Zimbabwe vs. Afghanistan, 4th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

Zimbabwe's Sean Williams, second left, celebrates with his teammates the dismissal of United Arab Emirates' captain Khurram Khan during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Zimbabwe take on Afghanistan in the fourth and final one-day international of their series, which is interestingly poised at 2-1 in favour of the hosts.

The Afghans will be determined to take victory in the last match to prove they are worthy of a place at the top table of international cricket.

Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

Date: Thursday, July 24

Start time: 8:00 a.m. BST

Live on: Sky Sports highlights (U.K.), DSTV (Zimbabwe), 1TV (Afghanistan), Star Cricket (India), ESPN Sports (Australia).

Weather: According to Weather.com, it will be a sunny day in Bulawayo, with temperatures due to peak at 26 degrees Celsius.



After Zimbabwe won the first two ODIs, they were brought back down to Earth with a bump, as they were defeated by two wickets with two balls remaining in the third game.

The hosts batted first and made 261-8, thanks in large part to 84 from Hamilton Masakadza and 53 from captain Brendan Taylor.

Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam led Afghanistan’s bowlers with two wickets apiece and restricted the Zimbabweans to a very gettable total.

In reply, Javed Ahmadi hit 56 from 57 balls at the top of the order, but a couple of mini batting collapses looked to have taken the game away from the Afghans.

However, Zadran became a hero with the bat as he hit 24 from 21 balls, including a six to win the game in the final over with just two wickets in hand.

It sets up an intriguing finale between these two sides, with Afghanistan very much in the hunt to come away with a share of the spoils.

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 08:  Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan bowls during the Twenty20 match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty
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Team News

Zimbabwe (from): Brendan Taylor (capt), Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva , Tendai Chatara , Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Natsai M'shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Donald Tiripano, John Nyumbu, Mark Vermeulen, Timycen Maruma, Richmond Mutumbami, Michael Chinouya.

Afghanistan (from): Mohammad Nabi (capt), Aftab Alam, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Javed Ahmadi, Mirwais Ashraf, Nasir Jamal, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Usman Ghani.


Key Players

Tendai Chatara

Only 23 years of age, Chatara has a crucial role with the new ball as one of Zimbabwe’s leading seamers.

If he can keep his economy rate low, his side will be in a great position to win.


Mohammad Nabi

One of Afghanistan’s best players as well as their captain, Mohammad Nabi will need everything in his game to go right if his side are to emerge victorious.

His aggressive 42 was crucial in their win last time out, and he will be looking for more of the same.