By Lawrence Trusida Sport Editor
AFGHANISTAN has won the three match One Day International Series against Zimbabwe after taking an unassailable two-nil lead with a thumping 8 wicket victory in the second match at Harare Sports Club this Monday.
The Chevrons once again connived to disappoint at home after being thoroughly outplayed by the visiting Afghanistan side.
The visitors have been doing well in limited overs cricket, but are not anyway near the giants of cricket and the series loss with a match to spare clearly shows how the Chevrons have fallen.
Chevrons batted first and put in a below par 228 runs and the visitors had no problem chasing the low score reaching the target with eight wickets in hand.
Ibrahim Zadran scored his first ODI century and shared the highest second-wicket stand against the Chevrons in Zimbabwe, of 195 runs with Rahmat Shah, to ensure a successful chase.
The victory takes Afghanistan to 90 points from 11 matches on the World Cup Super League table and if they sweep the series 3-nil on Thursday, it will leave them in second place on the points’ table and in a good position to secure automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
Zimbabwe are on the other end of the table in 12th place with only three wins from 14 matches.
While the 60-run gap between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan in the first match illustrated Zimbabwe’s struggles when chasing, the eight-wicket difference in the second laid bare their batting problems.
Half-centuries from Innocent Kaia and Ryan Burl built their innings, but they only had one partnership over 50 runs.
The last match of the series is all important for Zimbabwe as they aim to get more points on the Super league log.