By Lawrence Trusida
THE Chevrons lost to Afghanistan in the first One Day International match at Harare Sports Club by 60 runs as the visitors take a one nil series lead with two matches to play.
After being set 276 for victory, the Chevrons choked in their chase of a good total.
Sikander Raza top scored with 67 runs while there were starts for Craig Ervine and debutant Innocent Kaia but as usual they all failed to convert that into big scores as they all departed in their 30s.
Other than those three there was nothing more to talk of with the visitors walking away with the victory in the first match.
Early in the day, Afghan’s Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi starred with the bat while returning bowler Blessing Muzarabani showed his class with the ball.
In at three and four, Shah made 94 and Captain Shahidi 88 while Rashid Khan added a useful unbeaten 39 down the order as Afghanistan posted 276 for five wickets, having being put in to bat.
After capturing two early wickets, the Zimbabwe bowlers toiled until Muzarabani took centre stage, sending the leading Afghan scorers back to the pavilion and finishing with 4 for 52.
The second match in the three-match series is set for Monday with the hosts desperately needing a win to remain in the series as well as earn points towards the World Cup Super League, the main qualifying route to the 2023 World Cup in India.