Afghanistan won the first ODI with Zimbabwe by 12 runs following D/L method in Harare. It was when Zimbabwe lost a wicket just two balls before downpours disrupted the match. By run rate, although Zimbabwe was ahead at the beginning of the 28th over, the single wicket loss disrupted the match. Rashid Khan emerged as the match winner taking down Ryan Burl’s wicket. This reduced Zimbabwe to 99 for 4 leading Afghanistan’s instance in the team. It was all well for Zimbabwe but, rain spoiled the day for the team, losing the match.
Winning the toss, Afghanistan took the wickets firsts. However, Zimbabwe presented a sheer pressure taking down its batsman in a short while. The team lost the opener without any partnership early in the second over. The second wicket partnership between Noor Ali Zadran and Rahmat Shah brought 67 runs. Zadran scored 39 and Shah scored 31 by 25 overs. After the stretch, captain Asghar Stanikzai plundered a half century to steer the inning towards a low, but decent target. Afghanistan took the score to 215 runs after skipper Stanikzai was removed in the 40th over. He hauled the score to 158 before being trapped by Sikandar Raza. The team lost all its batsman by the final over.
Zimbabwe's chase started slow as the team lost both its openers in just six overs. Solomon Mire and Peter Moor were dismissed in the space of five balls the score reaching 21 for 2. By 15th over, the team lost three wickets with the chase reaching 44. A good partnership between Burl and Craig Ervine set the team for a recovery. They added 55 to the tally until Burl was down in the 28th over. The match had only two balls after his wicket before torrents disrupted it. The current series will have four more ODIs in Zimbabwe. The last match will be at the same stadium on February 26.
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