Elton Chigumbura was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers in the previous game © AFP
Elton Chigumbura was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers in the previous game © AFP (File Photo)

Afghanistan and Zimbabwe face off in the third game of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Saturday. The Afghans are currently on top, having beaten Zimbabwe by four wickets in the previous fixture at the same venue to gain a 2-0 series lead, and will aim to clinch the series in style in the upcoming match. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, will look to keep themselves alive in order to avoid their second successive series loss to Afghanistan in less than three months. Mohammad Shahzad, who had struck a valiant 131 not out in the previous game to setup the victory for the hosts, will be the main player to lookout for in the upcoming fixture for the Zimbabwean attack. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Following a devastating 49-run defeat in the first ODI, where Zimbabwe were bowled out for 82 while chasing a meagre 132-run target, the visitors put up a much better performance with the bat to finish on 253 for seven after 50 overs, with Peter Moor (50) and Craig Ervine hitting half-centuries. The Zimbabwean attack however, failed to get Shahzad’s wicket, though the hosts lost a few wickets during the later stages of the game. In the end, Shahzad ensured the hosts crossed the finish line safely. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Squads:

Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Asghar Stanikzai (c), Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mirwais Ashraf, Rokhan Barakzai, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Rahmat Shah, Sayed Shirzad, Usman Ghani, Nawaz Khan, Amir Hamza, Yamin Ahmadzai, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Rashid Khan, Noor Ali Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Zimbabwe: Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Taurai Muzarabani, Tendai Chisoro, Neville Madziva, Luke Jongwe, Peter Moor.