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    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.

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.

Squads:

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

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