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  • 7:57 PM IST

    Afghanistan are losing their way at the end here. They are 9 down with 14 more runs to win.

  • 7:15 PM IST

    Zimbabwe are fighting back hard. 2 wickets in quick time and Afghanistan are 6 down suddenly with 34 runs still remaining.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    The last 5 overs have been good for Zimbabwe as they have conceded only 14 runs picking up the main wicket of Rahmat Shah. However, Nabi has completed his 50 as Afghanistan cruising towards victory.

  • 6:44 PM IST

    Afghanistan only 51 runs behind to register their first win in the tournament. The partnership now 89 in 15.2 overs.

  • 6:32 PM IST

    Rahmat Shah completes his half century in 63 balls. The partnership now 61. With the same pace and 7 wickets in hand the total seems very much chaseable for Afghanistan.

  • 6:19 PM IST

    This partnership between Nabi and Rahmat Shah is 45 now with Rahmat playing on 40. and Nabi on 23. Afghanistan still need 94 runs to win.

  • 5:52 PM IST

    The third wicket has fallen for Afghanistan. They still need 139 runs to win. Rahamat Shah and Mohammad Nabi are in the middle now. Can they win it for their team?

  • 5:30 PM IST

    Afghanistan 32/2 end of Powerplay. Zimbabwe have done well to restrict the run flow. Zimbabwe were 24/3 after the Powerplay but they had inform Taylor and Raza.

  • 4:59 PM IST

    Steady start for Afghanistan as they don’t need to hurry at all with 197 to win. Afghanistan 16/0 after 3.4 overs.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    Rashid Khan did what he does best. CLEANING UP THE TAIL. He had no wickets before the 43rd over and now he has 3. Zimbabwe 196 all-out. Taylor was the highest run scorer for Zimbabwe scoring 89 runs. He was supported by Raza who scored 60 runs.

  • 4:10 PM IST

    The runs have dried up for Zimbabwe since the dismissal of Raza. The last 5 overs have gone for 17 runs and 3 wickets.

  • 4:07 PM IST

    OUT! Mujeeb Zadran gets his third!

  • 3:31 PM IST

    FIFTY for Raza with 5 fours and 1 six. The partnership between the two is now 97 in 16.5 overs.

  • 3:19 PM IST

    The last 5 overs have gone run a ball with Raza and Taylor hitting boundaries at regular interval. Zimbabwe 148/4 after 32 overs.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    Taylor seemed to have cracked Mujeeb Zadran’s spin code. He has hit 31 runs off 17 balls bowled by Mujeeb. Mujeeb has conceded 3 fours and 2 sixes in his spell all hit by Taylor. Zimbabwe 136/4 after 29 overs

  • 2:57 PM IST

    50 partnership between Raza and Taylor in 8.5 overs. These two are very much settled in the middle now. Zimbabwe 117/4 after 26.1 overs.

  • 2:34 PM IST

    FIFTY! Taylor has got his 50 in just 43 balls with wickets tumbling at one end. Raza is counterattacking from one end with a four and a six in his score of 12 runs.

  • 2:26 PM IST

    FOUR! What a way to get off the mark when your team is four down. The 2 centurions from the last match are in the middle now. These are the 2 wickets Afghans should aim for at the moment.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    The run flowing from one end will allow Evrin to take his time to settle down. He has scored 6 off 18 balls.

  • 2:00 PM IST

    Taylor is playing a good hand here, he needs to be there till the end. The partnership is already 31 in 5.2 overs.

  • 1:48 PM IST

    In the last match Zimbabwe had scored 87 in the Powerplay, in today’s match they have made only 24 with the loss of 3 wickets. Mujeeb Ur Rehman who did not play the last match bowled a maiden 9th over in the match.

  • 1:41 PM IST

    The first boundary has been hit in the 8th over of the match. This shows how well the Afghan bowlers have bowled. Craig Ervine who was finding it difficult to score quick runs should use this situation to great effect. The important thing for Zimbabwe here is stitching partnership with Taylor at one end.

  • 1:37 PM IST

    Masakadza fails again as Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowls him out on 3. Zimbabwe in big trouble, they are 3 down already in the Powerplay.

  • 1:29 PM IST

    The opening pair in the last match had added 77 in 7.1 overs. Mujeeb and Zadran have got them out very cheaply in this match. Taylor would be an important wicket here for Afghans. He would be very confident with a century in the last match against Nepal.

  • 1:25 PM IST

    The Afghans have made a dream start picking up 2 early wickets that too of Mire and Zhuwao who got Zimbabwe to a flyer in their previous match.

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Afghanistan XI: R Shah, M Nabi, M Shahzad (wk), D Zadran, Ihsanullah, R Khan*, N Jamal, S Ashraf, M Ur Rahman, N Zadran, S Zadran

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Zimbabwe XI: C Zhuwao, S Mire, H Masakadza, B Taylor (wk), C Ervine, S Raza, M Waller, G Cremer (c), B Vitori, T Chatara, B Muzarabani

  • 12:41 PM IST

  • 12:40 PM IST

    Toss Update: Zimbabwe to bat against Afghanistan

Zimbabwe enter the second game of the tournament with a win © Getty Images
Zimbabwe enter the second game of the tournament with a win © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Match 7 of the tournament will see Afghanistan take on Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. Afghanistan were left stunned by Scotland on Sunday when Calum Macleod’s unbeaten 146-ball 157 threw Group B open on the opening day. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, had an easy win over Nepal. All Zimbabwe will hope on Tuesday is to capitalise early on the wounds of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Rashid Khan and co. will aim to recover from the stumble. They had seen off Zimbabwe 4-1 in the ODI series at Sharjah last month. 

However, Zimbabwe have pressures of their own. Apart from being the home side, they have struggled with their form in ODIs in the recent past. Despite that, they managed to put up their best batting show against Nepal on Sunday. Sikandar Raza’s all-round performance — 66-ball 123 and 3 for 48 — propelled them to the top of the table. As for the conditions, clear skies are expected in Bulawayo on Tuesday and this tie should go ahead without any interruption. It was on this wicket that Zimbabwe had scored 380 and thrashed Nepal. A similar run-fest can be expected on Tuesday.

Squads: 

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Cephas Zhuwao.

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran.