West In­dies, Zim­babwe tie ODI

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAI HOPE’S maiden one-day hun­dred (101) proved in vain as West In­dies amaz­ingly squan­dered an ideal op­por­tu­nity for a sec­ond straight win in the TriNa­tions Se­ries by play­ing to a nerve-jan­gling tie with Zim­babwe here yes­ter­day.

Re­quir­ing a mere four runs from the last over in pur­suit of 258 for vic­tory at Queens Sports Club, the Caribbean side dra­mat­i­cally lost three wick­ets while scor­ing just three runs.

The task ap­peared a sim­ple one when cap­tain Ja­son Holder (4 not out) took a sin­gle to cover off the first ball of the over from seamer Don­ald Tiri­pano (2-26), but Car­los Brath­waite then lost the plot off the sec­ond de­liv­ery and was caught at long on for nine.

Off the very next de­liv­ery, Ash­ley Nurse was run out at the non-striker’s end with­out fac­ing a ball af­ter Holder struck a first drive back to Tiri­pano, who un­in­ten­tion­ally par­ried the ball on to the stumps, with Nurse short of his ground.

With vic­tory now be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­pli­cated, Holder scram­bled a leg bye off the fourth de­liv­ery, and left-han­der Jonathan Carter (1) swung the penul­ti­mate de­liv­ery of the game to square leg for a sin­gle to bring the scores level.

SHARE OF THE POINTS

Off the last ball of the con­test, Holder missed a waft at a widish full-length de­liv­ery and scam­pered off for a bye, but wick­et­keeper Peter Moor threw down the stumps to foil Carter’s dash to safety at the striker’s end, leav­ing Zim­babwe to cel­e­brate a share of the points.

All told, the Windies lost their last six wick­ets for 37 runs in the space of 32 balls in a stun­ning col­lapse.

They con­tin­ued at the top of the stand­ings on seven points, two clear of Sri Lanka, while Zim­babwe picked up their first points of the cam­paign to re­main bot­tom on two points.

Scores: Zim­babwe 257 off 50 overs (Craig Ervine 92, Sikan­dar Raza 77, Chamu Chib­habha 25; Car­los Brath­waite 4-48, Shan­non Gabriel 2-45, Ja­son Holder 247).

West In­dies 257 for eight off 50 overs (Shai Hope 101, Kraigg Brath­waite 78; Don­ald Tiri­pano 2-26, Sean Wil­liams 2-52).

HOPE

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