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Afghanistan enter top 10

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Sharjah, Dec 28: The Afghanistan cricket team cruised into the top 10 in the Intertiol Cricket Council One-Day Intertiol (ODI) rankings for the first time after a thumping 49-run win in their first match against Zimbabwe here. The key architects of the win were opener Noor Ali Zadran and left-arm spinner Amir Hamza, who made 63 and took four wickets, respectively, as Afghanistan successfully defended the lowest total - 131 - for an associate against a full member, espncricinfo reported on Sunday. Afghanistan will have an opportunity to remain at the tenth position should they win the five-match series against Zimbabwe. A series loss, however, means they will return to their origil World no.12 ranking, behind Zimbabwe and Ireland. The year 2015 has been a watershed year of sorts for Afghanistan, who made their maiden World Cup appearance in Australia in February-March, where they beat Scotland by one wicket. They built on that success by registering their first bilateral series win over a Test tion when they beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in a five-match series in Bulawayo in October. Interestingly, they came back from one match down to win the series, which made them the first associate to topple a full member in a bilateral series. IANS

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