Afghan teen beats Waqar's ODI record

16-year-old Mujeeb Zadran demolishes Zimbabwe to surpass Pakistan legend Waqar Younis as youngest to claim a five-for


17 February 2018, 10:47 AM

Teenage leg-spinner Mujeeb Zadran became the youngest bowler ever to claim five wickets in a one-day international when he inspired Afghanistan to a 10-wicket rout of Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI on Friday.

The 16-year-old, also known as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, finished with 5-50 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 134 in 34 overs.

Afghanistan then cruised to victory in the 22nd over without losing a wicket with openers Mohammad Shahzad on 75 not out and Ihsanullah unbeaten on 51.

Mujeeb's performance allowed him to surpass Pakistan star Waqar Younis as the youngest bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in a limited-over international.

Waqar was 18 years and 164 days when he achieved the feat.

Craig Ervine was the only Zimbabwe batsman to show any fight, finishing on an undefeated 54.

Shahzad clobbered 10 fours and three sixes in his 75 off 74 balls as Afghanistan claimed the series 3-1 with one match to play in what was also a crucial boost ahead of next month's 2019 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe where the two teams will meet again.

Mujeeb was one of three Afghanistan stars bought in the IPL auction last month, picked up by Kings XI Punjab for A$785,000 and will play alongside Australians Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye in a squad that also features Chris Gayle, David Miller and Indian heroes Ravi Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh.

The teen has now played seven ODIs for Afghanistan, with his latest efforts a new career best. He has 18 wickets at the average of just 16.61 and an economy rate of 4.39.

At the Under-19 World Cup this year, he took four wickets in a bewitching spell to skittle hosts New Zealand and secure Afghanistan a semi-final berth, where they were beaten by Australia.