Zimbabwe fought back with a strong strike against Afghanistan in the second ODI. The five-match series is now leveled at 1-1 after the second fixture. Zimbabwe’s batsmen blitzed first striking 333 runs for five wickets, then bowlers mowed down the Afghan line-up with a lopsided attack. The team won by 154 runs slogging Afghanistan at 179 all out. It took only 30 overs for Zimbabwe to rapture through the batting line-up. The figures of the match are surprising similar to that of the previous fixture where Afghanistan won. In the first ODI, Afghanistan won exactly by 154 runs. In the first inning, they score 333 runs, while toppling Zimbabwe at exactly 179 runs.
In the second ODI, Zimbabwe’s inning had several high scores. Apart from the century knock from Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza thumped 92 runs to bolster the score. Also, in the top order, Hamilton Masakadza added 48 to provide the early momentum. For Taylor, the century is his first in almost six months. His previous knock was also against Afghanistan in the same venue, back in September 2017. The batsman partnered with opener Masakadza after Solomon Mire was removed in the third over. The former was run out before completing his half century, but the wicket emerged as of little reprieve for Afghanistan.
The next partnership stretch was between Taylor and Sikander Raza bringing 135 runs in 110 balls. It was after Craig Ervine returned in the 27th over. The partnership pulled up the score to 279 before Taylor left the crease after the 45th over. The player hammered 8 sixes and 5 fours. Raza played till the pre-ultimate over knocking 4 sixes and 9 fours. Meanwhile, Afghanistan bowlers put up wide and no balls one after another. There were 17 runs as extra in the inning.
In the chase, Zimbabwe bowlers overpowered similarly as their batsmen did in the first. Afghanistan wobbled completely since the first stretch of the match losing 5 wickets in 11 overs. The score was equally wretch as the chase fell to 5 wickets for 36 runs. At this point, even reaching 100 seemed as a challenge for Afghanistan. The collapse did not stop even after a brisk partnership between Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi. Shah completed batting until the 25th over, as the chase hanged at 115 runs for 9 wickets.
Batting as the last man standing, no. 10 batsman Dawlat Zadran scored 47 runs off 29 balls. The player delayed the win for Zimbabwe beating 6 sixes and 2 fours until the 10th players was clipped away. Graeme Cremer took 4 wickets, while Tendai Chatara had 3. Blessing Muzarabani took down two wickets. BV Vitori was the first to attack, taking down Mire as his only scalp.
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