Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 4th ODI: Mpofu’s three-for brings Zimbabwe level at 2-2

Mpofu finished with figures of 3-25 off 7.5 overs

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Zimbabwe pace bowler Chris Mpofu took three wickets to lead his side to a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fourth ODI in Harare.

As a result of their win, Zimbabwe brought themselves level at 2-2 in the series and now have a chance to complete an incredible come-from-behind series victory in the fifth and final ODI on Sunday.

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan were in trouble right from the get-go as they were reduced to 12/3 in the 10th over.

Just as they were beginning to rebuild their innings, they lost more wickets in quick succession and found themselves reeling at 89/7 before the heavens parted.

Shortly after the match resumed, Mohammad Nabi was dismissed by Solomon Mire for 17 and the rain subsequently returned.

As a result of the delay, the match was reduced to 42 overs per side, but Afghanistan could not see out all of their overs as they were bowled out for 111 in the 39th over.

Mpofu was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Tendai Chatara and captain Graeme Cremer snapped up two wickets apiece. Mire and Richard Ngarava, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 105 to win due to the Duckworth-Lewis method coming into effect, Zimbabwe got off to a brilliant start as Mire and Peter Moor amassed a 79-run partnership before Mire was removed by Nabi for 46.

Tarisai Musakanda and Craig Ervine fell shortly after, but Moor and Sean Williams mopped up the remaining runs to level the series at 2-2.

Moor finished on 36, while Williams remained undefeated on 16.

Nabi was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rashid Khan claimed one.

Mpofu was named Man of the Match.

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