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Zimbabwe defended a score of 129 in the third ODI against Afghanistan in Harare to keep themselves alive in the five-match series.
As a result of their narrow three-run win, Zimbabwe etched their name in the record books as it was the lowest total they had defended in ODI history.
Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe found themselves in a right mess early on as they were reduced to 40/5 in the 16th over.
However, Tarisai Musakanda and Malcolm Waller came to the rescue with an 81-run partnership, during which Musakanda surpassed his fifty, before he was dismissed by Fareed Ahmed for 60, which came off 74 balls and included six boundaries and a six.
Zimbabwe’s collapse resumed after Musakanda’s departure as they went from 121/6 to being bowled out for 129. Waller finished unbeaten on 36.
Gulbadin Naib was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rashid Khan snapped up three, Fareed took two and Mohammad Nabi chipped in with one.
Chasing 130 to win, Afghanistan lost three wickets early on, but just as they were starting to recover, captain Asghar Stanikzai was caught behind off the bowling of Tendai Chatara for 31.
Naib chipped in with 16, but what happened after his dismissal was completely unexpected as Afghanistan lost their last five wickets for five runs.
The flurry of wickets proved extremely costly as they not only lost the game, but missed out on a golden opportunity to seal the series.
Chatara, Sean Williams and Chris Mpofu finished with three wickets apiece, while Richard Ngarava claimed one.
Chatara and Williams shared the Man of the Match award.