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Afghanistan create history with 73-run win over Zimbabwe

(Last Updated On: October 25, 2015 11:56 am)

Afghanistan's bowler Zadran is congratulated, after Australian batsman Smith was dismissed for 95 runs, during their Cricket World Cup match in Perth

Afghanistan became the first ICC Associate Nation to defeat a Full Member in international cricket.

Afghanistan cricket team created history as they defeated home team Zimbabwe by 73 runs to claim a 3-2 series win in five-match series in Bulawayo on Saturday.

This was the first-ever series win by an associate country over a Full Member.

Earlier, Afghanistan batted first and despite half-centuries from Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Nabi, the middle-order couldn’t capitalise on it and were bowled out for 246.

But led by pacer Dawlat Zadran, Afghanistan managed to overcome Sean Williams’ maiden ODI century to defend their modest total as they bundled Zimbabwe out for 172.

Mohammad Nabi, captain, lauded his team after their historic series win in Zimbabwe.

“We made history. It’s the first time in 200 years of cricket that we [an Associate team] has beaten a Full Member in a series, I think. I’m very happy with my team’s performance and my performance. After a very long time I have performed very well. It’s very good for me and also for my team,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

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