The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Zimbabwe by 154 runs in the first match of a bilateral series consisting five One Day International matches. (Photo: International Cricket Council)

Played in Sharajh in United Arab Emirates, the Afghan cricket team won the toss and elected to bat first.

Afghanistan set a target of 334 runs for Zimbabwe after losing 5 wickets by playing overs with Rahmat Shah scoring the highest runs on the batting side.

He hit 4 Sixe and 8 Fours to score 114 runs from 110 balls while Najibullah Zadran scored 81 along with Ihsanullah who scored 54 runs.

Other batsmen, Mohammad Shahzad, scored 36 runs, Nasir Jamal 31 runs, and Asghar Stanikzai scored only 3 runs on the batting side.

The Zimbabwe batsmen could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets by scoring only 179 runs from 34 overs.

On the bowling side Rashid Khan managed to 4 wickets while Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 2 wickets. Other bowlers Dawlat Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, and Rahmat Shah took 1 wicket each.

This comes as the Afghan national cricket team had defeated Zimbabwe in Twenty20 International matches and had clinched the series 2-0 ahead of the ODI matches.