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Cricket World Cup Qualifier | SUPER SIX - Windies Need 290 To Beat Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe, opting to bat first against West Indies, reached 289 all out off their 50 overs, in their Super Sixes match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Harare Sports Club here Monday

Brendan Taylor was in excellent form for the hosts slamming a massive 138 runs with Solomon Mire (45) and Sean Williams (34) offering most support.

This came against a 4-35 return for West Indies captain Jason Holder, while Kemar Roach picked up 3 -55 and 20 year-old Keemo Paul, 2 - 55 to somewhat reel in the Zimbabwe batsmen, who at one point threaten to put up an even larger total.

On six occasions in the past, starting all the way back in 1983 and stopping over in 1992, 1996, 2007 and 2015, these two teams have faced off in the ICC Cricket World Cup itself. For the 2019 edition, though, they have had to go through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, and done well to stay in contention for those two prized slots.

As things stand, with all teams having played the same number of games, Zimbabwe are No.1 on the Super Sixes table with five points, the same as Scotland, while Windies are at No.3 with four points after the reversal against Afghanistan. Importantly, a win on Monday will put Zimbabwe in the World Cup.

The game between Zimbabwe, the hosts, and Windies, the two-time world champions, therefore becomes a big one, perhaps the biggest of the competition so far simply because they have the most international experienced among the 10 participating teams, Windies much more than Zimbabwe. And when they go out at Harare Sports Club on Monday 19 March, there will be two teams that feel they have a right to be in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2019.

Squads:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach.

Zimbabwe: Cephas Zhuwao, Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Blessing Muzarabani.
Commentary (West Indies innings)
40.2 K Jarvis to M Samuels, Back of a length ball outside off, played down in the gap at point for a run. 218/2

40.1 K Jarvis to M Samuels, Cremer takes himself off the attack and inserts Jarvis. He begins with a shortish ball on off and Samuels punches it to covers. 217/2

39.6 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, Width on offer outside off, Samuels guides it to third man and keeps strike. 2 from the over, 4 in the last two from Muzarabani but the other end is leaking runs much to Zimbabwe's worry. 217/2

39.5 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 216/2

39.4 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Soft hands as he eases it in front of square leg for a run. 216/2

39.3 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Length ball on middle, helped on the leg side but straight to the fielder. 215/2

39.2 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Around off on a length, defended off the back foot. 215/2

39.1 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 215/2

38.6 G Cremer to M Samuels, SIX! Samuels is putting on a show here at the Harare Sports Club and the crowd has gone silent. Samuels is once again down the track in a flash, keeps his eyes on the ball and smites it over long on for a biggie. 19 from the over, if I'm not wrong the first over after the first drinks break went for 15. Wonder what they are sipping! 215/2

38.5 G Cremer to M Samuels, FOUR! Marlon Samuels has pressed the clutch button to shift into fifth gear. Another charge to Cremer, doesn't matter where the ball is landing as he admonishes it over the bowler's head. This time the long on fielder rushes across to his right, tries to pull it back with his one arm but has no chance. Blazes past him. 209/2

38.4 G Cremer to M Samuels, SIX! High and handsome! Cremer gives this one some extra air and lands it around off, Samuels gets the chance to free his arms. He jumps out and dismisses it over long off. The fielder in the deep thought that he is in with a chance but can only watch it sail over his head. 205/2

38.3 G Cremer to M Samuels, Fails to read the length there, Samuels. He does well to keep it out at the last moment on the off side with the spin. 199/2

38.2 G Cremer to M Samuels, Tossed up ball around leg, Samuels skips down the track to take it on the full and whips it past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a couple. 199/2

38.1 G Cremer to S Hope, Flatter and fuller on leg, eased down to long on for a run. 197/2

Drinks break. 94 needed off 72 balls with 8 wickets in hand. Windies have the upper hand and the home team requires wickets in order to make a comeback. The current pair has settled in nicely and looked in control. They have been watchful but have not spared any bad balls coming their way. Would be a smooth sail for them if these two last the distance. The African side surely will look to separate them as soon as possible.

37.6 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, a little bit of inward shape there, Samuels guards his stumps and then shoulders arms. Only 2 from the over, a good one for Zimbabwe. 196/2

37.5 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Too full on this occasion, outside off, it's squeezed out through cover-point for a single. 196/2

37.4 B Muzarabani to S Hope, On a length outside off, played down with an angled bat to point. 195/2

37.3 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, Angles in a length ball on middle, Marlon nudges it in front of square leg for a run. 195/2

37.2 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, Another play and a miss. Samuels this time tries to cut a short ball but fails to put bat on ball. 194/2

37.1 B Muzarabani to M Samuels, Play and a miss! This one is served on a length outside off and holds its line, Samuels pushes inside the line and misses. 194/2

Blessing Muzarabani is brought back into the attack.

36.6 G Cremer to M Samuels, Flatter and shorter outside off, Samuels forces it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a run. 29th ODI fifty for the experienced campaigner. Has paced it superbly. Now all he needs to do is to finish it well for his team. 194/2

36.5 G Cremer to M Samuels, Goes on the back foot and punches it to the off side, dot ball. 193/2

36.4 G Cremer to M Samuels, Cheekily played! Slow spin away from the batsman from around off, Samuels opens the face of the bat at the last moment and runs it past short third man. Masakadza chases it and pulls it back just before the rope. Saves two. 193/2

36.3 G Cremer to M Samuels, Straighter in line, Samuels helps it to short fine leg and his partner shows interest in a run. He is sent back quickly as the fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end. A wayward one and Cremer does well to make the stop. 191/2

36.2 G Cremer to S Hope, Gets on the front foot and drives it with the spin through covers for a single. 191/2

36.1 G Cremer to M Samuels, Forces a full ball to long off for a run. 190/2

35.6 S Raza to M Samuels, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 18 from the over, 101 needed off 84 balls. 189/2

35.5 S Raza to M Samuels, SIX! Change in gears! Samuels has decided to take on the bowler. Rushes down the track again to a full ball and hammers it over wide long off for another biggie. 188/2

35.4 S Raza to M Samuels, SIX! This is turning out to be a good over for Windies. Tossed up ball around off, fuller in length, Samuels gives it the charge and launches it over long off for a maximum. 182/2

35.3 S Raza to S Hope, Flighted and outside off, quietly played in front of short third man for a run. 176/2

35.2 S Raza to S Hope, FOUR! Nicely done. Raza tries a variation in the form of a leg spinner. But it lands on the shorter side and Shai smashes it over covers to find the fence. 175/2

35.1 S Raza to S Hope, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 171/2

Blessing Muzarabani is seen warming up. Either he has been summoned by his skipper to be ready or he is trying to catch his captain's attention.

34.6 G Cremer to M Samuels, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 171/2

34.5 G Cremer to S Hope, Gets back and punches it to long on for a run. 171/2

34.4 G Cremer to S Hope, This time he has flicked it on the leg side, although not in the gap. 170/2

34.3 G Cremer to S Hope, Cremer comes up with a googly in reply. Hope fails to read it, tries to defend from the crease and it takes an inside edge of his bat. Goes through his legs to square leg. 170/2

34.2 G Cremer to S Hope, FOUR! Shot! It's on the shorter side around off, Hope goes deep inside the crease for the pull shot and brings his bottom hand into play to place his shot perfectly. It flies over square leg and embraces the rope. 170/2

34.1 G Cremer to S Hope, Sliding down the leg side, Hope fails to work it off his pads. 166/2

Graeme Cremer is back on.

33.6 S Raza to S Hope, Fifty for Shai Hope, his 5th in ODIs. Good knock so far by him as he has kept Windies' hopes alive. A delivery on the pads, Shai works it in front of square leg for a single. 166/2

33.5 S Raza to M Samuels, Milking runs with ease. Another safe shot played down the ground to long off. 165/2

33.4 S Raza to S Hope, Flatter and on middle, hit down to long on for one. 164/2

33.3 S Raza to M Samuels, Flighted and around off, Marlon goes back and punches it to covers. The fielder fumbles and they cross. 163/2

33.2 S Raza to S Hope, Turns it off his pads through mid-wicket and jogs across to the other end. 162/2

33.1 S Raza to M Samuels, Short and around off, punched from the back foot and the cover fielder made a partial stop inside the ring. A single. 161/2

32.6 S Williams to M Samuels, Jumps out of the crease to a full ball and drills it down to long on for a run. They are batting sensibly and risk-free. 50-run stand comes up! 160/2

32.5 S Williams to S Hope, Goes on the back foot and strokes it through the gap on the off side. A single taken again. 159/2

32.4 S Williams to M Samuels, Slower this time, outside off, Marlon punches it through covers for a run. 158/2

32.3 S Williams to M Samuels, Walks a step down the track and defends it watchfully. 157/2

32.2 S Williams to S Hope, On the pads, eased in front of square leg for a brisk single. The fielder missed his shy at the bowler's end but anyway the batsman would have been safe. Good running. 157/2

32.1 S Williams to M Samuels, Quicker around off, punched to covers for one. 156/2

31.6 T Chisoro to S Hope, Whoa! That's been darted in on middle and leg at 104 kph. Hope does well to keep it out safely. 155/2

31.5 T Chisoro to S Hope, Flatter on off, punched ferociously down to sweeper cover where the fielder dived to stop the ball. A couple taken. 155/2

31.4 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Too full and around off, drilled through covers for a single. 153/2

31.3 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Fires one in, full and on middle, Samuels helps it straight to square leg. 152/2

31.2 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Another dot ball as the batsman forces a full ball back to the bowler. 152/2

31.1 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Flighted ball on off, fuller in length, it's driven back to the bowler who dives to his left and parries it to the cover fielder. 152/2

30.6 S Williams to S Hope, Short ball around off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a brace. 152/2

30.5 S Williams to M Samuels, Boom! It has uprooted one of the stumps at the non-striker's end. A flatter ball on off, Samuels plays a rocket-punch from the back foot and it deflects towards mid off after hitting the stumps. A single taken. The umpire there was in serious danger as he jumped to avoid getting hurt. 150/2

30.4 S Williams to S Hope, Shortish and outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a run. 149/2

30.3 S Williams to M Samuels, Loopy and around leg, fuller in length, Samuels eases it down to long on for one. 148/2

30.2 S Williams to S Hope, Quicker full ball around off, driven back past the bowler to long off for a run. 147/2

30.1 S Williams to S Hope, Flighted full ball on middle, defended back to the bowler. 146/2

29.6 T Chisoro to S Hope, Hope opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 144 needed off 120 balls. 146/2

29.5 T Chisoro to S Hope, Flatter and shorter outside off, played down to point. 145/2

29.4 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Fires one in, on middle, it's punched back towards the bowler. Chisoro nearly collides with the non-striker in an attempt to stop the ball. It goes through to long on and they rotate the strike. 145/2

29.3 T Chisoro to S Hope, Skidding back into the batsman, Shai helps it in front of square leg for a run. 144/2

29.2 T Chisoro to S Hope, Beaten! Quicker delivery, around off, Hope tries to cut but misses. Almost edged it to the keeper. 143/2

29.1 T Chisoro to S Hope, Short and wide again, outside off, Hope punches it off his back foot, fails to keep it down and it goes just wide of the cover fielder inside the ring. Williams makes a good save near the fence in the deep and returns a sharp throw. A couple taken. 143/2

28.6 S Williams to M Samuels, Samuels has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 141/2

28.5 S Williams to S Hope, Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it with soft hands to covers. 141/2

28.4 S Williams to M Samuels, Another arm ball, sliding down, Samuels helps it through square leg for a run. 140/2

28.3 S Williams to M Samuels, Stifled appeal for an lbw! An arm ball landing on middle and leg, skidding down, Samuels fails to defend and is hit on the pads. They appeal mutely, nothing from the umpire. Missing leg. 139/2

28.2 S Williams to S Hope, Fullish on leg, forced to widish long on for a run. 139/2

28.1 S Williams to M Samuels, Zimbabwe have been culprit of bowling too short to this pair. Another one on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 138/2

27.6 T Chisoro to S Hope, Flighted full around off, it's defended back off the front foot. 137/2

27.5 T Chisoro to S Hope, Fails to put it away. Short and wide outside off, cut straight to point. 137/2

27.4 T Chisoro to S Hope, Short and on middle, Hope nudges it off his hips to deep backward square leg for a couple of runs. 137/2

27.3 T Chisoro to S Hope, Flighted ball on off, defended back. 135/2

27.2 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Rocks back to a short ball and punches it to long off for a run. 135/2

27.1 T Chisoro to M Samuels, On the pads, worked on the leg side but found the fielder. 134/2

26.6 S Williams to S Hope, Lunges to a full ball on middle and defends it back. 134/2

26.5 S Williams to M Samuels, Shortish around leg, helped through square leg for a run. 134/2

26.4 S Williams to M Samuels, Bowls it around middle and off, Samuels defends it back. 133/2

26.3 S Williams to M Samuels, Drags his length short and drops it around off, Samuels plays it down from the back foot to the off side. 133/2

26.2 S Williams to S Hope, Tossed up ball on middle, knocked down to long on for a run. 133/2

26.1 S Williams to S Hope, Quicker and darted down the leg side, the batsman failed to get it away. 132/2

25.6 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run to end the over. 132/2

25.5 T Chisoro to M Samuels, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 132/2

25.4 T Chisoro to M Samuels, FOUR! Chisoro fires it in, on the shorter side outside off, Samuels waits for it plays a late cut to find the gap between short third man and backward point. A boundary results. 132/2

25.3 T Chisoro to M Samuels, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. No run. 128/2

25.2 T Chisoro to S Hope, Presses forward and pushes it wide of the bowler at covers for a run. 128/2

25.1 T Chisoro to S Hope, Flatter and quicker on off, tapped down to point. 127/2

Tendai Chisoro is back on.

24.6 S Williams to M Samuels, FOUR! Misfield in the deep, by Chisoro. Williams serves a short delivery on middle, Samuels goes on the back foot to cash it in. Makes good connection with his pull shot and sends it racing away through square leg. A very poor effort by Chisoro in the deep as he lets it through. 127/2

24.5 S Williams to M Samuels, Helps it off his pads to short fine leg. 123/2

24.4 S Williams to M Samuels, Fires in a full ball on leg, it's pushed back towards the bowler. 123/2

24.3 S Williams to S Hope, Short in length outside off, pulled in front of square leg for a single. 123/2

24.2 S Williams to M Samuels, Full and flighted on off, driven down to long off for one. 122/2

24.1 S Williams to M Samuels, Flatter and on middle, defended off the back foot to the leg side. 121/2

Sean Williams is into the attack.

23.6 S Raza to M Samuels, Goes on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for one. 121/2

23.5 S Raza to M Samuels, Gently eases it off his pads to deep mid-wicket and returns for the second run. The fielder in the deep was caught napping. 120/2

23.4 S Raza to M Samuels, Gets on the front foot and defends it to the right of the bowler. 118/2

23.3 S Raza to M Samuels, FOUR! Stroked with brute force! A long hop on middle, Samuels goes deep inside the crease and plays a thunderous pull shot. Doesn't bother to keep it down and it screams through the gap between the square leg umpire and the backward square leg fielder for a boundary. 118/2

23.2 S Raza to M Samuels, Quicker this time, full outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder again. 114/2

23.1 S Raza to M Samuels, Flatter off spinner on off, defended off the front foot towards short cover. 114/2

22.6 G Cremer to S Hope, Another back foot punch by Hope but once again he fails to beat the cover fielder. 114/2

22.5 G Cremer to S Hope, Shortish and on off, Shai goes back and punches it to cover-point. 114/2

22.4 G Cremer to M Samuels, Soft hands. Samuels pushes it gently to covers for one. 114/2

22.3 G Cremer to S Hope, Flatter and shorter outside off, it's driven to sweeper, a single results one more time. 113/2

22.2 G Cremer to M Samuels, Flighted and on middle, flicked in front of square leg for a run. 112/2

22.1 G Cremer to M Samuels, Short and outside off, cut straight to the point fielder. 111/2

21.6 S Raza to M Samuels, Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. Terrific over, 3 runs and a wicket from it! 111/2

21.5 S Raza to M Samuels, Nearly goes back onto the stumps. Tries to drive it through the line but gets a inside edge. It rolls back and goes very closely past the leg pole. Ufff...that was very close. 110/2

21.4 S Raza to M Samuels, Outside off, tapped down to point. 110/2

21.3 S Raza to M Samuels, Slower ball, full and wide outside off, Marlon tries to drive but misses. 110/2

Marlon Samuels is the new batsman.

21.2 S Raza to E Lewis, OUT! It's that man again. Sikandar Raza. The golden-arm man. Clever change in pace by Raza. He bowled the first ball slower through the air but darts this one at 98 kph. Lewis tries flicking it on the leg side but fails to close the face of the bat in time. It pops out back to the bowler from the leading half of his bat and Raza accepts the return catch gleefully. Big, big blow to Windies. The set batsman is out of here. 180 more needed for a win. 110/2

Solomon Mire is off the field. Maybe, still feeling the effect of that blow he received while batting which also forced him to retire hurt.

21.1 S Raza to E Lewis, Straighter delivery, slower in pace, Lewis flicks it through mid-wicket and scampers back for the second run. 110/1

20.6 G Cremer to S Hope, Floated full ball on middle, Hope strides forward and defends it back to the bowler. 108/1

20.5 G Cremer to E Lewis, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 108/1

20.4 G Cremer to S Hope, Cremer is on the slower side but at the same time he is on the shorter side as well, Hope punches it to sweeper cover for one. 107/1

20.3 G Cremer to S Hope, Slower through the air, on and around off, 80 kph, Hope defends it with an angled bat to point. 106/1

20.2 G Cremer to S Hope, Slight miscommunication but no harm done. Flighted full on off, Hope pushes it with soft hands to covers and looks for a run. He is sent back immediately as the fielder attacks the ball. 106/1

20.1 G Cremer to S Hope, Tossed up ball on off, Hope lunges to meet the ball and defends it form the inside half of the bat. 106/1

19.6 S Raza to E Lewis, Flighted and on off, the batsman stays back footed as he plays it back towards the left side of the bowler. 106/1

19.5 S Raza to E Lewis, Shorter and on off, punched to sweeper cover for a couple of runs. 106/1

19.4 S Raza to E Lewis, Slower this time, a tossed up ball landing on middle, Lewis gets behind the line and defends it from the crease. 104/1

19.3 S Raza to S Hope, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 104/1

19.2 S Raza to S Hope, Slider outside off, skidding away, Hope is beaten as he attempts to drive. 103/1

19.1 S Raza to S Hope, Flatter and on off, Hope goes back and punches it to the off side, finds cover-point. 103/1

Sikandar Raza to bowl. An expected change after Chisoro went for aplenty in his last over.

18.6 G Cremer to S Hope, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 103/1

18.5 G Cremer to S Hope, Cremer gets away with a poor delivery. Short and outside off, Hope cuts but finds the point fielder. 102/1

18.4 G Cremer to S Hope, Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it back. 102/1

18.3 G Cremer to E Lewis, Short and pulled to deep square leg for a run. 102/1

18.2 G Cremer to S Hope, Goes on the back foot and punches it past the bowler for a single at long on. 101/1

18.1 G Cremer to S Hope, Gets forward to a full ball and drives it to extra cover. 100/1

17.6 T Chisoro to E Lewis, FOUR! This has been a very poor over by Chisoro. Every time he has bowled short, he has gone for a boundary. It's down the leg side and easily pulled behind square leg for a boundary. 15 from the over after the drinks break, the kind of start Windies would have liked. 100 up! 100/1

17.5 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Played to the point region by the batsman. Two runs added to the total. 96/1

17.4 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Flatter on middle, tapped from the back foot to the leg side. 94/1

17.3 T Chisoro to E Lewis, FOUR! Lewis brings up his second ODI fifty with a cracking back foot punch. Chisoro once again commits the sin of bowling short, it's outside off and Lewis eases himself on the back foot. He packs a punch and smashes it through covers for a boundary. Excellent knock by the opener so far, he dropped his guard a bit after losing Gayle and is playing a more sensible and watchful innings. Still a long way to go and Windies will hope he stays till the end. 94/1

17.2 T Chisoro to S Hope, Quicker one this time, Hope tickles it off his pads to the on side, finds the gap through mid-wicket for one. 90/1

17.1 T Chisoro to S Hope, FOUR! Chisoro starts off with a short ball outside off, easy pickings for the batsman. Hope uses the depth of his crease and pulls it powerfully to the deep mid-wicket fence. Mire in the deep had no chance. 50-run stand comes up! 89/1

Drinks are on the field.

16.6 G Cremer to S Hope, Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, worked to deep mid-wicket for a run. 85/1

16.5 G Cremer to S Hope, Tossed up delivery outside off, Hope drives it to covers. Raza makes an excellent save to deny some runs for the Windies. 84/1

16.4 G Cremer to E Lewis, Floated delivery worked on the leg side for a run. 84/1

16.3 G Cremer to E Lewis, Lewis pulls it to mid-wicket. 83/1

16.2 G Cremer to E Lewis, Lewis defends it off the front foot towards the bowler's right. Again a yes and no by the batsmen, but this time they decide against it. 83/1

16.1 G Cremer to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery, driven to covers. 83/1

15.6 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Punched off the back foot to long on for a run. 83/1

15.5 T Chisoro to S Hope, There was an opportunity to get a run out but that was sloppy by Muzarabani. Hope plays a quicker delivery with soft hands to point. His partner calls him for a single but Hope is against it. However eventually they decide to go for it. Had the fielder picked it up and given it to the bowler, Hope was out by miles. 82/1

15.4 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Punched to long off for a run. 81/1

15.3 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Chisoro fires it on the stumps, Lewis plays it back to the bowler. 80/1

15.2 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Loopy delivery outside off, driven to covers. 80/1

15.1 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery outside off, Lewis works it in between the point and short third man area. The batsmen pick up a brace. 80/1

14.6 G Cremer to S Hope, Flat and short outside off, played to point. 78/1

14.5 G Cremer to S Hope, FOUR! Short and asking for trouble. Hope lifts it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 78/1

14.4 G Cremer to E Lewis, Played to square leg for a run. 74/1

14.3 G Cremer to E Lewis, Yet another risky shot by Lewis. Flatter delivery on the leg stump, he flicks it to short fine leg. 73/1

14.2 G Cremer to E Lewis, FOUR! He is making it look so easy. Tossed up delivery outside off stump, Lewis leans into the drive and gets it through covers for a boundary. He is just 8 shy from reaching his half century. 73/1

14.1 G Cremer to S Hope, Driven to covers for a run. 69/1

13.6 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery, driven to mid off. 68/1

13.5 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Chisoro fires it full on the pads, Lewis sweeps it to short fine leg. That was a risky shot. Had he missed it, he was gone for all money. 68/1

13.5 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Chisoro drags it down the leg side. Lewis tries to hit it but fails to put bat to it. The umpire signals it a wide. 68/1

13.4 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Worked to mid-wicket for no run. 67/1

13.3 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Floated delivery, played back to the bowler. 67/1

13.2 T Chisoro to E Lewis, Flighted delivery on the batsman's hips, played to short fine leg. 67/1

13.1 T Chisoro to S Hope, Tossed up delivery around the off stump line, driven to sweeper cover for a run. 67/1

Tendai Chisoro comes into the attack.

12.6 G Cremer to E Lewis, Lewis defends it off the front foot by getting in line of the ball. 66/1

12.5 G Cremer to E Lewis, Flighted delivery on the middle stump, defended off the front foot by Lewis. 66/1

12.4 G Cremer to E Lewis, Punched off the back foot to covers. 66/1

12.3 G Cremer to S Hope, Tossed up delivery outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover for a run. 66/1

12.2 G Cremer to E Lewis, Worked to square leg for a single. 65/1

12.1 G Cremer to E Lewis, Tosses it up around off stump, Lewis defends it off the front foot. 64/1

11.6 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Length delivery towards the middle stump, played to point. 64/1

11.5 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Back of a length delivery outside off, played with soft hands to gully. 64/1

11.4 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off, Lewis works it to mid off for a run. 64/1

11.3 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Length delivery around off stump line, Lewis defends it from the crease. 63/1

11.2 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Similar delivery worked to third man for a run. 63/1

11.1 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery on the batsman's body, Lewis works it to mid-wicket for a run. 62/1

10.6 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off stump, Lewis works it to third man and keeps the strike for next over. 61/1

10.5 K Jarvis to E Lewis, FOUR! You can't afford to bowl loose deliveries like these. Too full and outside off, Lewis leans into the drive and gets it past covers for a boundary. 60/1

10.4 K Jarvis to S Hope, Full delivery on the middle stump line, driven to mid off for a quick single. 56/1

10.3 K Jarvis to S Hope, Back of a length delivery on the middle stump, played to point. 55/1

10.2 K Jarvis to S Hope, Jarvis lands it on a good length spot outside off, Hope tries to drive it but gets beaten. The ball jags back in and gets past his pads and bat. 55/1

10.1 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length ball, punched to sweeper cover for a run. 55/1

9.6 B Muzarabani to S Hope, SIX! What a shot! Short delivery banged in outside off stump, Hope pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Don't go by his height, he can clear the ground with ease. At the end of 10 overs, Windies are 54-1. 54/1

9.5 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Short delivery towards the batsman, Hope defends it off the back foot. 48/1

9.4 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Short delivery banged in outside off. Hope pulls it awkwardly towards mid off. 48/1

9.3 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Back of a length delivery, angling towards the batsman. Hope defends it form the crease. 48/1

9.2 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Slower delivery on the hips of the batsman, worked to short fine leg for a run. 48/1

9.1 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off stump, Lewis leaves it alone. 47/1

8.6 K Jarvis to S Hope, Back of a length delivery outside off, Hope punches it off the back foot to covers. Just a run off the over. 47/1

8.5 K Jarvis to S Hope, Length delivery outside off stump, Hope lets it be. 47/1

8.4 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery on the batsman's body, nudged to mid on off the back foot for a quick single. 47/1

8.3 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Full delivery on the middle stump line. Lewis drives it back, Jarvis extends his right hand and saves the on drive. 46/1

8.2 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Similar delivery and Lewis shoulder arms to it. 46/1

8.1 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Length delivery outside off stump, Lewis leaves it alone. 46/1

7.6 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Slower delivery full on the middle stump, played to the leg side. 46/1

7.5 B Muzarabani to S Hope, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 46/1

7.4 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Worked to mid-wicket for a single. 46/1

7.3 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery around off stump, defended off the back foot. 45/1

7.2 B Muzarabani to S Hope, DROPPED! But what an attempt... Catches like these have to stick. But you got to give credit for his effort. Zimbabwe are giving everything on the field today. Short delivery banged in towards the batsman, Hope goes for the pull but only manages to top edge it. The ball skies towards the fine leg region, Jarvis comes running across to his right from his position. He dives in and gets his one hand to it but fails to pouch it. The batsmen pick up a single. All his teammates are applauding him for his effort and so are my colleagues sitting over here. 45/1

7.1 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Short of a length around off stump, played to cover point. 44/1

6.6 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Short delivery on the middle stump line, Lewis punches it to mid on. 44/1

6.5 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Lewis works it to point. 44/1

6.4 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Angling away from the batsman, Lewis points his bat upwards. 44/1

6.3 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Full length delivery outside off, Lewis lets it be. 44/1

6.2 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Length delivery outside off stump, Lewis shoulder arms to it. 44/1

6.1 K Jarvis to E Lewis, SIX! There is no stopping Lewis even after Gayle's departure. Short delivery on his hips, he pulls it over square leg for a maximum. 44/1

5.6 B Muzarabani to S Hope, Short delivery outside off stump, Hope leaves it alone. 38/1

Shai Hope walks in next.

5.5 B Muzarabani to C Gayle, OUT! Muzarabani draws first blood and it's a big wicket. Chris Gayle will have a long walk back to the pavilion. Short and wide outside off, Gayle tries to heave it across the line but gets a thick edge which flies to the third man region. Jarvis comes charging in from his position and accepts the catch gracefully. Zimbabwe are delighted, they certainly know the value of this wicket. The crowd has gone mad as well. 38/1

5.4 B Muzarabani to C Gayle, Play and a miss. Muzarabani bangs it short, Gayle tries to pull it but misses. 38/0

5.3 B Muzarabani to E Lewis, Short delivery, played towards square leg for a run. 38/0

5.2 B Muzarabani to C Gayle, Gayle comes charging down and plays it in front of mid off for a quick single. 37/0

5.1 B Muzarabani to C Gayle, Starts by banging it short on the batsman's body. Gayle rocks back and defends it off the back foot. 36/0

4.6 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Well bowled! Length delivery on the off stump line. Lewis tries to defend it but gets the outside edge which flies past the slip region towards third man. They pick up a brace. 36/0

4.5 K Jarvis to E Lewis, FOUR! This time he finds the gap. He has been hitting it nicely but has been failing to find the gap. Back of a length outside off, Lewis waits back and punches it off the back foot past covers for a boundary. 34/0

4.4 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Similar delivery, played to covers for no run. 30/0

4.3 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off stump, punched to covers. The fielder does well to stop it. 30/0

4.2 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Length ball on the stumps, Lewis plays it off the front foot. 30/0

4.1 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off stump, punched to covers. 30/0

3.6 S Raza to C Gayle, Raza fires it full towards the batsman's legs, Gayle defends it off the front foot. 30/0

3.5 S Raza to C Gayle, SIX! Announcement of Gayle storm? Raza tosses it up on the batsman's legs, Gayle once again jumps out of the crease and lofts it over long on for half a dozen. This is what he is known for and not for some cheeky shots. 30/0

3.4 S Raza to C Gayle, SIX! It wasn't late that we would have seen this from Gayle. He comes dancing down and hits it straight over the bowler's head for a maximum. 24/0

3.3 S Raza to C Gayle, Did we just see Chris Gayle sweep? When was the last time we witnessed it? Tossed up delivery around the off stump line, Gayle sweeps it in air towards square leg. He is lucky that it landed in the vacant area. The batsmen pick up a brace. 18/0

3.2 S Raza to C Gayle, Gayle dances down the track and defends it off the front foot. 16/0

3.1 S Raza to C Gayle, Tossed up delivery on the middle stump line, Gayle defends it off the front foot. 16/0

2.6 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Short delivery outside off stump, played to point. 8 runs off this over. 16/0

2.5 K Jarvis to E Lewis, FOUR! Short and asking for trouble. Second boundary of the over. Jarvis bowls it on his hips, Lewis rocks back and pulls it to the square leg boundary. He is making full use of the Powerplay. 16/0

2.4 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length ball outside off, punched off the back foot to covers. 12/0

2.3 K Jarvis to E Lewis, FOUR! Short delivery banged in towards the batsman. Lewis goes in for the pull and gets it just over the mid on fielder for a boundary. 12/0

2.2 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Short delivery on the stumps, defended off the back foot from the crease. 8/0

2.1 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off, punched superbly to covers. 8/0

1.6 S Raza to E Lewis, Sloppy by the fielder at mid on. Bonus runs for Windies. Lewis nudges a full delivery on the stumps to mid on and calls his partner for a run. The fielder at mid on comes charging and has a wild throw at the striker's end. The keeper had no chance collecting it and the ball runs to the fence for a boundary at third man. 8/0

1.6 S Raza to E Lewis, Raza drags it wide down the leg side, the umpire signals it a wide. 3/0

1.5 S Raza to E Lewis, Raza flights it towards the batsman, Lewis defends it off the front foot. 2/0

1.4 S Raza to E Lewis, Flatter and full on the leg stump line, Lewis works it to square leg. 2/0

1.3 S Raza to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery, driven back to the bowler. 2/0

1.2 S Raza to E Lewis, Floated delivery towards the batsman, Lewis defends it back to the bowler off the front foot. 2/0

1.1 S Raza to C Gayle, Good delivery to start with. He tosses it towards the batsman in the middle stump line. Gayle tries to defend it, the ball finds the inside edge of the bat and rolls to short fine leg. They sneak in a run. 2/0

0.6 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot to mid off. Just one off the first over. 1/0

0.5 K Jarvis to E Lewis, DROPPED! A tough chance though. It would have been just the start they would have wished for had Raza managed to pocket it. Short delivery outside off stump, Lewis cuts it hard towards point. Raza dives to his left and gets his hand to it but fails to hold onto it. 1/0

0.4 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Back of a length delivery outside off stump, played off the back foot to point. 1/0

0.3 K Jarvis to E Lewis, Short delivery banged in outside off stump, Lewis punches it off his back foot to covers. 1/0

0.2 K Jarvis to C Gayle, First run for Windies. Short delivery on the batsman's body, Gayle works it to fine leg and opens his account with a single. 1/0

0.1 K Jarvis to C Gayle, Good start by Jarvis. He lands in on a good length spot outside off stump. Gayle tries to defend it but gets beaten. 0/0

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