Cricket: Afghanistan celebrate historic series triumph in Zimbabwe

Afghanistan's captain Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai poses with the series trophy after Afghanistan won the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) cricket match against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club, in Bulawyo on Oct 24, 2015.
Afghanistan's captain Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai poses with the series trophy after Afghanistan won the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) cricket match against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club, in Bulawyo on Oct 24, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) - Afghanistan made history on Saturday (Oct 24) when they became the first Associate nation to defeat a Test-playing country in a one-day series with a comprehensive 73-run win over Zimbabwe.

The victory gave Afghanistan a 3-2 series win after the two sides had shared the first four games at the Queen's Sports Club.

Chasing a 246-run winning target, Zimbabwe were skittled out for 172 in the 45th over despite Sean Williams making a fine 102 off 124 balls with three boundaries and four sixes.

Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran finished with a career best 4-22 in his 10 overs.

Earlier, opener Noor Ali Zadran made 54 and Mohammad Nabi, who hit a maiden century in the second match of the series, chipped in with 53 as Afghanistan reached 245-9 in their 50 overs.

"We made history. It's the first time that an Associate team has beaten a Full Member in a series," Nabi told www.cricinfo.com.

"I'm very happy with my team's performance and my performance. It's very good for me and also for my team." He added: "When we batted first, we decided that if we scored 250 it would be difficult to chase on that pitch. The openers and then the middle-order batsmen, they played very well."

Afghanistan batsman Samiullah Shenwari later tweeted: "Simply an awesome display of cricket by our lads. We created a history, congrats everyone."