In a warm up match for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Zimbabwe had a comfortable victory over qualifiers Afghanistan, chasing down 175 in steady if unspectacular fashion to win by four wickets with overs in hand. After losing their first wicket on the third ball, Zimbabwe consolidated and enjoyed several solid partnerships, Peter Moor top scoring with 45 and Andrew Lindsay compiling 37.
Earlier Zimbabwe’s opening bowlers had taken five wickets between them to inflict severe damage on the Afghanistan innings. After also losing a wicket in the first over Afghanistan were never able to lift their run rate above the sedate. Hashmat Shaidi’s 50 was the best score of the innings.
176-6 in 40.3 overs (Peter Moor 45, Andrew Lindsay 37, Dylon Higgins 30; Ayub Khan 2-28, Hamza Hotak 2-44)
Zimbabwe won by four wickets
175 in 44.2 overs (Hashmat Shaidi 50, Javed Ahmadi 30; Calum
Price 3-57, Tendai Chatara 2-25)