Amir Hamza Helps Afghanistan Stun Zimbabwe
Off-spinner Amir Hamza and Mohammad Nabi picked up 4/17 and 3/15 respectively, as Afghanistan registered an upset win over Zimbabwe in the first One-day International in Sharjah.
Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for a paltry 82 to win the first one-day international by 49 runs on Friday. (Read More in Cricket)
Afghanistan had been dismissed for just 131 with more than 10 overs to spare in the first game of the five-match series with opener Noor Ali Zadran top scoring with 63.
Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer claimed 5-20.
But Zimbabwe then lost their last seven wickets for just 35 runs to be bowled out in the 31st over.
Afghanistan off-spinner Amir Hamza was the pick of the bowlers with 4-17 having been handed the new ball.
"The captain told me 'to bowl wicket to wicket and if an opportunity is there, don't miss out'," man of the match Hamza told cricinfo.com.
"We have been here for a week, we have trained. We have a strong domestic structure which gets better day by day."
Only three Zimbabwe batsmen reached double figures with captain Elton Chigumbura top-scoring on 28.
Friday's win followed Afghanistan's 3-2 win in the ODI series in Zimbabwe in October. It was the first time that a non-Test playing team had beaten a Test nation in a ODI series.
"I thought we started well, at one stage we thought they would score 270," said Chigumbura.
"It's about how you play the spinners. If you play them well you are bound to win the game."
The second game of the series takes place at the same venue on Tuesday.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 131 all out in 38.5 overs (Noor Ali Zadran 63; Graeme Cremer 5-20) v Zimbabwe 82 all out in 30.5 overs (Amir Hamza 4-17)
|1||Virat Kohli India||935|
|2||Steven Smith Australia||919|
|3||Kane Williamson New Zealand||847|
|4||Joe Root England||835|
|5||David Warner Australia||812|
|1||James Anderson England||899|
|2||Kagiso Rabada South Africa||882|
|3||Vernon Philander South Africa||826|
|4||Ravindra Jadeja India||812|
|5||Trent Boult New Zealand||795|
|1||Virat Kohli||Virat Kohli||862|
|2||David Warner||David Warner||861|
|3||AB de Villiers||AB de Villiers||847|
|4||Joe Root||Joe Root||798|
|5||Kane Williamson||Kane Williamson||779|
|1||Josh Hazlewood||Josh Hazlewood||732|
|2||Imran Tahir||Imran Tahir||718|
|3||Mitchell Starc||Mitchell Starc||701|
|4||Kagiso Rabada||Kagiso Rabada||685|
|5||Sunil Narine||Sunil Narine||683|
|1||Aaron Finch Australia||891|
|2||Fakhar Zaman Pakistan||842|
|3||Lokesh Rahul India||812|
|4||Colin Munro New Zealand||801|
|5||Babar Azam Pakistan||765|
|1||Rashid Khan Afghanistan||793|
|2||Shadab Khan Pakistan||723|
|3||Ish Sodhi New Zealand||700|
|4||Yuzvendra Chahal India||685|
|5||Mitchell Santner New Zealand||665|
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