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  • 9:01 PM IST

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  • 8:55 PM IST

  • 8:54 PM IST

  • 8:52 PM IST

    Nabi and Amir Hamza picked three wickets each, while Rashid Khan got two and Gulbaddin and Dawlan took one each.

  • 8:51 PM IST

    ZIM 54 all out in 13.5 overs: And the Afghan legend Mohammad Nabi ends it by scalping Ngarava’s wicket. Cremer remained unbeaten. No words to describe this meek surrender.

    Were they the same unit who defended 130 in the 3rd ODI and kept the series alive after a spirited comeback in the last two ties?

  • 8:48 PM IST

    ZIM 51/9 in 12.4 overs: Seems like all the Zimbabwean cricketers are have stomach ache. That is why all of them are leaving the field to quickly. This time Chris Mpofu departs after adding not much needed 3.

    The least over played by Zimbabwe in a completed ODI is 15.4 overs. Seems like difficult for them to play that far.
  • 8:45 PM IST

    50 UP! Achievement of the day for Zimbabwe. Somehow, they have managed to do it. Captain Graeme Cremer is holding the fort and trying his best.

  • 8:39 PM IST

    ZIM 38/8 in 10.1 overs: Oh God! I am truly running out of adjectives to describe this kind of harakiri. Tendai Chatara is clean bowled for duck off Rashid Khan’s bowling.

    Just for the information, Zimbabwe second lowest total in ODIs is 38.
  • 8:37 PM IST

    ZIM 38/7 in 9.5 overs: And the harakiri continues. After the departure of six Zimbabwean batsmen, Malcolm Waller too walked back and joins his team in the dugout after being dismissed lbw by Mohammad Nabi. Seems like they are not interested anymore in this ODI.

  • 8:35 PM IST

    Big relief for Zimbabwe after crossing their lowest total (35 vs Sri Lanka in April 2004) in ODIs. Amir Hamza has taken three wickets so far and may take 5-for as well.

  • 8:31 PM IST

    ZIM 30/6 in 8.1 overs: What just happened here? Mohammad Nabi has taken a screamer guys. I bet you cannot miss this, Plug into the streaming provided by us if we are missing the action. Tarisai Musakanda went for an uppish drive but was taken courtesy a stunner by Nabi at covers. There seems to be no planning in the Zimbabwe dugout for this chase. They are losing, or rather gifting, wickets to Afghanistan. Zimbabwe batsmen are shuffling and Afghanistani bowlers are watching them till the last moment to alter their lines. Turning into a one-sided game…Captain Cremer and Malcolm Waller battling it out for the hosts.

  • 8:23 PM IST

    ZIM 25/4 in 7 overs: Two big guns, in form of Craig Ervine and Sean Williams, are back in the hut in this chase. The required run rate has reached upto 9 per over. Afghanistan are certainly on top and have bowled well but Williams and Ervine will be gutted looking at their respective dismissals. Ervine went for a delivery asking to be hit whereas Williams premeditated a reverse sweep to give a catch to short third man.

  • 8:09 PM IST

    ZIM 11/2 in 4 overs: Things looking bleak for the Zimbabweans from the start itself. I do not think there is a plan for this chase. The openers batted as if the task was humongous. Mind you, it is still not a daunting chase but definitely a challenging one. Nonetheless, both Moor and Mire departed accelerating after being beaten in the initial balls. Afghanistan are pumped up with a good batting show and long break. They are bowling at the stumps and close to the pads. Can smell an easy win for Afghanistan if the going continues to be like this…

  • 7:59 PM IST

  • 7:50 PM IST

    ZIM 3/0 in 1 over: Zimbabwe have started the chase. Peter Moor gets off the mark. The openers have a litmus test ahead. Nonetheless, the good thing is they know from the start of the innings about the total. It is more than 7 per over. Solomon Mire, Moor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams will be the key players from their camp. Nabi and Rashid’s 5 overs (the maximum limit) will decide which way the match will head.

  • 7:43 PM IST

    The news is out there in the middle. We are getting to see some T20 style of cricket. The rain has done it’s part as we will see Zimbabwe chase down 161 off 22 overs.

  • 7:42 PM IST
    GOOD NEWS!!!!!

    We will get to see some action finally…. Players getting ready for the second innings. To start in 15 minutes.
  • 7:32 PM IST
    Super soppers being used in Harare Sports Club…The efforts are in full swing to get a game in this series decider but rain has again caused a long delay.

    Afghanistani players were seen warming up and the sun was also out there. Covers have come off but the outfields are wet to have a resumption of play. There is nothing much in hand rather than waiting….
  • 7:16 PM IST

    We may get some action soon. Sun has come out and covers being removed slowly.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    There is no rain for now. Nonetheless, the groundsmen will be cautious while removing the covers. The first game was abruptly stopped as a small amount of water spilled out of the covers while peeling them off. There is still a giant dark cloud looming over the ground with plenty of water on the covers as well. Seems like we are in for a long delay..

  • 5:30 PM IST

    “Heavy rain at Harare Sports Club.” The green sheets are on the ground. By the looks of it, it’s highly unlikely to get 50 overs in the second innings. Stay tuned for further updates..

  • 4:39 PM IST

    Afghanistan 253/9, 50 overs: Commendable efforts from the Afghanistani batters. They crumbled in the last two ties but now have posted a good score in the decider. They struck valuable partnerships for almost every wicket to get past the 250-run mark. Richard Ngarava struck with early blows but Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Nabi played fluent innings. There were starts from key players as well before Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran ended things on a positive note.

    Afghanistan have surely learnt the lessons today. They applied themselves in the middle, bought time despite no fifty-run stand and a single fifty from their No. 4, and played Zimbabwe’s in-form bowlers well. Chris Mpofu still got 3 scalps as Cremer and Williams shared a wicket each. Tendai Chatara was wicketless which shows Afghanistan’s improvement with the willow.
  • 4:21 PM IST

  • 4:11 PM IST

    Afghanistan 213/7, 45 overs: Mohammad Nabi holding forte for his side. Surely his presence will take them forward. The lower order has again pushed the visitors a bit but they have still crossed the 210-run mark easily. With 5 overs to go, they will first target playing the overs and get to over 250. This will put them in the driver’s seat.

  • 3:47 PM IST

  • 3:41 PM IST

    Afghanistan 170/5, 35 overs: Rahmat Shah on course of a fifty. Shenwari departs for 18. Mohammad Nabi join him in the middle as Afghanistan would surely be looking to up the ante in the death overs. Anything over 250 will please their camp. How much will they get, folks?

  • 3:27 PM IST

    Afghanistan 153/4, 35 overs: Rahmat Shah holding the edge here for Afghanistan. Shenwari is out there for company. Nonetheless, Afghanistan are on course for a big score here. They have batted well than in the past encounters. 250+ total will be tough for the hosts.

  • 3:02 PM IST

  • 3:02 PM IST

It has been a low-scoring series and the onus will again be on bowlers in the finale. Photo Courtesy: Zimbabwe Cricket
It has been a low-scoring series and the onus will again be on bowlers in the finale. Photo Courtesy: Zimbabwe Cricket

Good Afternoon! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the fifth ODI between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan that will be held at Harare Sports Club. The visitors had a golden opportunity of sealing the series in the third game but hosts’ spirited efforts have kept the series alive. Zimbabwe have a golden opportunity to register their first series win against the tourists on Sunday. Afghanistan have to buckle up as they have lost two back-to-back matches with their batters faring poorly. Overall, an enticing contest awaits as both sides will have to battle it out to gain supremacy over each other. Full Cricket Scorecard, Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Harare

Afghanistan may have got carried away.  They were, for some reasons, a bit complacent. But what followed in the fourth ODI showed that the third encounter was no fluke by Zimbabwe. They bundled out Afghanistan for another score in less than 150 in the fourth ODI. The visitors collapsed for 111, which was then easily chased by the hosts keeping 7 wickets intact. From 0-2, Zimbabwe have come a long way to level the series 2-2. Such is the nature of the 50-over format.

Momentum is the key. Once a team gets hold of this 8-letter word, it is hard to overcome them. Afghanistan had the momentum, but it has now shifted towards Zimbabwe in no time. With this, the series steps in to the decider with all to play for. Zimbabwe will be eager to maintain momentum, and Afghanistan will look to avenge the two defeats.


Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Fareed Ahmad, Ihsanullah Janat, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat, Aftab Alam

Zimbabwe: Peter Moor (wk), Solomon Mire, Tarisai Musakanda, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer (c), Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Chris Mpofu, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Wellington Masakadza, Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Hamilton Masakadza

A passionate sports person, Aditya Sahay lives, loves and thinks about cricket all the time. A part-timer number cruncher in making as well!