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Mujeeb’s historic five-for dismantles Zimbabwe

Afghanistan have clinched another ODI series win over Zimbabwe as they take 3-1 lead in the five-match series after a dominant 10-wicket victory in the fourth ODI at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Mujeeb's historic five-for dismantles Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe elected to bat first at the toss. Zimbabwe didn’t have a good start at all as they lost both their openers Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza to Mujeeb Zadran early.

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Veteran Brendon Taylor didn’t stay too long at the crease. He departed scoring 29-ball 30 with a four and 2 sixes. Craig Ervine stood solid while rest were in a session of coming in and out.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 134 runs in 38 overs. Ervine was left unbeaten on 54 runs from 73 balls including 6 fours and a six. Mystery spinner Mujeeb Zadran took his maiden five-wicket haul, 5/50 in ten overs. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took two wickets each.

Mujeeb, 16 years and 325 days old, became the youngest ever to take a five-for in ODIs breaking 28-year old record of former Pakistani Waqar Younis, who took 6/26 against Sri Lanka at the age of 18 years and 164 days at Sharjah in 1990.

Mohammad Shahzad gave Afghanistan to a blistering start before the dinner break as he brought up his fifty before the interval. Afghanistan cruised to ten-wicket in 21.1 overs. This is the largest victory for them in terms of wickets and third-biggest in terms of balls remaining.

Shahzad scored 75 runs off 74 deliveries hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes. Ihsanullah also registered a half-century. He finished off with 51* off 53 with 6 fours and 2 sixes.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 134 allout in 38 overs (Ervine 54; Mujeeb 5/50, Nabi 2/18, Rashid 2/28)

Afghanistan 135/0 in 21.1 overs (Shahzad 75*, Ihsanullah 51*)

Afghanistan won by 10 wickets

Man of the Match: Mujeeb Zadran 5/50

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com 1 of 1

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