Zimbabwe make splendid comeback to tie game against West Indies
Zimbabwe 257 (Ervine 92) v
West Indies 257-8 (Hope 101)
Third One-Day International in Bulawayo
Zimbabwe came from behind and picked three wickets in the final over and conceded just three runs to end the third One-Day International against West Indies in Bulawayo with a thrilling tie.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers Brian Chari (15) and Chamu Chibhabha (25) ensured Zimbabwe reached 36 for naught in the first powerplay.
The confusion between the pair saw Chibhabha run out after Shai Hope picked the ball and threw it to the bowler to effect the dismissal. Two overs later, Chari was caught brilliantly by Jason Holder (2-47) off Carlos Brathwaite (4-48).
Craig Ervine (92) and Sikandar Raza (77) took the attack to West Indies bowlers and laid the platform with an impressive 144-run stand for the third wicket.
Their 50-run stand came off just 56 deliveries while it took them 62 more deliveries to complete the century stand. Also Ervine and Raza reached their half-centuries off 62 and 59 balls respectively.
The game was fast slipping away from the visitors as Zimbabwe reached 163 for two by the end of 35 overs. Raza finally holed out to long off in the 39th over to give Carlos his second wicket and in the next over, Sean Williams (2) was trapped LBW by Ashley Nurse (1-55).
West Indies really well in the final 10 overs where they conceded just 60 runs and picked six wickets as well to dismiss Zimbabwe for 257 in 50 overs.
West Indies' chase looked on track for the first seven overs when the openers added 32 runs but Donald Tiripano (2-36) provided some respite for Zimbabwe by trapping Johnson Charles (19) LBW.
After a brief 25-run stand with Kraigg Brathwaite (78), Evin Lewis (18) was caught at deep midwicket off Graeme Cremer (1-44).
Just like the previous innings, West Indies bounced back hard with a 162-run stand for the third wicket between Kraigg and Hope (101) but came off 201 deliveries which created pressure on the visitors at the closing stages.
The pair failed to accelerate as Hope departed after scoring his maiden century nicking to the keeper off Chris Mpofu (1-64).
West Indies needed 37 runs off the final five overs with seven wickets in hand which came down to 24 runs off 18 deliveries.
The 48th over bowled by Williams (2-52) saw Kraigg (78) dismissed off the first ball and soon Rovman Powell (17) was also castled after scoring a six.
West Indies needed 14 runs off the final two overs and a six from Carlos (9) brought down the target to four runs off the final over with five wickets in hand.
The second ball of the over saw Donald Tiripano (2-26) having Carlos caught at long on and in the next ball Nurse (0) was run out when he backed too much at non striker end.
After managing two more singles in the next two deliveries, West Indies levelled the score but Holder (4 not out) missed the slog in the final delivery, while wicket-keeper Moor effected a run out when they tried to sneak a bye to ensure Zimbabwe ended the game with a tie.
Hope was awarded the man of the match for his maiden century.
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