Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the third One-Day International (ODI) match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan on Tuesday. The match will be played at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. The five-match ODI series between the two teams, who occupy the bottom rung of the cricket teams that play at the international level, is tied up 1-1 after two ODIs. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have both proven that this series will be a closely-fought affair, with none among them being outright favourites. Both the teams have produced commanding performances in the series so far, and thus the third ODI becomes crucial as it may prove which team among Zimbabwe or Afghanistan is stronger. Catch live cricket scorecard of Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI at Bulawayo

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 229/4 in 49.4 overs | Won by 6 wickets | Richmond Mutumbami 74(92) Chamu Chibhabha 18(33) Craig Ervine 11(30) Sean Williams 39(59) Elton Chigumbura 50*(62) Sikandar Raza 28*(23) | Amir Hamza 10-0-47-3 Dawlat Zadran 9.4-0-51-0 Aftab Alam 9-0-44-0 Mohammad Nabi 9-0-30-0 Rashid Khan 10-0-45-0 Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-11-0 | Richmond Mutumbami is named Man of the Match for his 92-ball 74

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 229/4 in 49.4 overs | Won by 6 wickets | BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 50(62), Sikandar Raza 28(23) | Aftab continues. They start with three singles before Aftab sneaks a dot ball, beating Chigumbura’s agricultural slog, 6 from 8 now. Aftab bowls a wide. They need 3 off the final over. Dawlat bowls a dot, 3 off 5, what a yorker! Raza steals a single, 2 off 4. Chigumbura takes a single to reach 50, scores are level, that was a scorching yorker! RAZA FINISHES IT WITH A MASSIVE STRAIGHT SIX, IT’S ALL OVER!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 215/4 in 48 overs | Target 224 | BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 47(58), Sikandar Raza 17(16) | On comes Aftab Alam, and Chigumbura steps out and plays through cover-point for a single to bring up the 200. Raza sneaks a two, but Aftab keeps things sort of quiet, not letting Zimbabwe play that decisive stroke. He concedes 7. They need 18 from 18. Dawlat continues, and Raza smashes him four over extra-cover, that should seal it! Chigumbura takes two, now they’re racing towards victory, they need 9 from 12.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 199/4 in 46 overs | Target 224 | BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 42(54), Sikandar Raza 8(9) | Chigumbura and Raza decide to play safe, taking singles off all six balls of the 45th over, bowled by Amir Hamza, who finishes with 10-0-47-3. They need 30 from 30 now. Dawlat Zadran continues. Raza plays out a dot ball after 5 consecutive singles, which means they need 25 from 24.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 188/4 in 44 overs | Target 224 | BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 36(48), Sikandar Raza 3(3) | The Afghan bowlers had choked the Zimbabwe batsmen. With the asking rate mounting above 6, Williams tried to clear long-on but could only find the fielder. Twist in the tale? OUT! Sean Williams c Noor Ali Zadran b Amir Hamza 39 (59)!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: ZIMBABWE 146/3 in 36 overs | BATTING: Sean Williams 21(35), Elton Chigumbura 16(26) | Zimbabwe cantering at the moment, 74 required off 14 overs now. Amir Hamza is bowling well, but none of the other Afghan bowlers have managed to do very much. Dawlat Zadran has a few overs up his sleeve, what can he do?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 125/3 in 30 overs: BATTING: Sean Williams 12(20), Elton Chigumbura 5(9) | Afghanistan gets another wicket. This one makes a direct impact as Mutumbani was in the crease for a long time. Now it’s upto the two batsmen to keep the cool and play on. OUT! Richmond Mutumbami c Rashid Khan b Amir Hamza 74 (92)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 101/2 in 25 overs: BATTING: Richmond Mutumbami 67(80), Sean Williams 4(8) | Afghanistan gets their much needed breakthrough in the like of Ervine’s wicket. Mutumbani reaches his 50. The game is equally poised by both the sides. OUT! Craig Ervine b Amir Hamza 11 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 74/1 in 20 overs: BATTING: Richmond Mutumbami 47(65), Craig Ervine 10(28) | Zimbabwe still has full control over the game. Win for Afghanistan seems problematic. Wickets are needed urgently.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 62/1 in 15 overs: BATTING: Richmond Mutumbami 36(42), Craig Ervine 5(15). Rashid Khan trying to get Mutumbami outside off but Mutumbami leaving the right ones showing his skills. Afghanistan trying to attack which is a good sign.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 40/1 in 10 overs: BATTING: Richmond Mutumbami 23(28), Craig Ervine 0(1). An unusual way to get out as Chibhabha departs handling the ball. This can turn the match around as both the batsmen looked composed. Ervine will now need time to adjust. If the partnership continues, the chase has to be easy for Zimbabwe. OUT! Chamu Chibhabha handled the ball 18 (33)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ZIMBABWE 24/0 in 5 overs: BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 11 (21) , Richmond Mutumbami 13(15). Dawlat Zadran opens the bowling for Afghanistan. Zimbabwe look in no hurry. Only two fours till now unlike Afghanistan who had started with a blast.

Second innings starts. Zimbabwe comes out to bat.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 223/8 in 50 overs: BATTING: Daulat Zadran 23(14), Aftab Alam 0(0).  Some serious hammering from Shafiqullah and Daulat help Afghanistan go past 200 as well as add 23 more runs. 3 fours and 3 sixes from the last 5 overs. Afghanistan put up a defendable total of 223 against Zimbabwe setting the target for them to chase at 224. OUT! Shafiqullah c Chibhabha b Panyangara 35 (32), Rashid Khan c †Mutumbami b Williams 15 (27)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 176/6 in 45 overs: BATTING: Shafiqullah 11(19), Rashid Khan 14(25).  Some last minute power hitting by both the batsmen in form of boundaries. Rashid dropped once at extra cover, was a tough call. Also a missed stumping.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 149/6 in 40 overs: BATTING: Shafiqullah 2(9), Rashid Khan 0(5).  With a score well below the par score, the game seems slipping away from the Afghan side. Zim make a brilliant comeback with the bowlers. 200 seems very difficult at this stage. OUT! Samiullah Shenwari b Masakadza 14 (30), Mohammad Nabi run out 42 (54), Asghar Stanikzai c †Mutumbami b Jongwe 0 (3), Nawroz Mangal c Jongwe b Chisoro 0 (2), Noor Ali Zadran b Chisoro 56 (108)

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LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 123/1 in 30 overs: BATTING: Mohammad Nabi 34( 44) , Noor Ali Zadran 56(106). Another clean six over long on, this time from Noor Ali Zadran. Slowly and steadily he made his half cent. Mohammad Nabi has showed his class in the previous match and has to perform lie that in this match as well. Zimbabwe need to attack.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 96/1 in 25 overs: BATTING: Mohammad Nabi 22( 30) , Noor Ali Zadran 41(90). The acceleration of runs has stopped and runs are coming in singles or doubles. Just a single boundary in the last five overs from Nabi to Sean Williams

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 67/1 in 19 overs: Noor Ali Zadran 31(74), Mohammad Nabi 5(11). Huge appeal for lbw discarded for height. Good rotation of bowlers by Zimbabwe skipper. Danger man Shahzad departs. Afghanistan batsmen taking time to settle down. OUT! Mohammad Shahzad b Williams 30( 30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 47/0 in 12 overs: Finally some good news for the bowlers as boundaries are not coming as often. Both the batsmen are rotating the strike as well as keeping the scoreboard going with 1s or 2s. BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 30(28), Noor Ali Zadran 17(48).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 35/0 in 8 overs: Mohammad Shahzad 22(18), Noor Ali Zadran 11(31). Shahzad on fire. Coming down the crease, he sends Masakadza over the long on for a perfect sixer. It’s raining boundaries in Bulawayo.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AFGHANISTAN 25/0 in 4 overs: Mohammad Shahzad showing his class. Hit 3 boudaries in the three initial overs.

TOSS: Afghanistan have won the toss and they will be batting first against the hosts Zimbabwe.

Playing XI:

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (c), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Tino Mutombodzi, Luke Jongwe,  Tendai Chisoro,  Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara.

Afghanistan:  Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Nawroz Mangal, Shafiqullah, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam.

In the first ODI at Bulawayo, the hosts were at their commanding best as they handed out an eight-wicket thrashing to the team from Asian subcontinent. Afghanistan failed to put up an inspired show as it turned out to be a one-way traffic, with Zimbabwe sailing past their opponents’ paltry score of 122 in the first ODI with only two wickets down. Wellington Masakadza claimed four wickets while Luke Jongwe and Tendai Chisoro claimed three each. Chamu Chibhabha scored a fluent 58 to help his side register a big win.

Afghanistan bounced back really well after that thrashing as they managed to draw level with Zimbabwe at the same venue. Batting first, Afghanistan posted a strong total of 271 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs, and then bowled out Zimbabwe for 213 in 46.4 overs to register a 58-run win.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams.

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Aftab Alam, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran.

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