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Afghanistan comes from 2 games down to draw ODI series against Zimbabwe

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BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe - Afghanistan came from 2-0 down to draw the one-day international series with Zimbabwe 2-2 after a 100-run win in the final game on Thursday.

Afghanistan made 259 at Queens Sports Club and bowled Zimbabwe out for 159. The victory gave Afghanistan a share of the spoils in its first ODI series against a test-playing nation.

The visitors' score was based largely on contributions from the middle order, with wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah top-scoring with 56 from 43 balls from No. 7. Gulbadin Naib (31), Nasir Jamal (39), Samiullah Shenwari (40) and captain Mohammad Nabi (37) also chipped in.

Donald Tiripano took 5-63 for Zimbabwe.

The Afghanistan bowlers secured the series-levelling victory by bowling out Zimbabwe in 38 overs. Left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf led with 3-29 while Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam took two wickets each.

Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami made 64 on his ODI debut but there was little else from the home batsmen, who collapsed badly in the middle of their innings. Zimbabwe couldn't recover after slumping from 29-2 to 29-6, losing four wickets in 11 balls.

Mutumbami put on 97 for the seventh wicket with Timycen Maruma, but once that partnership was broken by Ashraf, Afghanistan hurried on to a memorable victory.

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Scores:

Afghanistan 259 in 49.1 overs (Shafiqullah 56, Samiullah Shenwari 40; Donald Tiripano 5-63) def. Zimbabwe 159 in 38 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 64; Sharafuddin Ashraf 3-29) by 100 runs.

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