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Rashid Khan’s five-for guides Afghanistan to win over Zimbabwe in third ODI 

Rashid Khan dismantled Zimbabwe as Afghanistan resumed command of the ODI series in Sharjah.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2018 00:05 IST
By Nicholas McGee
By Nicholas McGee
Omnisport, Sharjah
Rashid Khan,Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe,Afghanistan Cricket Team
Rashid Khan’s 5/24 guided Afghanistan to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Sharjah. (Twitter )

Rashid Khan produced a match-winning performance with the ball as Afghanistan took a 2-1 lead in the one-day series with Zimbabwe courtesy of a dominant a six-wicket victory on Tuesday.

Afghanistan won the Twenty20 series 2-0 and carried on where they left off in the opening ODI, only for Zimbabwe to level matters on Sunday.

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But 19-year-old Rashid furthered his burgeoning international reputation by taking 5-24, the third-best figures of his ODI career, as Zimbabwe slumped to 154 all out.

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Rashid removed top scorers Craig Ervine (39) and Sikandar Raza (38) before helping to knock off the Zimbabwe tail, giving Afghanistan a meagre total to chase.

And they managed it in just 27.3 overs, Rahmat Shah (56) and Nasir Jamal (51) doing the heavy lifting with half-centuries.

Afghanistan can clinch the ODI series with victory in fourth match on Friday.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 23:17 IST