The Zimbabweans who had earlier lost the opening match by 35 runs, did not allow any Afghanistan partnership to blossom. The Zimbabwean bowlers did well to restrict the Asians to only 99 for their second innings as only four of their batsmen reached double figures with leg spinner Natsai Mushangwe the pick of the crop with 4 for 20.
An unbeaten 47 from the inform Mark Vermuelen and Tino Mawoyo’s 38 was the toast for the day as Vermuelen ended his show with a boundary as Zimbabwe coasted to 112 for a massive win and level the Series.
The visitors had gone to 169 in their first innings with Zimbabwe replying with 157 before the brilliant display Sunday.
Zimbabwe will now shift focus to the one off Test against South Africa’s Proteas that begins on August 7 and the Three ODIs that will follow the Test. After that the two teams will be joined by Australia in a Triangular Series.
In what is a busy schedule for Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe and it’s a team will then tour Bangladesh in November.
Afghanistan, however, will reflect on their tour with happy memories. That they held Zimbabwe two a two-all draw in the ODIs and then force another draw in the four day matches will long be remembered by the minnows who were not expected to come out with anything from the tour.Post published in: Cricket