Gunfire in Kabul, Afghans win ODI series

Jan 6, 2016 - 8:41 PM Heavy gunfire rang out in celebration in Kabul after Afghanistan's cricket team secured a last-gasp victory over Zimbabwe on Wednesday to win a one-day series in Sharjah.

With only three balls remaining, Gulbadin Naib hit a six to clinch a narrow win and prompt delirious scenes in the Afghan capital, where heavily armed cricket fans fired automatic rifles into the air.

Security forces in Kabul had been on high alert since a string of Taliban suicide bomb attacks over recent days and police had appealed to sports fans not to fire weapons to celebrate.

The teams went into the game level at 2-2 in the series and, after a solid innings from Zimbabwe including a century by Hamilton Masakadza, it took a quickfire 82 from Gulbadin to lift Afghanistan to their target of 254.

Cricket has become increasingly popular in Afghanistan. The match was closely followed across the country, where sports fans were disappointed by Sunday's loss in the final of soccer's SAFF Championship to India.

Afghanistan qualified for the 50-over Cricket World Cup for the first time in last year's tournament in Australia and New Zealand. They beat Scotland but lost their other group matches to exit in the first round.

Source: AAP

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