Afghanistan have started their latest ODI series against Zimbabwe with a DLS win in a rain-shortened game in Harare today.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Afghanistan lost Mohammed Shahzad early on for just 8, but quickly steadied things with Noor Ali Zadran and Rahman Shah putting on 67 for the second wicket. That partnership ended when Shah was out for 31, and Zadran followed soon after for 39.
Captain Asghar Stanikzai top scored with 50 before he was dismissed by Sikandar Raza - who played in Afghanistan's domestic T20 competition last year - in the midst of an Afghan collapse from 156-3 to 169-7.
Rashid Khan clubbed 32 from 18 balls to help take the Afghan total to 215 before they lost their final wicket in their final over. Graeme Cremer was the pick of the home side's bowlers with 3-46.
The Zimbabwean run chase proceeded slowly but steadily, with the weather getting increasingly worse. Showers had already started when the 27th over ended with Craig Ervine and Ryan Burl having put on 55 for the fourth wicket.
At this point Zimbabwe were one run ahead on DLS, but that soon changed when Rashid Khan had Burl out lbw from the first ball of the 28th over, flipping the DLS such that Afghanistan were ahead. One dot ball later and the rain became heavy enough to send the players from the field with Zimbabwe on 99-4.
An attempt to restart was made, but in the end it was decided that conditions weren't conducive and play was abandoned with Afghanistan 12 runs ahead on DLS. The series will continue on Sunday.
Zimbabwe lost to Afghanistan by 12 runs (DLS)
Harare Sports Club, 16 February
Afghanistan 215 (49.2 overs, Asghar Stanikzai 50, Noor Ali Zadran 39, G Cremer 3-46)
Zimbabwe 99-4 (27.2 overs, C Ervine 38*)