Afghanistan Cricket Team continued their fascinating run with a big win against Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI at Sharjah. In their last fixture of 2015, Afghanistan rode on an unbeaten century from Mohammad Shahzad to take home the match by 4 wickets. With this win, Afghanistan ends the year number 10 on the ICC ODI rankings, their first time ever to achieve this milestone.
Batting first, Zimbabwe managed a respectable total of 253 for 7 wickets. Opener Peter Moor scored 50, Craig Ervine scored 73 and Hamilton Masakadza contributed 47 to the total. Dawlat Zadran was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets as Mohammad Nabi and debutant Rokhan Barakzai picked two a piece.
In reply, Afghanistan started in fine fashion by reaching 169 for 2 in the 32nd over. But then they lost 4 wickets in quick succession as Elton Chigumbura struck thrice and last match’s bowling star Graeme Cremer picked up one. But opener and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad remained unbeaten to complete his century and got ample support from Mirwais Ashraf at number 8 to win the match in the 48th over.
Mohammad Shahzad completed his 4th ODI century in 110 balls and remained notout on 131 from 133 deliveries. This is his highest score in the ODIs and deservedly he won the Man of the Match Award. Apart form Chigumbura, none of the Zimbabwe bowlers looked likely to disturb the Afghan batting line up.