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Who would have predicted that: Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Safyaan Sharif star in tied 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match

Brendan Taylor in action
Brendan Taylor in action

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 Both Zimbabwe and Scotland had qualified for the Super Six in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2018 but there was no lack of ebbs and flows in the 20th match of the competition as the crowd in Bulawayo turned up in numbers to support the home side. 

Match Summary

 Zimbabwe 210 (46.4 overs) - Craig Ervine 57 (69), Brendan Taylor 44 (54); Safyaan Sharif 5/33 (8.4), Michael Leask 4/37 (8)

Scotland 210 (49.1 overs) - Richie Berrington 47 (76), Kyle Coetzer 39 (37); Graeme Cremer 3/23 (10), Tendai Chisoro 3/42(10)

Result - Match tied

 Zimbabwe were doing alright having crossed the 100-run mark in the 19th over for the loss of three wickets. Opener Solomon Mire scored 35 but the most crucial partnership of 75 runs came between wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine.

While Taylor was dismissed for 44, Ervine went on to score a half-century. However, wickets fell in clumps as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 210 within 47 overs.

The main man for Scotland was Safyaan Sharif, who bagged his first 5-wicket haul in ODI cricket, finishing with figures of 8.4-1-33-5.

 Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Cephas Zhuwao, 2.4 ov), 2-42 (Hamilton Masakadza, 8.2 ov), 3-106 (Solomon Mire, 18.6 ov), 4-138 (Brendan Taylor, 25.4 ov), 5-143 (Sikandar Raza, 26.6 ov), 6-152 (Sean Williams, 30.6 ov), 7-187 (Graeme Cremer, 38.5 ov), 8-201 (Craig Ervine, 43.4 ov), 9-203 (Tendai Chisoro, 45.1 ov), 10-210 (Blessing Muzarabani, 46.4 ov)

 Scotland were well poised in the chase at 145-4 in the 35th over but the dismissal of Richie Berrington for 47 opened the door for Zimbabwe. The team lost quick wickets and was reduced to 173/8 when a few lusty blows from Mark Watt pulled back the match in Scotland's favour.

However, Watt was dismissed in the penultimate over and Blessing Muzarabani had Bradley Wheal caught behind off the first delivery of the last over to spark celebrations in Bulawayo as Zimbabwe dodged a bullet.

 Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Matthew Cross, 5.3 ov), 2-37 (Tom Sole, 7.2 ov), 3-55 (Calum MacLeod, 10.4 ov), 4-69 (Kyle Coetzer, 13.4 ov), 5-145 (Richie Berrington, 34.5 ov), 6-148 (George Munsey, 36.4 ov), 7-170 (Craig Wallace, 41.4 ov), 8-173 (Safyaan Sharif, 42.4 ov), 9-209 (Mark Watt, 48.6 ov), 10-210 (Brad Wheal, 49.1 ov)




Zimbabwe - Cephas Zhuwao, Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Graeme Cremer (c), Tendai Chisoro, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani 

Scotland - Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Tom Sole, Bradley Wheal


Match Details


Match: ZIM v SCO, 20th Match, Group B, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2018 

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018 

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo 

Umpires: Paul Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite 

Match Referee: Shaid Wadvalla 


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