Graeme Cremer rattled Afghanistan's middle-order claiming 3 wickets © AFP
Graeme Cremer rattled Afghanistan’s middle-order claiming 3 wickets © AFP

Zimbabwe avenged their defeat from the first ODI by humiliating Afghanistan in the second. Asked to chase down 334, Tendai Chatara and Graeme Cremer walloped Afghanistan’s batting line-up for just 179. With this 154-run win, Zimbabwe now have levelled 5-ODI series, 1-1.

Afghanistan were off to a horrible start losing first four wickets for just 29. Mohammad Shehzad scored a swift 15, before falling to Brian Vittori. The likes of Ihsanullah Janat (2), Asghar Stanikzai (1) and Nasir Jamal (0) became victims of Tendai Chatara.

After adding 10 more runs to the total, Blessing Muzarabani got rid of Najibullah. Najibullah gave a simple catch to Craig Ervine at short extra cover for 3. Rahmat Shah held on end up but kept running out of partners before Mohammad Nabi came to the rescue. Nabi scored a sublime four to bring up his 2,000th ODI run; first from Afghanistan to reach his tally.

He along with Rahmat brought normalcy to the innings. Nabi made a swift 31 off 28 balls before Graeme Cremer cleaned him up. Cremer trapped Gulbadin Naib for a golden duck.

Cremer claimed his third in the form of Rashid Khan. Rahmat’s lone battle came to an end on 43. He was out to Blessing Muzarabani.

Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Zadran provided entertainment to the crowd smacking sixes at will. They helped Afghanistan cross the 150-run mark adding 52 runs in merely 22 balls.

Dawlat was nearing a blitz fifty, when Cremer cleaned Mujeeb 15. Dawlat remained unbeaten on 47, as Afghanistan slumped to a 154 defeat.

Batting first it was Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza who lifted Zimbabwe score to 333 for 5. Taylor scored his ninth ODI ton, while Raza missed his 4th by a whisker, getting out on 92.  For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan claimed 2 wickets for 36, where Nabi and Naib were taken to the cleaners.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 333 for 5 (Brendan Taylor 125, Sikandar Raza 92; Rashid Khan 2 for 32) beat Afghanistan 179 all out in 30.1 overs (Rahmat Shah 43, Mohammad Nabi 31; Graeme Cremer 4 for 41) by 154 runs.

Man of the Match: Brendan Taylor