Zimbabwe’s team seemed to be in a winning position at one point of time and needed only 33 runs in the last 4 overs, but the team lost 5 wickets during this period.
Scotland took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. (Photo: Cricket Scotland)
After losing the ODI series against Ireland, Zimbabwe’s first attempt to return to winning ways against Scotland failed. Zimbabwe suffered a close defeat at the hands of hosts Scotland in the first match of the three-match T20I series. In a thrilling match, Scotland defeated Zimbabwe by just 7 runs. In this low-scoring match, the bowlers were buoyed and the batsmen failed to score runs freely. Especially Scotland’s middle pacer Safyan Sharif proved to be the star of this match, who along with economical bowling also took a flurry of wickets and led the team to victory in this match.
In the first match in Edinburgh, hosts Scotland won the toss and decided to bat first. The start of the Scottish team was very poor and the team lost 4 wickets for 30 runs till the last over of the powerplay. From here Richie Barrington took over the team and kept on moving the score forward. Apart from Barrington, none of the other batsmen failed to score big, but they kept supporting Barrington, who was maintaining the pace of runs, by staying at the crease for some time.
all flop except barrington
Barrington remained till the last over and scored more than half of the team’s total score alone. The 34-year-old all-rounder played an excellent innings of 82 runs in 61 balls with the help of 7 fours and 3 sixes. With the help of this, Scotland scored 141 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. For Zimbabwe, experienced bowler Tendai Chatara conceded just 23 runs in 4 overs and took 2 wickets, while Luke Jongwe also took 2 wickets to his name and prevented Scotland from scoring big.
Poor start for Zimbabwe
In reply, Zimbabwe’s start was also very poor and by the third over, 2 wickets fell for 5 runs. Safyan Sharif returned the pavilion to both the openers in his first two overs. From here there was a partnership between Regis Chakabwa and captain Craig Irvine, but the pace of runs remained slow. Both the batsmen got out within two overs. This was followed by a crucial 54-run partnership between Shaun Williams and Milton Shumba, which raised hopes of victory, but the fall of wickets started as soon as Williams was dismissed.
Scotland’s victory due to Sharif’s miracle
Zimbabwe needed 33 runs in the last 4 overs, but during this time the team lost 5 wickets and could score only 25 runs. Sharif once again took 2 wickets, which ruined the hopes of victory. Zimbabwe’s team could score only 135 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. Shumba remained frozen till the end and could not get victory despite scoring 45 runs in 30 balls. The hero of Scotland’s victory was Sharif, who gave only 24 runs in 4 overs and took 4 wickets.
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