Muzarabani holds nerve to give Zimbabwe thrilling tie


Zimbabwe 210 (Ervine 57, Sharif 5-33, Leask 4-37) tied with Scotland 210 ( Berrington 47, Cremer 3-21, Chisoro 3-42)

Zimbabwe and Scotland battled to a tie in a thrilling match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Both teams were already assured of a place in the Super Six stage ahead of this encounter, but there was no let up in intensity, nor in the interest of the fans, who once again turned out in big numbers and were treated to a nail-biting finish.

Safyaan Sharif starred for Scotland with the ball, recording his maiden ODI five-for, and Scotland seemed to be cruising in pursuit of 211 during Richie Berrington and George Munsey‘s 77-run stand. But Berrington’s dismissal for 47 gave Zimbabwe the chance they needed, and they chipped away to reduce Scotland to 171 for 8. Mark Watt’s brave hitting took Scotland to the brink, but when he fell in the penultimate over, the match turned again. Yet more drama was to follow, as Blessing Muzarabani started the final over with a wide to bring the teams level, but then had Brad Wheal caught behind with his next delivery to spark wild celebrations.

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