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Afghanistan make history

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Afghanistan became the first Associate nation to beat a full ICC member in a multi-game ODI series after defeating Zimbabwe 3-2 with a 73-run victory in Bulawayo. 

Noor Ali Zadran (54) and Mohammad Nabi (53) struck half-centuries as the visitors posted 245-9 from their 50 overs in the fifth and final ODI.

Sean Williams (102) cracked a century for Zimbabwe but with little support - the next highest-scoring batsman was No 9 Luke Jongwe with 16 - the hosts folded to 172 all out.

Afghanistan slipped from 132-1 to 202-7 once Zadran and Nabi's 97-run stand ended, spinners Wellington Masakadaza (3-31) and Sikandar Raza (3-40) among the wickets.

But a gritty 38 from 58 balls by Asghar Stanikzai and some late biffing from Mirwais Ashraf (21 off 18) and Dawlat Zadran (13 off 10) helped the Asian outfit towards 250.

Zimbabwe - who lost the previous ODI by three wickets - sunk to 15-3 and 51-5 in reply before Williams and skipper Elton Chigumbura (14) combined to add 52.

Tendai Chisoro (10 from 30 balls) also stuck with Williams for a period, while Jongwe clubbed two boundaries during his entertaining 14 ball-stay at the crease.

But the tailenders were cleaned up by Zadran (4-22) and when Amir Hamza (3-41) brought Williams' knock to a close - an innings that featured three fours and four sixes - Afghanistan made history.

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