Afghanistan have moved into a commanding position after the second day of their first four-day game against Zimbabwe A in Harare, with Najibullah Zadran closing in on a maiden first-class century.
Resuming on 135-6, Zimbabwe A added 11 to their score before Fareed Ahmad had Luke Jongwe caught by Najibullah Zadran for 58. John Nyumbu, the other batsman not out overnight, was removed by Ahmad just two balls later, and Zimbabwe A were 146-8 with two fresh batsmen at the crease.
Ahmad completed his five wicket haul two overs later when he bowled Tendai Chatara, and Yamin Ahmadzai took his fifth wicket in the next over, bowling Zimbabwe A out for 165, a lead of 60.
That lead was wiped out by Afghanistan's opening pairing of Karim Sadiq and Najeeb Tarakai. Almost outscoring Afghanistan's first innings on their own, the pair put on 93 before Sadiq was dismissed for 38.
Tarakai was caught by Luke Jongwe off his own bowling two balls later, but there was to be no batting collapse as Shabir Noori and Rahmat Shah put on 45 for the third wicket. Two wickets were lost with the score on 152, before Najibullah Zadran and Fazal Niazai batted out the day.
Zadran, who scored just nine in his one previous first-class innings, was in fine form, dominating the unbroken partnership of 123. After batting for 100 balls, he was not out on 98 at the close of play, with Afghanistan on 275-5, a lead of 215.
The game will resume tomorrow morning with Afghanistan no doubt hoping - once Zadran scores his century - to push their lead up towards 350 at least before declaring.
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan A, Stumps, Day Two
Country Club, Harare, 27-30 July
Afghanistan 105 (47.1 overs, T Chatara 5-31)
Zimbabwe A 165 (44.5 overs, L Jongwe 58, Fareed Ahmad 5-54, Yamin Ahmadzai 5-58)
Afghanistan 275-5 (80 overs, Najibullah Zadran 98*, Najeeb Tarakai 51, Karim Sadiq 38)