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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Super Sixes Match 5- Windies v Zimbabwe - Preview

Graeme Cremer has been impressive for Zimbabwe
Graeme Cremer has been impressive for Zimbabwe

Game: 5th Match, Super Sixes, Windies v Zimbabwe
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Zimbabwe will be looking to seal a World Cup Qualification spot when they take on Windies in the 5th game in the Super Sixes at Harare Sports Club.

The hosts are currently the only side yet to lose a game in the tournament and they are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with five points from three games. A win on Monday will take them to seven points which will be sufficient for them to make it to the final and most importantly a berth in the World Cup 2019. Their batting looked shaky in the last two games against Scotland and Ireland. However, their total of 211 against William Porterfield's men looked more than sufficient with spinners Tendai Chisoro and Graeme Cremer making full use of the slow pitch in Harare. The batting will once again depend on Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza while Hamilton Masakadza played an impressive knock of 84 against Hong Kong.

Windies' momentum was dented a bit with their defeat to Afghanistan. Their strength undoubtedly lies in the top order of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer. Jason Holder and Rovman Powell did well to rescue the side when their power hitters at the top failed to deliver but their weakness were exposed against a quality team like Afghanistan, who kept them down to 197 for eight in the 50 overs with Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan keeping the two-time World Cup champions in check. Even though, Windies fought back brilliantly through the debutant Keemo Paul and Holder, Afghanistan managed to complete the chase with three wickets in hand and kept their hopes alive even though it is slim because of their performance in the first stage.


Zimbabwe: Cephas Zhuwawo, Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer (captain), Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Peter Moor, Richard Ngarava, Malcolm Waller

Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Holder (captain), Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nikita Miller, Jason Mohammed, Kesrick Williams, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach

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