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Rashid Khan sliced through Zimbabwe’s batting line-up with three wickets, while opener Mohammad Shahzad clubbed a superb 64 to lead Afghanistan to a 54-run win in the second ODI in Harare.
Choosing to bat first, Afghanistan were given a solid platform to build from thanks to Shahzad’s knock of 64, which came off 87 balls and included six boundaries.
Once he was dismissed, Rahmat Shah took over and went on to make 53 off 66 deliveries, which included three boundaries.
Mohammad Nabi chipped in with 33 before Afghanistan began to collapse. However, a crucial 45 from Najibullah Zadran allowed the tourists to finish on 238/9 off their 50 overs.
Tendai Chatara was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Richard Ngarava and captain Graeme Cremer snapped up two wickets apiece. Chris Mpofu, meanwhile, claimed one.
Chasing 239 to win, Solomon Mire got Zimbabwe off to a brilliant start courtesy of his attacking strokeplay, but his aggressive nature got the better of him and he was eventually removed for 54 off 55 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Peter Moor and Hamilton Masakadza fell shortly after, but Craig Ervine and Ryan Burl steadied the ship with a 55-run stand.
Their efforts would go in vain though as once Ervine departed, Zimbabwe lost their last six wickets for 45 runs as they went from 139/4 to being skittled out for 184.
Rashid and Nabi inflicted the most damage with three wickets apiece, while Amir Hamza and Gulbadin Naib took two wickets each.
Rashid was named Man of the Match.