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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Cricket: Afro-Asian Cup: Zaheer wins Man of the Series award

Rain played spoilsport as the third and final one day match of the Afro-Asian Cup, played in Durban, had to be abandoned with Asia XI on 8/2 needing 107 to win in a rain delayed and interrupted game that was dominated by the fast bowlers on a Kingsmead wicket, which assisted seam and swing bowling.

Africa XI won the first match by two runs. Asia XI won the second by seventeen runs and today's match was abandoned with the series level at 1-1.

Zaheer Khan, who was earlier dropped by the Indian selectors for the tri-series to be played later this month against New Zealand and Zim. in Zimbabwe, gave a fine performance in the Afro-Asian series and picked 9 wickets for Asia XI at an average of 11.2 apiece to be the deserving winner of the Man of the Series award. His best bowling figures were 3/21 off 10 overs in today's game. Well played, Zaheer.

As these are official one day international matches, then Zaheer deserves a recall to the Indian side based on his performance and being in form.