Zimbabwe A are closing on on victory over Afghanistan at the end of day three of the first of two four-day matches in Harare.

Resuming overnight on 275-5, Afghanistan added two to their overnight score before Najibullah Zadran was bowled by Tendai Chatara for 99, just one short of a maiden first-class century. Fazal Niazai and Mirwais Ashraf put on 33 for the eighth wicket, but the rest of the tail didn't do much at all.

Afghanistan were bowled out for 321, Niazai ending the innings unbeaten on 42. This gave the home side a target of 262, with just over five sessions to get the runs in.

After losing both openers cheaply, the Zimbabwe A reply was built around a fine century from Mark Vermeulen. He shared in a stand of 84 for the fifth wicket with Richmond Mutumbami before going on to make 107 before he became Mirwais Ashraf's fourth wicket.

Soon after Vermeulen's dismissal, bad light brought an early close to the day's play, with Zimbabwe A on 208-6. They need 54 more runs to win the game, unless Afghanistan can take four wickets before then.

Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Stumps, Day Three
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 321 (92.5 overs, Najibullah Zadran 99, Najeeb Tarakai 51, Fazal Niazai 42*, M Chinouya 4-92)
Zimbabwe A 208-6 (68 overs, M Vermeulen 107, R Mutumbami 41, Mirwais Ashraf 4-28)