Commentry

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Asghar Stanikzai bags the Man of the Match award for his excellent knock. That's all from this game. Do join us on 19th February for the second ODI at 0930 local (0730 GMT). Until then, it's goodbye from all of us here. Cheers!

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The match was taking an interesting turn but then the heavens opened up and spoiled all the fun. The timing of the rain gods favoured Afghanistan today but it could have gone either way.

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Earlier in the match, a good bowling performance by Zimbabwe restricted Afghanistan to a low total. The chase didn't initiate well for the home team though. The Afghan bowlers didn't let them off the hook by bowling tidy lines and chipped early wickets. Craig Ervine, however, held one end tightly and his 55-run partnership with Burl kept the game in balance.

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Zimbabwe will be heartbroken with the outcome of this match. As mentioned before, they were ahead on the DL count at the end of the 27th over but the wicket of debutant Ryan Burl proved costly as it pushed Afghanistan ahead.

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It's all over. The rain stopped quite a while back but the damage it did to the outfield was severe. The umpires and the match referee had a look and decided to call it off. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 12 RUNS (DL METHOD)!

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Update 1427 GMT (1627 local) - The rain has stopped and the covers are off. The target has been revised to 207 in 46 overs. So, the required equation for Zimbabwe - 108 needed off 112 balls. We might get underway soon, if there are no concerns with the outfield.

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RAIN INTERRUPTION after 27.2 overs, Zimbabwe are 99/4! Oh dear, suddenly the heavens have opened up and the players have rushed back to the dressing room. It's unfortunate for Zimbabwe as prior to the start of the 28th over, they were ahead by one run on the DL count. But since they lost Ryan Burl on the first ball, Afghanistan have gone ahead. The home side will hope that the rain stops soon and the game resumes.

27.2
0

Rashid Khan to Tarisai Musakanda

No run.

27.1
W

Rashid Khan to Ryan Burl

OUT lbw b Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe have lost their fourth wicket.

26.6
1

Mohammad Nabi to Ryan Burl

1 run.

26.5
1

Mohammad Nabi to Craig Ervine

1 run.

26.4
1

Mohammad Nabi to Ryan Burl

1 run.

26.3
1

Mohammad Nabi to Craig Ervine

1 run.

26.2
1

Mohammad Nabi to Ryan Burl

1 run.

26.1
0

Mohammad Nabi to Ryan Burl

No run.

25.6
0

Hashmatullah Shahidi to Craig Ervine

No run.

25.5
1

Hashmatullah Shahidi to Ryan Burl

1 run.

25.4
4

Hashmatullah Shahidi to Ryan Burl

FOUR.

25.3
0

Hashmatullah Shahidi to Ryan Burl

No run.

25.2
2

Hashmatullah Shahidi to Ryan Burl

2 runs.

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