Afghanistan's second four-day match against Zimbabwe A has ended in defeat with two days still to spare after a hapless second innings batting performance today in Harare.
Resuming their first innings on 113-2, Zimbabwe A lost Mark Vermeulen from the first ball of the day. The other batsman who was not out overnight, Richmond Mutumbami went on to score 44 before he was out six overs later.
The rest of the Zimbabwean batting line up didn't contribute much of anything, and they lost their last five wickets for just five runs as they were bowled out for 157, Sharafuddin Ashraf taking 5-33.
With that narrow first innings lead of 12 runs, Afghanistan would have been hoping to perhaps set Zimbabwe A a substantial target. It wasn't to be however, as they were clattered out for just 99 runs, with their last four wickets all falling on 99.
Natsai M'shangwe was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers with 4-20. Afghanistan's Nasir Jamal was given out obstructing the field during the innings, only the 24th time that dismissal has happened in first-class cricket. The last time it happened was against Afghanistan, by Canada's Zubin Sukari in a 2011 Intercontinental Cup match.
Zimbabwe A had little trouble chasing down their target, and did so just before the close of play to win by 8 wickets. Mark Vermeulen top scored in the run chase with an unbeaten 47.
Zimbabwe A beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets
Country Club, Harare, 2-3 August 2014
Afghanistan 169 (54.1 overs, Qaseem Khan 37, Najibullah Zadran 36, C Musoko 3-39, N Madziva 3-40)
Zimbabwe A 157 (47.4 overs, R Mutumbami 44, M Vermeulen 36, Sharafuddin Ashraf 5-33)
Afghanistan 99 (38.3 overs, N M'shangwe 4-20)
Zimbabwe A 112-2 (24.3 overs, M Vermeulen 47*, T Mawayo 38)