Masa’ Alkhayr! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the fourth of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series between hosts Afghanistan and visitors Zimbabwe at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Monday. Afghanistan won the first two matches of the series but Zimbabwe came back strongly in the third ODI and won it convincingly by 117 runs. Hence, by current form Zimbabwe has an edge but by overall performance in the series and also by performance over a period of time, Afghanistan has the advantage. Zimbabwe bowled exceedingly well in the last match as they bowled out Afghanistan for a measly 58 after they themselves had folded for 175 batting first. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Live Score, 4th ODI match

Man of the Match: Chamu Chibhabha (Zimbabwe)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 161 in 45 Overs. BATTING: Dawlat Zadran 16 (23)ZIMBABWE WIN!!!! That’s it. Zimbabwe register another convincing win as they tame the Afghans by 65 runs and draw level terms in this series. They now move to the final decider in the fifth ODI at this very venue a couple of days later.

OUT! Mirwais Ashraf b Chamu Chibhabha 18 (27), Amir Hamza c Malcolm Waller b Luke Jongwe 3 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 136/8 in 40 Overs. BATTING: Mirwais Ashraf 9 (14), Dawlat Zadran 1 (6) — GONE!!!! Hashmatullah Shahidi has been dismissed for a helathy 31 by spinner Graeme Cremer as he is trapped leg-before, while Dawlat Zadran makes his way in. Still 91 requires from 60 deliveries. Can Afghanistan see it hrough?

OUT! Hashmatullah Shahidi lbw b Cremer 31 (67)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 120/7 in 35 Overs. BATTING: Hashmatullah Shahidi 23 (53), Mirwais Ashraf 9 (14) GONE!!!! Couple of more wickets in the form of Karim Sadiq and Shafiqullah have put serious questions on whether Afghanistan can pull this out. The new batsman, Mirwais Ashraf aims to do so along with Hashmatullah Shahidi. The 100 is up for the Afghans in the meanwhile.

OUT! Karim Sadiq c Tendai Chisoro b Chamu Chibhabha 5 (14), Shafiqullah c Richmond Mutumbami b Chamu Chibhabha 2 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 99/5 in 30 Overs. BATTING: Hashmatullah Shahidi 17 (44), Karim Sadiq 4 (10) GONE!!!! Mohammad Shahzad falls for 45, unable to score his half-century as he is trapped leg-before to Chamu Chibhabha, while Karim Sadiq makes his way in.

OUT! Mohammad Shahzad lbw b Chamu Chibhabha 45 (72)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 88/4 in 25 Overs. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 45 (68), Hashmatullah Shahidi 12 (28) No harm done following the loss of Mohammad Nabi’s wicket as both the batmen continue to bat strongly and make sure that they don’t suffer further setbaks in the pursuit of their chase.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 64/4 in 20 Overs. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 29 (54), Hashmatullah Shahidi 5 (12) GONE!!!! Another one goes down for the Afghans and it’s Mohammad Nabi this time, who goes for a cheap 11 after being bowled by Graeme Cremer, as Hashmatullah Shahidi makes his way in.

OUT! Mohammad Nabi b Graeme Cremer 11 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 52/3 in 15 Overs. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 22 (42), Mohammad Nabi 11 (13) GONE!!!! Rashid Khan is the next man to be dismissed as he falls for mere 10 to Luke Jongwe, while Mohammad Nabi makes his way in.

OUT! Rashid Khan c Hamilton Masakadza b Luke Jongwe 10 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 32/2 in 10 Overs. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 15 (29), Rashid Khan 9 (10) No harm done following the loss of early couple of wickets as bith the batsmen make sure that they chase down the total comfortably.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AFG 13/2 in 5 Overs. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 6 (9), Rashid Khan 0 (0) — GONE!!!! Afghanistan suffer the opening setback as they lose Noor Ali Zadran for mere four to Neville Madziva, while Asghar Stanikzai too makes his way out after being dismissed for a mere couple by the same man, while Rashid Khan is the new man in.

OUT! Noor Ali Zadran c Richmond Mutumbami b Neville Madziva 4 (6), Asghar Stanikzai c Chamu Chibhabha b Neville Madziva 2 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 226 in 49.1 Overs. BATTING: Neville Madziva 6 (7)BOWLED OUT!!!! Zimbabwe have been bundled for 226, thus allowing Afghanistan with the task of chasing down an average total of 227 in 50 overs. Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan claim three wicket each. Can Afghanistan make it 3-1?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 201/7 in 45 Overs. BATTING: Luke Jongwe 1 (1), Graeme Cremer 3 (3) — GONE!!!! Three more wickets have gone down in the form of Mutumbani, Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza, as they fall for 14, 13 and nine, respectively, while Luke Jongwe and Graeme Cremer make their way in and Zimbabwe bring up their 200.

OUT! Richmond Mutumbami c Shafiqullah b Amir Hamza 14 (20), Elton Chigumbura lbw b Rashid Khan 13 (13), Sikandar Raza b Dawlat Zadran 9 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 173/4 in 40 Overs. BATTING: Richmond Mutumbami 12 (16), Elton Chigumbura 2 (3) — GONE!!!! Another one in the form of Hamilton Masakadza falls for 26 to Amir Hamza as skipper Eltoin Chigumbura makes his way in. The Afghan bow;lers are pressing the breaks hard here.

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza c Mohammad Nabi b Amir Hamza 26 (40)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 150/3 in 35 Overs. BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 13 (20), Richmond Mutumbami 4 (9) — GONE!!!! Chamu Chibhabha is the next man to fall as he is gone after scoring his half-century as well for 53 off Rashid Khan, while Richmond Mutumbani makes his way in as Zimbabwe score 150.

OUT! Chamu Chiubhabha c Asghar Stanikzai b Rashid Khan 53 (92)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 131/2 in 30 Overs. BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 50 (87), Hamilton Masakadza 1 (4) — GONE!!!! The second wicket goes down, and it’s Malcolm Walller, who is dismissed for cheap 15 by Mirwais Ashraf as Hamilton Masakadza makes his way in. Can Afghans get back into the game from hereon? Meanwhile, Chibhabha scores his half-century. How long can his innings go?

OUT! Malcolm Waller c Hashmatullah Shahidi b Mirwais Ashraf 15 (18)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 108/1 in 25 Overs. BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 36 (74), Malcolm Waller 7 (5) — GONE!!!! Finally the breakthrough coming at almost half-way down through the innings as Peter Moor is diosmissed right after scoring his half-century by Rashid Khan, while Malcom Waller makes his way in.

OUT! Peter Moor c Dawlat Zadran b Rashid Khan 52 (72)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 82/0 in 20 Overs. BATTING: Peter Moor 44 (60), Chamu Chibhabha 29 (61) 20 overs gone, and the Afghan bowlers have still not succeeded in getting a breakthrough as the openers are well on course to get the 100-run opening stand.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 51/0 in 15 Overs. BATTING: Peter Moor 21 (47), Chamu Chibhabha 22 (43) The same story continues as Afghanistan have failed to get the opening breakthrough as of now as the Zimbabwean openers kepp batting on, giving the Afghan bowlers a hard time.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 29/0 in 10 Overs. BATTING: Peter Moor 12 (27), Chamu Chibhabha 14 (33) No harm done to the Zimbabwean innnings as of now as both the batsmen look to play comfortably and not lose any wickets or give the Afghan bvowlers any chance to settle down early on.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIM 14/0 in 5 Overs. BATTING: Peter Moor 5 (16), Chamu Chibhabha 6 (14) — Slow start by the Zimbabweans as they aim for a steady start to the innings, without losing early wickets and suffering setbacks, as they look to settle down early on prior to going for the bog shots.

Teams:

Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Amir Hamza, Rashid Khan.

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

TOSS: Zimbabwe (Bat)

This match is very important for both the teams. Zimbabwe will want to keep the winning momentum going while Afghanistan which suffered a drubbing in their last match would be taking inspiration from their good performance this year. They defeated Zimbabwe last year as well but their poor show in the last game proves that Zimbabwe cannot be taken lightly and can force a turnaround. Afghanistan will have to remain wary of pace bowler Luke Jongwe who took a five-wicket-haul in the previous match. Zimbabwe would also like Hamilton Masakadza to take his good batting form in this game as well. For Afghanistan, opening batsman Mohamammad Shahzad and fast bowler Mirwais Ashraf played well in the last match. Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 4th ODI at Sharjah, Preview

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.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Live Score, 4th ODI match