Afghanistan have lost the third ODI in their 5 match series against Zimbabwe yesterday in Bulawayo.

Asghar Stanikzai again won the toss and chose to bat first, and Afghanistan started well enough, with Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad putting on 51 for the first wicket before Shahzad was out for 30. Mohammad Nabi, centurion in the second ODI, came to the crease and the pair put on another 73 before Zadran was out for 56.

Two further wickets fell without any addition to the score of 124, and soon afterwards the visitors found themselves on 149-6. Shafiqullah scored 35 batting at 7 to give a little respectability to the Afghanistan total as they reached 223-8 from their 50 overs.

Openers Chamu Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbami put on 40 for the first wicket before Chibhabha caught the ball as it deflected towards his stumps. Shahzad appealed, and Chibhabha was just the third man out handled the ball in ODI history, the first since Daryl Cullinan in 1999.

Mutumbami went on to score 74 before he was out. The Afghan bowlers in general kept the run rate down, Amir Hamza taking 3-47, but they were unable to take the wickets they needed to take. They completed a six wicket win with two balls to spare., Sikander Raza hitting a six to win the game.

The sides will meet again on Thursday in the fourth ODI.

Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 20 October
Afghanistan 223-8 (50 overs, Noor Ali Zadran 56, Mohammad Nabi 42, Shafiqullah 35)
Zimbabwe 229-4 (49.4 overs, R Mutumbami 74, E Chigumbura 49*, S Williams 39)