Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor slams majestic ton to help visitors to 154-run victory

Brendan Taylor scored a majestic 125 as Zimbabwe thrashed Afghanistan by 154 runs in the second one-day international at Sharjah on Sunday to level the five-match series.

AFP, Feb 11, 2018 23:19:01 IST

SharjahUnited Arab Emirates: Brendan Taylor scored a majestic 125 as Zimbabwe thrashed Afghanistan by 154 runs in the second one-day international at Sharjah on Sunday to level the five-match series.

Wicketkeeper Taylor led the Africans to 333-5 from their 50 overs with his ninth ODI hundred, before Graeme Cremer took 4-41 with his leg-spin as Afghanistan slumped to 89-7 on their way to 179 all out.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor slams majestic ton to help visitors to 154-run victory

File image of Brendan Taylor. Screen grab from YouTube

Both teams are warming up for the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe next month.

Wicketkeeper Taylor put on 135 for the fourth wicket with Sikandar Raza before being bowled by Afghan star Rashid Khan.

The 19-year-old leg-spinner returned figures of 2-36 from his 10 overs, but the Afghanistan seamers took the brunt of Taylor and Raza's hitting, with Dawlat Zadran and Gulbadin Naib conceding 181 runs from 17 overs between them.

All-rounder Raza's 92 came from 74 balls with 13 boundaries including four sixes.

The Afghanistan chase never got going, with the dangerous Mohammad Shahzad dismissed for just 15 as they slipped to 39-5.

The in-form Mohammad Nabi added 53 with first-match centurion Rahmat Shah, but Zimbabwe captain Cremer took two wickets in two balls in his first over.

Dawlat Zadran put on 64 for the final wicket with 16-year-old Mujeeb Ur Rahman, hitting six towering maximums, but Zimbabwe wrapped up victory by the same margin as Afghanistan had won the opening game on Friday.

The two sides play three more ODIs in the UAE before meeting again in Group B of World Cup qualifying on March 6.

Scores in brief:

Zimbabwe 333-5 in 50 overs (Brendan Taylor 125, Sikandar Raza 92) v Afghanistan 179 all out in 30.1 overs (Graeme Cremer 4-41, Tendai Chatara 3-24)

Zimbabwe won by 154 runs

Series level at 1-1

Updated Date: Feb 11, 2018 23:19:01 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252