Right, then! We are done with the formalities from this match. Afghanistan lead the 5-match series 2-0 and will play the next match to seal it right then and there. Zimbabwe must win anyhow to stay alive in the series. The 3rd match takes place on 21st February at 0930 local time (0730 GMT). Till then, take care!
Rashid Khan has been named the Man of the Match for his wonderful bowling performance. He finished with figures of 7.1-0-25-3.
Barring the initial assault laid on them by Solomon Mire, Afghanistan were right on the money with the ball. Almost all of their bowlers contributed with the wickets. Bowled tight lines, kept at it and eventually got the desired results. It was a collective, all-round performance which will please Asghar Stanikzai greatly. Earlier in the day, a couple of fifties from Shahzad and Shah, along with some solid hitting in the middle order from Nabi and Najibullah, saw Afghanistan post a total which proved to be too daunting for the home team.
So, that's it! Afghanistan win by 54 runs. A rather sad end to Zimbabwe's run chase, especially after the way they kicked things off. With 239 runs to chase, Solomon Mire got the hosts off to a blazing start. At a fast pace, he reached his fifty and then was quickly dismissed, but not before he set a good platform for his team. Then Craig Ervine and Ryan Burl took the reins, were playing sensibly, but the former just got out cheaply and from that point on, it was all downhill for them. Nobody managed to stick around as the opposition kept chipping at the wickets, and that proved to be their undoing.
Rashid Khan to Richard Ngarava
OUT c Amir Hamza b Rashid Khan. Zimbabwe have been bowled out.
Dawlat Zadran to Graeme Cremer
Dawlat Zadran to Richard Ngarava
Amir Hamza to Richard Ngarava
Amir Hamza to Graeme Cremer
The end is nigh for Zimbabwe here...
After 40 overs, Zimbabwe have fallen into the abyss as the reel on 175/9. They have lost 3 wickets in Musakanda being stumped, Chatara getting bowled and Mpofu being caught at mid off. Nabi, Hamza and and then Nabi again doing the damage. Afghanistan are just 1 wicket away from victory here., they can almost taste it. Zimbabwe need 64 runs to win in 60 balls.
Mohammad Nabi to Richard Ngarava