimbabwe do the unthinkable moving at this pace and maintaining the wickets?
  • 6:25 PM IST

    Ryan Burl, the debutant enters at No. 5. A lot of expectation from the debutant as he is extremely strong with the bat. Can he bring the difference for Zimbabwe? Can he be the Rashid Khan of Zimbabwe?

  • 6:17 PM IST

    Another wicket down for Zimbabwe. They are indeed looking for early finish but the other way round. Sikandar Raza goes for 12 and Gulbadin Naib gets the wicket. Afghanistan had crossed 50-run mark by now. Zimbabwe are back to the struggling stage.

  • 6:02 PM IST

    Afghanistan bowlers are coming hard on Zimbabwe batsmen now. After those boundaries, Zimbabwe now being cautious with the fall of wickets. Runrate now come down to 2 runs per over. Zimbabwe need some magical innings to end this match before the estimated time maybe.

  • 5:48 PM IST
    To think about it, Zimbabwe have not received a poor start. Where Afghanistan were struggling at a run rate of 3 per over, Zimbabwe are at the same stage now. Though with Moor around it was 5 per over. Now it has come down to 3.90. Can Zimbabwe take the lead in their home conditions?
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Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are clashing at the Harare Sports Club in Harare © Getty Images

Good Afternoon! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan that will be held at Harare Sports Club in Harare on Thursday. Afghanistan have always held an upper hand over Zimbabwe since 2015, be it at Harare or UAE. Afghanistan have also sent Zimbabwe back home from the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 to earn a spot in Super 10 stage. Zimbabwe have played no 50-over cricket since November while Afghanistan have stayed away from the shorter-format since October. They, however, will ride on the success they garnered through winning the inaugural Desert T20 tournament. Live cricket scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI

Zimbabwe last played an ODI against West Indies and s, hosting them for the tri-nation series. Zimbabwe beat West Indies to reach the final, eventually losing the final to Sri Lanka. Afghanistan, who have the advantage in series against Zimbabwe, are also 4 points ahead of them in the ICC ODI team rankings at No. 10. Zimbabwe are just behind at No. 11. This time, however, the hosts will try to impose themselves from the outset. Crucial to their chances will be captain Graeme Cremer, Sikandar Raza and Craig Ervine, who are the only experienced trio amidst a new look squad.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, will count on their mainstays Mohammad Shahzad, captain Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali Zadran et al to fire with the bat while Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran Rashid Khan will be expected to display all-round show.

Zimbabwe will be itching to make use of the home conditions but Afghanistan will want to fancy their chances post two series win. This is expected to be yet another closely contested series.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Peter Moor (wk), Ryan Burl, Tarisai Musakanda, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Wellington Masakadza, Donaldo Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Christopher Mpofu, Nathan Waller, Craig Ervine, Solomon Mire, Carl Mumbai, Richard Ngarava.

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shaheedi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Kareem Janat, Dawlat Zadran, Farid Ahmad, Aftab Alam.