About the Match
The series is squared 2-2 and a final showdown is in store on Sunday. Can the hosts continue to build on this remarkable comeback or will Afghanistan finally recover from this sudden slump in form?
5th ODI preview
How things can change in the span of just a few matches! Zimbabwe has gone from looking like a club team to one that is dominating Afghanistan with ease. They would be pleased that their batting came good in the last match and bodes well for the future.
Solomon Mire is someone that the Zimbabwe cricket community has put a lot of faith in. They think he has the capability to be a Lance Klusner kind of all-rounder in all forms of the game. His innings of 46 in this tiny chase would have done his confidence a world of good, although his bowling is yet to fire in international cricket.
Peter Moor also batted very well in the opening partnership of 79 runs for Zimbabwe as they knocked off Afghanistan’s total with ease. With the likes of Williams, Ervine, Burl and Waller still to follow, the Zimbabwe batting is suddenly looking a lot more formidable now that some players have hit form.
Back Williams and Ervine to be the top scorers in the final
, a game which will be keenly contested by all accounts. The bowling is in excellent form and led by Chatara, Mpofu, and Cremer. All the bowlers continue to be very frugal with the runs while picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Chatara is our pick to be the highest wicket taker on Sunday.
The Afghans would be very disappointed with the way they batted in the last game, however, should not lose sight of the fact that they were within touching distance of a series victory not too long ago. They have enough talent to beat this Zimbabwe team, there is no doubt about that, but even the most ardent Afghan fans would be questioning their team’s temperament.
Bowled out for barely a hundred on a pitch that had no real demons, showing no intent to score runs at the top of the order, throwing away their wickets at crucial times and an inability to rotate the strike have characterized the Afghan batting effort over this series.
We think their most experienced players are likely to come to the fore in the final match. This means that Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Stanikzai are the ones that should lead the effort for the Afghans. We would advise backing Nabi to get a big score along with Samiullah Shenwari who looked in decent form before getting out against the run of play
It is difficult t fault a bowling lineup for not being able to defend 100 odd runs but a much-improved effort from the Afghans would be necessary in the finals. Rashid Khan and Gulabdin Naib are our picks bowlers that could take the most wickets in this match.
The final match will be a tightly fought affair with both teams desperate to register a series victory. We think that Zimbabwe is peaking at just the right time to be able to cap of the remarkable comeback with a series win.
Zimbabwe to win.