By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo
THE Zimbabwe national cricket side sealed a consolation victory in the 3rd one day international against Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket stadium this Tuesday.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat in the encounter played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Pakistan.
The Chevrons top order continued with their uninspiring performance as they failed to create a solid start and were torn apart by the bowling of Mohammed Hosnain.
Opener and Captain Chamu Chibaba was the first back in the pavilion with one run after only facing three balls when he was caught by Iftikhar Ahmed off the bowling of Mohammed Hosnain.
Next in the same direction and also courtesy of Hosnain was Craig Ervine who went out with a duck from nine deliveries.
In the eighth over, Hosnain struck again, this time taking off the stumps of Brian Chari who was sitting on 9 leaving Zimbabwe reeling at 22 for 3.
The fourth wicket partnership between Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams stabilised the ship until Hosnain claimed another victim as Taylor went off with 56 runs, leaving Zimbabwe at 106 for the loss of 4 wickets halfway through their innings.
The middle order had to step up to ensure Zimbabwe had a respectable total but Hosnain was not yet done as he grabbed his second fifth wicket haul in the series when he caught Wesley Madhevere on 33.
Sikandar Raza was the next to go 5 runs shy of a half century off the bowling of Wahab Riaz.
As Zimbabwe seemed to be in a usual downward route, Sean Williams saved the day with an unbeaten118 at the close of 50 overs to end the Chevrons’ innings at 278 for 6.
The Zimbabwean bowling attack however came out guns blazing, claiming 5 wickets for 85 runs within 20 overs.
Richard Ngarava and Donald Tiripano each contributed 2 of those wickets with the other coming from Blessing Muzarabani.
The match headed for a tight closing contest, with Ngarava having the task of sealing victory for the Chevrons by bowling the last over.
The battle was fierce with the host in need of 5 runs from the last ball of the match to gain victory.
Muhammad Musa forced a super over as he hit Ngarava’s full ball outside off past the hands of extra cover fielder, Tendai Chisoro to the boundary for 4runs.
The Chevrons, however, atoned for the poor fielding to win the one over eliminator and gain some points in the world cup super league.
By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo