Zimbabwe’s bowling was superb in the 4th ODI against Afghanistan as they dismantled the Asian side at Harare Sports Club in the capital. Zimbabwe won the match by 7 wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method. With this win Zimbabwe have levelled the 5 match series with the final game being played on Sunday.
The Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanizkai won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping that maybe they would set a mammoth target for Zimbabwe to chase.
However that was not the case with the Zimbabwe seamers tearing the Afghan batsmen into shreds. Mohamed Shahzad, who often prove to be a thorn for the Zimbabwe bowlers was caught at silly point by Ryan Burl off a Richard Ngarava ball. Tendai Chatara bowled out Ihsanulla and Rahmat Shah was caught by Musakanda.
Wickets continued to tumble for Afghanistan with no batsman failing to make it past the 20 runs mark, their captain Stanikzai removed by Chris Mpofu.Ultimately Afghanistan were all out for a measly and below par 111 after 38.5 overs.
The match had been interrupted by rain when Afghanistan were still batting. The target for Zimbabwe was revised to 105 runs to be reached in 42 overs via the Duckworth Lewis method.
PJ Moor and Solomon Mire opened the batting for Zimbabwe and all rounder Mire was on fire as he reached 46 runs (he was caught out), his partnership with Moor amounting to 79 runs. Musakanda and Ervine failed to make an impact as they were easily removed.
The partnership of Sean Williams and PJ Moor resulted in the win for the Chevrons with their 23 run partnership (107 for 3). The out-of-this-planet bowling shown by the Zimbabwe side played the crucial part in this easy win. Captain Graeme Cremer was elated with the win saying that the team were hungry for the win.
The final game will be played on Sunday.
Zimbabwe will want to prove that they are still a Test playing nation with much force while Afghanistan will be out to prove that they too are capable of playing Test cricket.