SPORTS

Zimbabwe Pushes West Indies On The Backfoot

In comes Chatara to Joseph, and he is OUT

Raza grabs that one!

He holds on to the catch. Zimbabwe wins, yes, they win, and just listen to that crowd go!

That’s all she wrote: Zimbabwe 268, West Indies 233

Zimbabwe won by 35 runs.

Agony for the West Indies; pure ecstasy and joy for Zimbabwe!

The fat lady sings, and it’s all over!

This is how both captains sum up the match:

Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe captain: (Fitness concern) “Looks like I have picked up a little calf strain and did not want to aggravate it. (On how tough it was to not be on the field) I would rather be out in the middle than sitting in the balcony and watching the boys play. Sean Williams is a very experienced campaigner and it looked like he had everything under control all the way through. Losing the toss and having to bat first, those 10-15 overs was quite tricky to navigate. The wicket was a little two-paced to begin with. We did well to not lose early wicket and that gave us a bit of breathing space (towards the end and in the middle overs). Raza and Burl batted brilliantly for their 100-run stand. We did feel that we were maybe 20-30 short of what would probably be a winning score. It is always going to be tough (mentally). We have talked about treating every game and opposition the same. Today has been quite an emotional day for everybody and it is not a long time before we have to come back and play again on Monday. (On the crowd) Thank you to all the supporters who came out and supported us. The crowd was absolutely phenomenal and hopefully, we can see such a crowd again.”

Shai Hope, West Indies captain: “Too much is on my mind right now, not sure if I can explain it. Lot of hurting and very disappointed but the tournament is not over yet. The aim is to play our best cricket, regardless of whoever we play. We let ourselves down int eh field and that cost us. If we were asked to chase (that score) before the game, we would have taken it. There will be challenges, both on and off the field. We have to make sure we harden ourselves and understand what we have to do moving forward. (Wish-list moving forward) I think it is best for us to have a day off to get all of this out of our systems and come back on Monday. We know we have our work cut out. (On what went wrong) Catches, plain and simple. We always ask our bowlers to create chances and they did. And then, (we made mistakes) with the bat.”

Both teams have already advanced to the Super 6 stage. Zimbabwe will play the USA in their last group game on Monday while, on the same day, the West Indies will face the Netherlands.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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