Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI: Raza and Masakadza demolish Afghanistan

Raza and Masakadza amassed an incredible 224-run partnership

Raza and Masakadza amassed an incredible 224-run partnership

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Zimbabwe’s opening duo of Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza scored 141 and 93 respectively to demolish Afghanistan by eight wickets in the second ODI in Bulawayo.

However, Afghanistan’s 17-year-old opener Usman Ghani deserves a lot of credit as well as he made a valiant century.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as Afghanistan opener Noor Ali Zadran was clean bowled by Tinashe Panyangara for 13.

Ghani and Rahmat Shah made up for the early loss of Zadran with a 61-run partnership, during which Ghani brought up his half-century, before Shah was cleaned up by Masakadza for 22.

Hashmatullah Shaidi only made 11 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Masakadza.

Samiullah Shenwari fared no better as he was caught by Masakadza off the bowling of Raza for just five runs.

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi managed to make 22 runs before he was caught by Shingi Masakadza off the bowling of Panyangara.

Wicketkeeper Shafiqullah mustered 16 runs before he was caught by Sean Williams off the bowling of Raza.

Ghani went on to score his maiden ODI century before he was caught by Timycen Maruma, who was the substitute fielder, off the bowling of Shingi Masakadza.

Ghani’s superb knock of 118 came off 143 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Ghani scored a valiant 118

Ghani scored a valiant 118

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Thanks to Ghani’s century, Afghanistan finished on 256/7 off their 50 overs.

Panyangara, Hamilton Masakadza and Raza picked up two wickets apiece, while Shingi Masakadza chipped in with one wicket.

Chasing 257 to win, Zimbabwe got off to the best possible start as their opening pair of Hamilton Masakadza and Raza amassed an unbelievable 224-run partnership, during which Raza brought up his maiden ODI century and Masakadza his half-century, before Masakadza was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharafuddin Ashraf.

Masakadza’s superb knock of 93 came off 113 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six.

Raza went on to score a career-best 141, which came off 133 balls and included 11 boundaries and seven sixes, before he was caught by Dawlat Zadran off the bowling of Shenwari.

Thanks to Masakadza and Raza, Zimbabwe reached their target with more than six overs to spare.

Ashraf and Shenwari claimed one wicket each.

Raza was named Man of the Match for his outstanding century.

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