Chamu Chibhabha bowled a dream spell as he claimed four for 25 © AFP (File Photo)
Chamu Chibhabha bowled a dream spell as he claimed four for 25 © AFP (File Photo)

Zimbabwe‘s fast-bowler Chamu Chibhabha bowled a dream spell as he claimed four for 25 and allowed his team to level terms and win by 65 runs against Afghanistan in the fourth of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Monday. Both the teams are bow locked in with a 2-2 scoreline as they move into the decider at 5th ODI in this same venue a coupel of days later. Mohammad Shahzad was the highest scorer for the Afghans with a score of 45. Earlier, Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat first as they scored an average total of 226 and were bundled, with openers Peter Moor and Chamu Chibhabha scoring twin half-centuries, while Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan claimed three wickets each. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Live Score, 4th ODI match

Afghanistan started the chase on a shaky note as they lost Noor Ali Zadran in the very first over for four to Neville Madziva, and was followed by skipper Asghar Stanikzai in the fifth over for a mere couple to the same man. Rashid Khan along with Mohammad Shahzad  put up 21 runs, before Rashid fell for mere 10 to Luke Jongwe in the 11th over at the score of 34, and was soon followed after 18 runs by Mohammad Nabi for mere 11 to Graeme Cremer. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 4th ODI at Sharjah

However, it was followed by a decent 36-run stand between Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi, before the opener was dismissed in the 26th over at the score of 88 for a healthy 45, missing out on his half-century by just five runs. Just as the 100 runs came up, it was Karim Sadiq, who fell for mere five to Chibhabha at the score of 106, and soon followed by Shafiqullah for a mere couple the very same over of 32nd.

Neverhteless, it was followed by another hard-fought 25-run stand between Shahidi and Mirwais Ashraf, before Shahidi fell in the 39th over for another decent score of 31 and was followed by Ashraf a couple of overs later in the 42nd over for 18, as Amir Hamza was the final man to be dismissed for mere three to Jongwe, and Zimbabwe comfortably won the match by 65 runs to draw level in this five-match series by 2-2. Chibhabha was adjudged the Man of the Match for his impressive bowling figures for four for 25.

Full Scorecard

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 226 in 49.1 Overs (Peter Moor 52, Chamu Chibhabha 53; Rashid Khan 3 for 43, Dawlat Zadran 3 for 54) vs Afghanistan 161 in 45 Overs (Mohammad Shahzad 45, Hashmatullah Shahidi 31; Chamu Chibhabha 4 for 25) by 65 runs.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)