Brendan Taylor scored his first century since returning to international cricket in September last year to guide the Chevrons to a 154-run win over Afghanistan.
By SportBrief Reporter
Zimbabwe turned the tables on Afghanistan as they recorded a comprehensive 154-run victory over the Afghans in the second ODI of the five match series.
The Chevrons were in impeccable form as they put their opponents to the sword having been sent to bat first. Brendan Taylor, in particular, was impressive as he top scored with 125 runs to put Zimbabwe in a commanding position in their first innings.
Sikandar Raza, continued on his consistent performances with the bat once again, chipping in with 92 runs as the Chevrons recorded 333/5 in their allotted 50 overs.
When Afghanistan came to the crease, they were met with a relentless Zimbabwean bowling attack and never really got going as veteran spinner Graeme Cremer 4-41, and Brian Chatara combined to wreak havoc to the Afghans’ batting line up.
The defeat would have been a lot heavier if not for Dawlat Zadran, who, batting in at number 10, cut the margin down with an unbeaten 47 – the highest score of the innings –as the Afghans were bundled out for a measly 179 runs.
Astonishingly, the result was a direct reverse carbon copy of the first ODI, which was decided by the same margin, with the same totals. On that occasion, Afghanistan had piled on 333 for 5 before Zimbabwe crashed to 179 all out.
The Chevrons will now look to mount a come-back in the ODI series, having lost the T20 format 2-0.