Afghanistan A – 105 all out in 47.1 overs: (Rahmat Shah 27; Tendai Chatara 5/31, Luke Jongwe 2/18, Michael Chinouya 2/38) Zimbabwe – 135 for 6 in 38 overs: (Luke Jongwe 50*, John Nyumbu 18*, Regis Chakabva 32; Yamin Ahmadzai 4/48, Fareed Ahmad 2/37)
End of Play on Day 1: Zim A lead by 30 with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
Zimbabwe A were 30 runs ahead in their first innings, at stumps on the first day of their unofficial Test match against Afghanistan A, at the Country Club in Harare on Sunday.
After winning the toss, Regis Chakabva sent Afghanistan A in to bat. Their batsmen failed to answer the questions posed by the Zimbabwe A bowlers, with only three of them – Rahmat Shah (27), Fazah Niazai (26) and Najeeb Tarakai (16) – getting into double figures.
The rest fell by the wayside as Tendai Chatara worked his way to five wickets for 31 runs in 16 overs, Luke Jongwe to two for 18 in 7.1 overs and Michael Chinouya two wickets for 38 runs in 15 overs. Lovemore Gumunyu-Manatsa claimed one wicket for 14 runs in nine overs.
Such was the work done by the Zimbabwe A bowlers that Afghanistan A were dismissed for 105 runs in 47.1 overs.
But Zimbabwe A were to find out just how much of a bowlers’ paradise the Country Club wicket was as Yamin Ahmadzai tore through their top order, removing Brian Chari for a duck and fellow opener Sikandar Raza Butt for nine then number three Mark Vermeulen for another duck.
Malcolm Waller also fell cheaply – out for one run after facing nine balls. Zimbabwe were four wickets down in the ninth over, with just 16 runs on the board, then 30 runs for five wickets in the 13th, after the dismissal of Richmond Mutumbami (9).
It was left to former Zimbabwe under-19 vice-captain Luke Jongwe to salvage the innings: first with Chakabva when they put up 45 runs for the sixth wicket before the captain was caught by his Afghanistan counterpart Mirwais Ashraf off the bowling of Fareed Ahmad. He went for 32.
Jongwe then found another ally in John Nyumbu (18*) and when the opening day’s play came to an end, the pair were on 60 – the highest partnership of the day.
Zimbabwe A will be hoping that Jongwe builds on his half century to extend their first innings lead on the second day on Monday.
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman, Mr Peter Farai Chingoka retired as the Board Chairman and as a Board member on his own accord at the ZC Board meeting of the 24th of July 2014.
In his parting remarks he indicated that his decision was based on the need to have a well defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming Chairman. He will therefore impart his knowledge based on experience both locally and on the international scene and at times undertake missions assigned by the Board upon request.
The Board immediately appointed Mr Wilson Tatenda Manase as Chairman who has been Vice Chairman for the past 4 years and Mrs Maureen Kuchocha, a Sports degree graduate and administrator as Vice Chairperson. This is in recognition of the steps taken in Women’s Cricket and the need for gender balance.
The Board also looked at the national coaching structures and decided to create the position of National Director of Coaching responsible for development of cricket from grassroots and grooming of coaches. Mr Andy Waller was appointed to the position with immediate effect up to the end of his current contract and subject to renewal.
The Board also appointed Stephen Mangongo as substantive National Team Head Coach with immediate effect and will be in charge of the forthcoming tours to Zimbabwe by South Africa and Australia which include a triangular series.
Other appointments made with immediate effect include a split captaincy as follows: Brendan Taylor as Captain of Test matches whilst Elton Chigumbura will be in charge of the shorter version (One Day Internationals & T20) of the game.
Zimbabwe – 261 for 8 in 50 overs: (Hamilton Masakadza 84, Brendan Taylor 53, Sean Williams 49; Aftab Alam 2/44, Dawlat Zadran 2/49) Afghanistan – 264 for 8 in 49.4 overs: (Javed Ahmadi 56, Usman Ghani 43, Mohammad Nabi 42, Samiullah Shenwari 41; Sean Williams 2/33, Natsai M’shangwe 2/50)
Afghanistan won by 2 wickets.
“It is a historical win for us because this is only the second time for Afghanistan to beat a Full Member country,” that is how Mirwais Ashraf described his side’s victory over Zimbabwe, in their third One-Day International (ODI) match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Set 262 to win, the tourists reached that with two wickets in hand and two balls to spare.
The “historic” day for Afghanistan began with them winning the toss for the first time. As Zimbabwe had done when they won the toss in the first two ODIs, the tourists opted to field.
Zimbabwe started off on a steady note with openers Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza Butt expected to carry on where they left off in the second ODI on Sunday when they made a record open partnership for Zimbabwe and the country’s highest ever for any wickets – 224 runs.
But it was not to be again this time as Raza, the star of the Zimbabwe batting so far in the tour with an unbeaten 42 in the first ODI and a personal best 141 in the second, was dismissed in the ninth over when he was caught by Nasir Jamal off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran, after making 11 runs.
Masakadza was joined by captain Brendan Taylor and as the two stayed on, it looked like another record – that for the second wicket partnership – was in the making but it was not be as Aftab Alam had Masakadza (84) caught by Nasir Jamal with the partnership on 109, way off Grant Flower and Gavin Rennie’s record of 150!
Masakadza’s 84 which came off 93 balls and included nine fours and two sixes, would be the highest knock for Zimbabwe. Taylor added 53, his 27th ODI half century, and Sean Williams 49.
The rest of the Zimbabwe batsmen were way off, leaving the hosts with 261 runs for eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The Afghanistan chase was led by Javed Ahmadi who made 56 runs before he was bowled by Sikandar Raza Butt for his only wicket of the match. Usman Ghani added 43, Samiullah Shenwari 41 and captain Mohammad Nabi 42 before he fell victim to a run-out.
For Zimbabwe, Williams claimed two wickets for 33 runs in 10 overs and Natsai M’shangwe two for 50 in 10. Waller took one. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan meet in the fourth and final ODI at the Queens Sports Club on Thursday.
The tour will then move to Harare, where Zimbabwe A will play Afghanistan in two four-day matches at the Country Club. The first match begins on the 27th of this month and the second on the 2nd of next month.
Following indifferent performances with the bat by Zimbabwe opener Vusimuzi Sibanda, the latest of which ended with him out for four runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) match against Afghanistan at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday, he was left out of the squad for the second ODI which was played yesterday.
Convener of selectors Givemore Makoni sat down with the player and told him that because of his performances, he would not be considered for any of the remaining matches of the series but could remain in Bulawayo and train with the squad. Sibanda then opted to go and work on his game in Harare. Makoni said that after the Afghanistan tour, Sibanda will join the squad for the forthcoming tours by South Africa and Australia so that the selectors can look at him again.
Richmond Mutumbami, who top-scored with 73 runs for Zimbabwe A in their second warm-up one-day match against Afghanistan, has been called into the squad to replace Sibanda.