Zimbabwe (above) stay alive in the five-match ODI series against Afghanistan as the trail by 1-2 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Zimbabwe (above) stay alive in the five-match ODI series against Afghanistan as the trail by 1-2 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Zimbabwe came from behind as the bowlers put up a stellar show to ensure they registered a 117-run win over visitors Afghanistan in the third of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday. Luke Jongwe‘s five-wicket haul for six in just 5.1 overs was enoguh to do the damage. Earlier, Zimbabwe skier Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat first as they put up a below par total of 175, Hamilton Masakadza and Graeme Cremer smashing half-centuries and scoring 83 and 58, respectively while Mirwais Ashraf claimed three for 20. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Live Score, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Afghanistan started the chase on a shaky note as they lost opener Noor Ali Zadran for a duck in the fourth ball of the innings to Madziva, followed by Mohammad Nabi the very next delivery for a golden duck. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai was the next to follow in the fourth over for mere six to Tendai Chisoro. Opener Mohammad Shahzad, who was looking to give a fightback to the Zimbabwean bowlers, couldn’t last long enough as well, as he fell for a healthy 31 to Chisoro in the sixth over. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Following the dismissal of Shahzad, it was nothing more than a nightmare for the Afghan batsmen as they fell like a ile of cards after every single run, starting from Hashmatullah Shahidi at the score of 45, Mirwais Ashraf at 46, Shafiqullah at 47, Samiullah Shenwari at 49 and Rashid Khan at 50, while eight runs later, it was Amir Hamza, the final man, who fell for a mere single as Afghans lost the game by 117 runs, while Masakadza was awarded the Man of the Match.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 175 ( Hamilton Masakadza 83, Graeme Cremer 58; Mirwais Ashraf 3 for 20) beat Afghanistan 58 in 16.1 Ovres (Mohammad Shahzad 31 (22), Luke Jong we 5 for 6) by 117 runs.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)