Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe: Rashid Khan, Rahmat Shah shine in six-wicket victory for hosts

Zimbabwe won the toss and batted first, but collapsed from 117-3 to 154 all out as 19-year-old Rashid finished with figures of 5-24

AFP, February 13, 2018

Sharjah: Leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan took five wickets as Afghanistan cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international at Sharjah on Tuesday.

The Afghans now lead the series 2-1 with two matches remaining, as the teams warm up for the 2019 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next month.

Zimbabwe won the toss and batted first, but collapsed from 117-3 to 154 all out as 19-year-old Rashid finished with figures of 5-24.

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2017 shows Afghanistan's Rashid Khan celebrating the wicket of Ireland's Niall O'Brien during the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Afghanistan and Ireland at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in Sharjah. Many of the world's top cricketers, including Khan, will be sold to the highest bidder when the Indian Premier League holds its annual auction on January 27-28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT

File image of Rashid Khan. AFP

Rahmat Shah and Nasir Jamal both struck half-centuries in Afghanistan's reply as they wrapped up victory with 22.3 overs remaining.

Zimbabwe recovered from 44-3 with Sikandar Raza hitting 38 and Craig Ervine 39, but both fell LBW to Rashid as the teenager, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in last month's IPL auction, ran through the middle order.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 16, again impressed opening the bowling with his leg-breaks and claimed the key wicket of second-match centurion Brendan Taylor on his way to 3-45.

Big-hitting Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, continuing his return from a drugs ban, fell early, but Shah and Jamal combined to put on 69, before Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran finished the job with some lusty blows.

Afghanistan will look to win the series in the fourth ODI at Sharjah on Friday, with the sides set to meet again in Group B of World Cup qualifying on 6 March.

Qualification for the 10-team World Cup in England and Wales next year would continue Afghanistan's remarkable rise, with the war-torn nation to play their maiden Test match against India at Bangalore in June.

Scores in brief
Zimbabwe 154 all out in 34.3 overs (Rashid Khan 5-24, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-45) v Afghanistan 158-4 in 27.3 overs (Rahmat Shah 56, Nasir Jamal 51)

Afghanistan won by six wickets

Afghanistan lead series 2-1

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114