Zimbabwe in Scotland, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Scotland vs Zimbabwe - 1st T20I

Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh

Date & Time: 15 September 2021

Zimbabwe 134/9

RR: 6.7 | Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 7 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Wesley Madhevere c Matthew Cross (W) & b Safyaan Sharifc Matthew Cross (W) & b Safyaan Sharif0100
Tadiwanashe Marumani c Alasdair Evans & b Safyaan Sharifc Alasdair Evans & b Safyaan Sharif3900
Regis Chakabva lbw Mark Wattlbw Mark Watt171720
Craig Ervine c George Munsey & b Oliver Hairsc George Munsey & b Oliver Hairs262721
Sean Williams c Michael Leask & b Alasdair Evansc Michael Leask & b Alasdair Evans282821
Milton Shumba not out not out 453051
Ryan Burl bowled Safyaan Sharifbowled Safyaan Sharif1200
Luke Jongwe c Safyaan Sharif & b Chris Solec Safyaan Sharif & b Chris Sole2300
Wellington Masakadza bowled Safyaan Sharifbowled Safyaan Sharif1200
Tendai Chatara run out (Safyaan Sharif)run out (Safyaan Sharif)0100
Richard Ngarava not out not out 0000
Extras 11 (b 1, lb 3, w 7, nb 0)
Total 134 (9 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Wesley Madhevere,0.1), 5-2 (Tadiwanashe Marumani,2.2), 53-3 (Regis Chakabva,8.4), 58-4 (Craig Ervine,10.3), 112-5 (Sean Williams,16.4), 122-6 (Ryan Burl,17.5), 125-7 (Luke Jongwe,18.3), 133-8 (Wellington Masakadza,19.3), 133-9 (Tendai Chatara,19.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Safyaan Sharif4 0 24 4 6.00
Alasdair Evans4 0 21 1 5.25
Chris Sole4 0 24 1 6.00
Mark Watt2 0 17 1 8.50
Michael Leask4 0 25 0 6.25
Oliver Hairs2 0 19 1 9.50

Right. That is all we have from this game. Scotland go up in the series and would look to seal the series in the second T20I, whereas, Zimbabwe would want to bounce back in the next game. The second T20I will be played on Friday, 17th September 2021 at 2 pm local (1 pm GMT), but, the build-up will begin early. Do join us then. Cheers! 

The bowling by Scotland was good at the start, but they lost their way in the middle overs slightly as they were not able to contain a couple of the Zimbabwean batters, but, they bounced back really well towards the back end of the innings and that saw them end on the right side of the result. Safyaan Sharif was definitely the pick of the lot as he ended with figures of 4-0-24-4 and started and ended the innings well for the Scots. All of their bowlers bowled well and were very economical and with the exception of Michael Leask, all the bowlers had at least one wicket to their name. Overall, a combined bowling effort sees them go up in this series. 

Zimbabwe had a torrid start to the run chase as they lost both their openers in the span of the first three overs. They found it hard to keep the runs flowing but the duo of Regis Chakabva and Craig Ervine did well to stitch a stand of 48, but both of them could not go on for longer and they both lost their wicket. Milton Shumba and Sean Williams played smartly and ensured that they did not lose any more wickets as they forged a 54-run stand and they looked like they would take their team home, but, at the wrong time, Williams lost his wicket. Shumba tried hard towards the end but he was not able to help his team win the game. 

A superb bowling display and comeback from Scotland as they have won this game by 7 runs and they go 1-0 up in this 3-game T20I series! At one stage, it looked like Zimbabwe would run home with the game as they need just 33 in the last 4 overs, but the Scots held their nerve in the death to cross the line. 

19.6
1
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, Full ball, on off. Milton Shumba drives it hard towards long off and can only take a single. Scotland win the match by 7 runs and they go 1-0 up in the series.
19.5
0
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, Length ball, on middle. Milton Shumba heaves it towrads deep mid-wicket but does not take the run.

Richard Ngarava is the last man in but luckily for Zimbabwe, Milton Shumba is on strike. Zimbabwe need 9 from 2 balls. Can Shubma take this game to a Super Over?

19.4
0
Safyaan Sharif to Tendai Chatara, OUT! RUN OUT! Another one bites the dust! Tendai Chatara sacrifices his wicket for Milton Shumba. Length ball, on off. Tendai Chatara taps it to the right of the bowler and looks to take a run. Safyaan Sharif runs to collect the ball and then scampers through towards the non-striker's end to whip the bails off. Chatara is well short of his crease and he has to depart.

9 needed from the last 3 balls! Tendai Chatara strides out into the middle now! 

19.3
0
Safyaan Sharif to Wellington Masakadza, OUT! BOWLED! What a delivery this is from Safyaan Sharif! He serves in a yorker, around middle. Wellington Masakadza looks to dig it out but misses and the ball disturbs his stumps. Wellington Masakadza has to walk back to the pavilion.
19.2
0
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, Full ball, around leg. Milton Shumba shuffles across to scoop it but fails to get any bat on it. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly and the batters take a bye!
19.1
4
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, FOUR! A great start to the over for Zimbabwe. Length ball, down leg. Milton Shumba whips it off his pads through square leg for a boundary. 10 needed off 5 balls now! 
18.6
1
Chris Sole to Milton Shumba, Good-length ball, outside off. Milton Shumba taps it towards point for a run. 14 runs needed from the last over!
18.5
1
Chris Sole to Wellington Masakadza, Length ball, outside off. Wellington Masakadza looks to heave it but gets an inside edge behind the sticks. They sneak in a run.
18.4
1
Chris Sole to Milton Shumba, Full ball, outside off. Milton Shumba pushes it to cover for one.

Wellington Masakadza walks out! 

18.3
0
Chris Sole to Luke Jongwe, OUT! TAKEN! That is a fantastic catch from Safyaan Sharif at deep square leg. Length ball, down leg. Luke Jongwe flicks it towards the deep square leg region where Safyaan Sharif times his jump to perfection and completes a very tough catch.
18.2
1
Chris Sole to Milton Shumba, Full ball, outside off. Milton Shumba looks to dig it out but gets a leading edge towards third man for a run.
18.1
1
Chris Sole to Luke Jongwe, Length ball, outside off. Luke Jongwe pushes it to cover for one.
17.6
1
Safyaan Sharif to Luke Jongwe, Good-length ball, around off. Luke Jongwe taps it to point for a single. 19 runs needed from 12 balls! 

Luke Jongwe arrives! 

17.5
0
Safyaan Sharif to Ryan Burl, OUT! BOWLED! Safyaan Sharif strikes for Scotland this time! He serves a full ball, on middle. Ryan Burl looks to scoop it over the short fine leg fielder but he misses and the ball crashes onto his stumps. Huge wicket for Scotland as the dangerous Ryan Burl departs.
17.4
1
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, Good-length ball, on off. Milton Shumba comes down the track and pushes it to cover for a run.
17.3
6
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, SIX! SMASHED! Short ball, on middle. Milton Shumba hangs back and hammers it over the square leg region for a maximum!
17.2
1
Safyaan Sharif to Ryan Burl, Length ball, on the pads. Worked towards wide long on for a run.
17.1
1
Safyaan Sharif to Milton Shumba, Short ball, on middle. Milton Shumba pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Safyaan Sharif comes back to bowl! 

16.6
1
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, Length ball, outside off. Milton Shumba works it behind square on the off side and collects a run. 29 needed in 18 balls. 
16.5
0
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, Good-length ball, outside off. Milton Shumba pokes at it but misses as the ball zips past his outside edge.

Ryan Burl is the new man in! 

16.4
0
Alasdair Evans to Sean Williams, OUT! CAUGHT! Alasdair Evans has taken a crucial wicket here for Scotland and they are right back in it! Good-length ball, on off. Sean Williams lofts it high in the air towards Michael Leask at long on, who takes an easy catch.
16.3
1
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, Good-length ball, on leg. Milton Shumba turns it towards mid-wicket for a run.
16.2
2
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, Length ball, on the pads. Shumba turns it towards mid-wicket for a couple.
16.1
0
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, Good-length ball, on off. Shumba comes down and pushes it to cover.
15.6
6
Michael Leask to Sean Williams, SIX! That was huge! What a great over for the visitors as they get 14 from the over! This is loopy, around off, fuller too, Williams gets low and mows a slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket. 33 more needed from 24 balls! 
15.5
1
Michael Leask to Milton Shumba, Fuller, outside off, Shumba works this through mid off for a run. 
15.4
2
Michael Leask to Milton Shumba, On middle and leg, Milton pushes this into the gap through mid on and they come back for the second run. 
15.3
1
Michael Leask to Sean Williams, On middle again, swept this time, straight to deep square leg for one. 
15.2
4
Michael Leask to Sean Williams, FOUR! Zimbabwe are doing well to keep the boundaries coming. Fullish, floated too, on middle and leg, Williams gets low and powers his sweep behind deep square leg for a boundary. 
15.1
0
Michael Leask to Sean Williams, Around off, pushed to covers this time. 
14.6
4
Oliver Hairs to Milton Shumba, FOUR! SMASHED! Flatter ball, on middle and leg. Milton Shumba rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.5
1
Oliver Hairs to Sean Williams, Tossed up, outside off. Sean Williams pushes it to cover for a single.
14.5
0
Oliver Hairs to Milton Shumba, 2 Wides! Oliver sprays down leg. Milton Shumba misses the flick and the keeper fumbles. They take a run.
14.4
1
Oliver Hairs to Sean Williams, Flatter ball, on leg. Sean Williams flicks it towards deep square leg for a run.
14.3
1
Oliver Hairs to Milton Shumba, Quicker ball, darted on the pads. Milton Shumba works it on the leg side for one.
14.2
4
Oliver Hairs to Milton Shumba, FOUR! Lovely shot! Tossed up, on off. Milton Shumba advances down and lofts it over the bowler for a boundary.
14.1
0
Oliver Hairs to Sean Williams, Tossed up, on off. Sean Williams looks to sweep but misses and gets rapped on the pads. They take a leg bye.
13.6
0
Alasdair Evans to Milton Shumba, A bumper outside off, Shumba leaves it, probably thinks that this would be a wide, but the umpire is unmoved. 61 more needed in 36 balls. 
13.5
1
Alasdair Evans to Sean Williams, Sean Williams tucks this through square leg and hands the strike back to Milton. 
13.4
2
Alasdair Evans to Sean Williams, Good-length delivery, on middle, Sean flicks this one hard through mid-wicket and a couple of runs are taken.