Afg vs ZIM, Sharjah

Afghanistan won by 6 wkts

Afg - 158/4 (27.3 Ovs)
ZIM - 154 (34.3 Ovs)

Summary Scorecard

That's it from us today. See you for the fourth ODI.

Stanikzai, Afghanistan captain: Today we had a different plan, for me to come down the order. Last two games I hadn't performed well. In the first ten overs, Dawlat and Museeb bowled very well. After that Rashid bowled very well. Museeb is a young guy. Very good talent, has a lot of confidence. Rashid showed his ability today again. Credit to Rahmat and Nasir with the bat too.

Cremer, Zimbabwe captain: We were outplayed. Afghanistan bowled very well, obviously Rashid. Some soft wickets from us. We thought if those two (Ervine and Raza) could bat 20-30 overs, it would give us a nice platform. But it wasn't to be. Series definitely alive. Two days before the next game to go back and refresh. Can speak about a few different options we can use. Have to be tougher with the bat.

Rashid Khan, MoM: They were different, but I just wanted to bowl wicket to wicket. Just did the basics right. Doing nothing special in the nets. Bowling according to the wicket. Last game was a bad day for us. Plan was to do the basics right. Just wanted to improve our skills. Ervine was the favourite wicket.

19:40 Local Time, 15:40 GMT, 21:10 IST: Crushing win for Afghanistan, set up by their star spinner Rashid Khan, who derailed Zimbabwe with a five-for. Thereafter, they just had to ensure that the batsmen kept their minds. Fifties from Rahmat Shah and Nasir Jamal ensured that they did as they led Afghanistan's cruise to the target. Very abject performance from Zimbabwe as they descend back into misery after the highs of the previous win. Stay tuned for the presentations..

27.3 Ryan Burl to Najibullah, FOUR, drills it over mid-off to seal the win! Afghanistan take a 2-1 lead in the series

27.2 Ryan Burl to Najibullah, FOUR, drops it short outside off, allowing Najibullah to slap it through point for four. Just one away now

27.1 Ryan Burl to Najibullah, no run, defended back to the bowler

26.6 Cremer to Nabi, no run, tries to cut this time but the ball turns away and beats his bat

26.5 Cremer to Nabi, no run, punches it to short cover again

26.4 Cremer to Nabi, no run, punches this to short cover

Najibullah Zadran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

26.3 Cremer to Nasir Jamal, out Caught by (sub)Tendai Chisoro!! Wanted to finish it with a glory shot, but miscues it. The ball turned away from him and it caught the toe-end of the bat to lob straight to mid-on. Very good knock though. Nasir Jamal c (sub)Tendai Chisoro b Cremer 50(55) [4s-6]

Cremer to Nasir Jamal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

26.2 Cremer to Nasir Jamal, no run, chopped to point

26.1 Cremer to Nasir Jamal, FOUR, drifting in on leg, there's no one in the deep behind square so Jamal deliberately sweeps this over short fine leg. Collects four. Fifty for Jamal

25.6 Ryan Burl to Nabi, no run, sliced to backward point

25.5 Ryan Burl to Nabi, no run, solid on the front foot to defend

25.4 Ryan Burl to Nabi, no run, tucked to short mid-wicket

25.3 Ryan Burl to Nabi, FOUR, looks to punch this flat delivery off the back-foot, the ball takes the edge and runs away through the vacant slip region

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