Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 4th ODI: Afghanistan trounce Zimbabwe to end series as a draw

Shafiqullah smashed three boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 56

Shafiqullah smashed three boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 56

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Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the fourth ODI in Bulawayo to end the series as a 2-2 draw.

Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shafiqullah was the star of the match as he scored a brilliant half-century.

However, Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Richard Mutumbami also deserves a lot of credit as his valiant half-century rescued his side when they were on the verge of being down and out at 29/6.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first after Afghanistan’s opening pair of Javed Ahmadi and Usman Ghani were dismissed early on by Donald Tiripano.

However, Gulbadin Naib managed to make 31 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shingi Masakadza.

At this point, Afghanistan started to gain the upper hand after Nasir Jamal and Samiullah Shenwari amassed a 64-run partnership before Jamal was run out by Malcolm Waller for 39.

Shenwari went on to score 40 runs before he was caught and bowled by Sean Williams.

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi and Shafiqullah kept the runs flowing with a 72-run partnership before Nabi was caught by Elton Chigumbura in the cover region off the bowling of Masakadza.

Mirwais Ashraf only made four runs before he was caught by Waller at long-off off the bowling of Tiripano.

Shafiqullah ended up making a career-best 56, which came off 43 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Taylor at third man off the bowling of Tiripano.

Dawlat Zadran made a quickfire 15 before he was caught by Williams at long-off off the bowling of Tinashe Panyangara.

Aftab Alam scored one run before he was caught by Taylor to give Tiripano his maiden ODI five-wicket haul.

Tiripano was easily the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Masakadza snapped up two and Panyangara and Williams chipped in with one wicket apiece as Afghanistan were bowled out for 259.

Tiripano dismissed Ahmadi, Ghani, Shafiqullah, Ashraf and Alam

Tiripano dismissed Ahmadi, Ghani, Shafiqullah, Ashraf and Alam

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Chasing 260 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Regis Chakabva was caught by Nabi off the bowling of Alam for nine runs.

Taylor failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Alam off the bowling of Nabi for just one run.

Things went from bad to worse for Zimbabwe when Williams was run out by Shafiqullah for one run.

Just as if things couldn’t get any worse, Zimbabwe lost Sikandar Raza, Chigumbura and Waller in quick succession.

Mutumbami and Timycen Maruma stemmed the bleeding with a 97-run partnership, during which Mutumbami registered his half-century, before Maruma was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharafuddin Ashraf.

Mutumbami went on to score 64 off 75 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ashraf.

Masakadza managed to make 15 runs before he was caught by Zadran at long-off off the bowling of Ashraf.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for a dismal 159 when Tiripano was clean bowled by Alam for one run.

Ashraf was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Alam and Zadran took two wickets apiece and Mirwais Ashraf and Nabi claimed one wicket each.

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