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Afghan fans celebrate cricket team's win in 'fiery' fashion

Last updated on: January 07, 2016 14:27 IST

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

The Afghanistan cricket team celebrate with the trophy after defeating Zimbabwe and win the ODI series 3-2 in Kabul on Wednesday

IMAGE: The Afghanistan cricket team celebrate with the trophy after defeating Zimbabwe and win the ODI series 3-2 in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Afghanistan cricket/Twitter

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.

With this series win, Afghanistan retained their 10th spot in the ICC ODI rankings.   

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

Afghanistan cricket fans celebrate on the streets after their team's series win over ZimbabweThe 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 quick-fire 82 from Gulbadin to lift Afghanistan to their target of 254.

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

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.

Image (Bottom left): Afghanistan cricket fans celebrate on the streets after their team's series win over Zimbabwe

Photograph: Afghanistan cricket/Twitter

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