Rahmat Shah hit 94 within the 1st ODI between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.© AFP
Batters Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi starred as Afghanistan climbed to 3rd within the Cricket World Cup Super League after a 60-run one-day worldwide victory over Zimbabwe in Harare on Saturday. Securing 10 factors from the win at Harare Sports Club lifted the vacationers above India and Australia within the standings and left them trailing solely leaders Bangladesh and second-placed England. The high eight finishers within the Super League achieve direct qualification to the 2023 World Cup in India.
Put in to bat after shedding the toss, Afghanistan posted 276-5 in 50 overs with Shah (94) and captain Shahidi (88) establishing the triumph after a shaky begin that left the guests 38-2.
Blessing Muzarabani was the choose of the Zimbabwe bowlers, taking 4-52, together with the wickets of Shah and Shahidi, who had added 181 runs for the third wicket.
Zimbabwe have been at all times behind the required run price and have been all out for 216 off the ultimate ball of the innings with Sikandar Raza (67), debutant Innocent Kaia (39) and captain Craig Ervine (30) one of the best batsmen.
Nabi was probably the most spectacular Afghan bowler, ending with 4-34 and Rashid Khan (2-39) and Fazal Haq Farooqi (2-41) have been one of the best of the remaining.
The convincing victory gave Afghanistan a 16-10 lead in ODIs between the international locations. Both groups wish to get well from latest ODI sequence losses — Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to Bangladesh.
The six-match tour, initially scheduled for 2 years in the past, lastly started after two postponements, first due to the coronavirus pandemic after which due a scarcity of broadcasting gear.
There can be two extra ODI matches on June 6 and 9 adopted by three Twenty 20 internationals on June 11, 12 and 14 with Harare Sports Club internet hosting all six video games.
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