BULAWAYO - Sikandar Raza struck 141 runs as Zimbabwe cruised to an eight-wicket one-day international (ODI) triumph over Afghanistan in Bulawayo Sunday. A century from 17-year-old Usman Ghani was pivotal as Afghanistan made 256-7 in 50 overs at Queens Sports Club in the southern Zimbabwe city. But a succession of Afghan bowlers had no answer to right-hander Raza, who combined with Hamilton Masakadza for a 224-run opening partnership. Zimbabwe reached a victory-clinching 257-2 off 43.3 overs. The emphatic victory coupled with a six-wicket win two days ago gave Zimbabwe a 2-0 lead in the four-match series with matches to come on Tuesday and Thursday.
Opener Ghani struck 118 runs from 143 balls in a 200-minute stand laced with 12 fours and one six. No other Afghan batsman impressed with the second-best score an undefeated 23 from lower-order Gulbadin Naib. Pakistan-born Raza, who made his ODI debut last year against Bangladesh, averaged over a run a ball as he tormented the visitors' attack.
The knock came off 133 balls and his 171-minute spell of havoc included 11 fours and seven sixes. Masakadza fell on 93 having scored 10 fours and one six. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are preparing for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Scoreboard

AFGHANISTAN:
Noor Ali Zadran b Panyangara    13
Usman Ghani c sub b S Masakadza    118
Rahmat Shah b H Masakadza    22
H Shaidi c Chakabva b H Masakadza    11
Samiullah Shenwari c H Masakadza b Raza    5
M Nabi c S Masakadza b Panyangara    22
Shafiqullah c Williams b Raza    16
Gulbadin Naib not out    23
Dawlat Zadran not ou    13
EXTRAS: (b4, lb1, w7, nb1)    13
TOTAL: (7 wickets; 50 overs)    256
FOW: 1-33, 2-94, 3-120, 4-125, 5-169, 6-210, 7-222
BOWLING: T Panyangara 9-1-58-2, D Tiripano 6-0-40-0, S Masakadza 9-0-36-1, H Masakadza 10-0-37-2, P Utseya 6-0-23-0, S Williams 4-0-28-0, Sikandar Raza 5-0-25-2, M Waller 1-0-4-0
ZIMBABWE:
H Masakadza lbw b Sharafuddin    93
Sikandar Raza c Dawlat b Samiullah    141
B Taylor not out    11
S Williams not out    2
EXTRAS: (lb5, w2, nb3)    10
TOTAL: (2 wkts; 43.3 overs)    257
FOW: 1-224, 2-255
BOWLING: Shapoor Zadran 8-0-38-0, Sharafuddin Ashraf 10-0-41-1, Dawlat Zadran 5-0-43-0, M Nabi 10-0-42-0, Rahmat Shah 3-0-28-0, Gulbadin Naib 2-0-23-0, Samiullah Shenwari 5.3-0-37-1
TOSS: Zimbabwe
MAN OF THE MATCH: Sikandar Raza (Zim)
UMPIRES: O Chirombe, J Cloete (SA)
MATCH REFEREE: D Govindjee (SA)