Masa’ Alkhayr! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series between hosts Afghanistan and visitors Zimbabwe at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday. I am Ayush Gupta and  I will be bringing you all the updates from the action. Afghanistan, who made an imrpessive comeback in the opening game with the ball to shatter the Zimbabwean batting, registered an emphatic win to go a game up in the series, and would look to remain in the driver’s seat with another win. However, Zimbabwe won’t be bacjking off easily and would look to bounce back with a win and level terms in the series. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Sharjah

Man of the Match: Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 254/6 in 47.4 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 131 (133), Mirwais Ashraf 26 (27)AFGHANISTAN WIN!!!! Yes, they have done it again as they strike back again this time and that too with the bat. Zimbabwe have once again failed to defend a below average total as the hosts go 2-0 up in the series.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 225/6 in 45 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 116 (125), Mirwais Ashraf 13 (19) — Both the batsmen have held on to the innings as they look to bat out and chase the target down. However, the Zimbabwean bowlers are charged up and they aim to get the rest of the Afghan batsmen out. Who would ultimately succeed?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 198/6 in 40 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 103 (114), Mirwais Ashraf 0 (0)GONE!!!! A couple of wickets out of nowhere and Afghanistan sense trouble as Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari have been dismissed for mere single and four, respectively. Meanwhile, Md. Shahzad brings up his ODI century, while Najibullah Zadran makes his way in, but falls for mere nine. Elton Chigumbura has put Afghanistan in a terrible situation. Can Zimbabwe turn the game around from here?

OUT! Asghar Stanikzai b Elton Chigumbura 1 (2), Samiullah Shenwari b Elton Chigumbura 4 (14), Najibullah Zadran c sub (Chamu Chibhabha) b Elton Chigumbura 9 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 180/3 in 35 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 98 (107), Asghar Stanikzai 1 (1)GONE!!!! Mohammad Nabi has been unfortunately run out for 33, as they lose their second wicket. However, is it too late for the Zimbabweans? Mawroz Mangal makes his way in, but he too falls early for mere eight off Graeme Cremer

OUT! Mohammad Nabi run out 33 (36), Nawroz Mangal c & b Graeme Cremer 8 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 160/1 in 30 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 88 (95), Mohammad Nabi 32 (33) — The same story continues for Afghanistan as the batsmen continue to bat with nothing to troble them at all, as the match slowly slips in favour of them.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 134/1 in 25 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 70 (81), Mohammad Nabi 20 (17) — No harm done following the fall of the opening wicket as both the batsman continue to bat with ease, especially Md. Shahzad, who llok settled with the bat and is aiming a big score.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 102/1 in 20 Overs; BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 55 (63), Mohammad Nabi 9 (5)GONE!!!! Noor Ali Zadran is the first Afghan man to go as he is dismissed by Sikandar raza after being caught by Craig Ervine for 31, as Mohammad Nabi makes his way in. Meanwhile, Md. Shahzad scores his half-century, while Afghanistn go past the 100-run mark.

OUT! Noor Ali Zadran c Craig Ervine b Sikandar Raza 31 (52)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 67/0 in 15 Overs; BATTING: Noor Ali Zadran 27 (43), Mohammad Shahzad 36 (47) — The same story continues for the Afghan batsmen as they keep batting and also the 50-run stand is brought up by the openers. Zimbabwe need a breakthorugh here before it’s too late.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 40/0 in 10 Overs; BATTING: Noor Ali Zadran 17 (29), Mohammad Shahzad 17 (25) — No harm done as of yet to the Afghan opening line-up as both the openers continue to bat comofrtab ly and are well on the mission to chase the total down.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 16/0 in 5 Overs; BATTING: Noor Ali Zadran 11 (22), Mohammad Shahzad 5 (8) — Slow start by the Afghans as they have to make sure they dobn’t suffer any setbacks earlyon in the chase as it’s pretty much a challenging total the Zimbabweans have set to chase it down.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 253/7 in 50 Overs; BATTING: Luke Jongwe 13 (9), Graeme Cremer 12 (6) — THAT’S IT!!!! Zimbabwe finish at a mere challenging total of 253 for the loss of seven, with four wicket beeing lost in the final five overs. However, it was Ervione’s 73 and Moors 50, that helped Zimbabwe mount the total. How can Afghanistan respond with the bat now? Read Zimbabwe’s innings report here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 209/3 in 45 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 71 (94), Elton Chigumbura 13 (14) 50 for Ervine as he plays a brilliant knock and a much needed boost for the Zimbabwe batting line-up that has been struggling for quite a few months now, while he is well on his way for the ton.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 172/3 in 40 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 48 (76), Elton Chigumbura 2 (2) GONE!!!! Masakadza goes, narrowly missing out on his half-century by just three runs as he is clean bowled by Mohammad Nabi, while Elton Chigumbura makes his way in.

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza b Mohammad Nabi 47 (64)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 159/2 in 35 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 43 (62), Hamilton Masakadza 43 (50) This pair just keeps going on as they help Zimbabwe cross the 150-run mark, while they batsmen mover near to their respective half-centuries, and also the 100-run stand.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 135/2 in 30 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 34 (45), Hamilton Masakadza 29 (37) Another good five overs for the Zimbabweans as they post more than 30 runs, with the btsmen putting up a 50-run stand for the second wicket. Clearly, Afghanistan are not having the day with the ball as they had during the opening ODI.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 108/2 in 25 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 21 (28), Hamilton Masakadza 15 (24) The 100 is up for the Zimbabweans at the cost of a couple of wickets in the form of the openers, while the present batsmen look to take the total to a challenging one without suffering further setbacks.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 88/2 in 20 Overs; BATTING: Craig Ervine 12 (12), Hamilton Masakadza 4 (10) — GONE!!!! A couple of wickets fall out of nowhere as the openers have finally been dismissed as both Moor and Mutumbani fall for 50 and 21, respectively, while Craig Ervine and Hamilton Masakadza are the new men in.

OUT! Peter Moor st Mohammad Shahzad b Mohammad Nabi 50 (51), Richmond Mutumbani c & b Rokhan Barakzai 21 (47)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 68/0 in 15 Overs; BATTING: Peter Moor 50 (50), Richmond Mutumbami 18 (40) — Zimbabwe keep going strong as the opening pair continues to bat steadily and slowly, while Peter Moor scores his maiden half-century in ODIs. Can the afghans dismiss this opening pair?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 57/0 in 10 Overs; BATTING: Peter Moor 44 (39), Richmond Mutumbami 13 (24) — Good start by the Zimbabweans as they put up the 50-run opening stand within the 10 overs of mandatory powerplay, while the Afghan bowlers have struggled so far to get an opening breaktthrough. How long can this opening pair go on?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 24/0 in 5 Overs; BATTING: Peter Moor 23 (21), Richmond Mutumbami 1 (9) — Slow start by the Zimbabweans as they llokt o settle down before going for the big shots and tend to avoid early setbacks, while the Afghans look to get an early breakthrough as soon as possible.


Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza, Rokhan Barakzai.

Zimbabwe: Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura (c), Wellington Masakadza, Taurai Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, Graeme Cremer.

TOSS: Zimbabwe (Bat)

Considering the fact that the match will be played at the same venue, it could well be another bowlers day out. Thus, going by the team composition, any changes are highly unlikely for Afghanistan. However, considering their poor show with the bat, not just the hosts, but both the teams are likely to make a couple of changes. Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Sharjah, Preview


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.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Sharjah