Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by 12 runs on Duckworth–Lewis method after rain stopped play during the 28th over in Zimbabwe's pursuit of 216-run target in the first of the five One-day International matches at Harare on Thursday.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Afghanistan made 215 runs after playing almost all the 50 mandated overs as they used all their players.
They lost opener Mohammed Shahzad in the second over in the hand of debutant Ngarva, but a partnership between Rahmat Shah and Noor Ali Zadran help them get to 77 in the 21th over when they lost their second man Shah.
Skipper Asghar Stanikzai high-scored with his fifty off 57 balls. He was followed by Zadran (39) and Shah (31).
For Zimbabwe, AG Cremer took three wickets. TL Chatara and CB Mpofo followed him with two wickets each.
In the chase of 216-run target, the hosts looked to struggle early as they were 15 in the fifth over when Amir Hamza dismissed Zimbabwe's Mire.
The pressure further intensified when Zimbabwe lost their second man Moor in the next over. However, their innings got momentum as CR Ervine resisted hitting 38 not out while RP Burl made 28.
After rain stopped the play, the target was revised to 207 and the overs reduced to 46, but as it persisted the match was ended in Afghanistan's favor as they were ahead of Zimbabwe at the stage of 28th over when the hosts were 99-4. Mohammad Nabi, Gulbuddin Naib and Rashid Khan were the next wicket takers for Afghanistan.
The match was broadcast live on 1TV with many fans engaged on social media.
The sides will meet again for their second ODI on Sunday.