Zimbabwe collapse to Rashid spin in Sharjah
Zimbabwe dialed back on their impressive win of two days ago as they put a largely out of sorts batting performance to lose by six wickets against Afghanistan in the third game of a five match one day international series against Afghanistan.
Zimbabwe won the toss and unlike the second ODI struggled to get going, their explosive openers failing to score in the first two overs.
Just as they looked as if they would do something Hamilton Masakadza was removed for 9 with Zimbabwe on 18.
Brendan Taylor came in again at number two. He failed to spark the innings and for 9 was gone to Mujeeb Zadran.
Solomon Mire had started putting the timber on the ball before he fell for 22 but he too fell two balls later.
Craig Ervine had been playing himself in and together with Sikandar Raza looked stead for their 73. Then the latter was the first of five victims for the prolific Rashid Khan. He was given out leg before for 38 although indications that the decision was incorrect.
Ryan Burl walked in to walked, trapped again by Rashid Khan without the bothering the scorers.
Malcolm Waller made a single run before he was trapped too and it was left to Brian Vitori to push the score past 150 before he became Rashid’s final victim when he was removed for 15.
Afghanistan went for the total at a rate early on with only paceman Tendai Chatara able to contain them and early on taking the wickets of Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah.
Rahmat Shah (56) and Nasir Jamal (51) were the batsmen who did the dent even though the latter fell to Graeme Cremer late on, the score was always too small.
158/4 was the final score but it was Rashid’s whirlwind 5/24, a man of the match performance that had set the victory up.
The fourth match of the series is on Friday.