Chevrons win thriller to qualify for Super Six
The Zimbabwe Cricket team stunned two-time world champions West Indies beat by 35 runs in their thrilling Group A match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier played at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.
The Chevrons’ victory saw them top Group A of the World Cup qualifiers and book a place in the Super 6 with a game to spare. This makes their game against the USA on Monday academic. The Chevrons were defending a target of 266 and the game looked like it was slipping away with the West Indies racing cruising to 110/2 in the 21st over. However, economic spells and wickets from Tendai Chatara who took three wickets, and another two from all-rounder Sikandar Raza saw Zimbabwe rescue the match and win by 35 runs.
With this win, Zimbabwe top of Group A with three wins in three matches, a total of six points. On the other hand, WI is third with two wins and a loss, a total of four points.
Earlier on, Zimbabwe scored 268 off 49.5 overs with Sikandar Raza top-scoring with 68 runs. Ryan Burl’s 50, Craig Ervin’s 47, Joylord Gumble’s 26, and Sean Williams’ 23 all contributed to Zimbabwe’s winning mark.
West Indies could only manage 233 off 44.4 overs with Kyle Mayers being the only batsman to surpass the half-century mark with 56 runs. Roston Chase 44, Nicholas Pooran 34, Shai Hope 30 and Brandon King 20 all contributed to the 233 runs count.
Tendai Chatara took 3-52 while there were two wickets apiece for the trio of Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava.