Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI: Mutumbami guides Zimbabwe to victory

Mutumbami hit four boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 74

Mutumbami hit four boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 74

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Zimbabwe opener Richmond Mutumbami scored a career-best 74 to lead his side to a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the third ODI in Bulawayo.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai would have been mulling over his decision to bat first as opener Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Nabi were the only two batsmen who had an impact.

Zadran scored 56 off 108 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Nabi made 42. With none of the other batsmen making valuable contributions, Afghanistan were restricted to 223/8 off their 50 overs.

Tendai Chisoro and Sean Williams picked up two wickets apiece, while Tinashe Panyangara, Luke Jongwe and Wellington Masakadza chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 224 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start before they started losing wickets at regular intervals.

Mutumbami put Zimbabwe back on top with his knock of 74 off 92 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

After Mutumbami was dismissed, Williams made a crucial 39 before skipper Elton Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza finished things off with an unbeaten 51-run partnership.

Chigumbura ended on 49 off 62 balls, which included two boundaries, while Raza remained undefeated on 29 off 23 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.

Amir Hamza was the only bowler to take any wickets for Afghanistan.

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