Zim lose N Zealand se­ries

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­yuki

ZIM­BABWE let an­other win slip off their hands when they lost the third and fi­nal ODI by 38 runs against New Zealand to suf­fer a 2-1 se­ries loss at Harare Sports Club yes­ter­day.

Win­ning the toss, Zim­babwe put in the tourists to bat first get­ting 273/6 in their al­lot­ted 50 overs a tar­get which they could have eas­ily reached given the way they started after lunch, but they lost too many wicket – some un­nec­es­sar­ily.

In the morn­ing, the Zim­babwe bowl at­tack led by Graeme Creamer did a won­der­ful job as he bagged three wick­ets to fin­ish with fig­ures of 3-44 in his 10 over spell, claim­ing the scalps of opener Gup­till (42), Munro (9) and El­liot (36).

John Nyumbu com­ing in for Pros­per Ut­seya who was rested for the fi­nal game fin­ished with fig­ures of 2-52 in his 10 over spell Latham (16) and Wil­liamson (90 off 109 with eight fours and a six) both fall­ing to him.

Just when the bowlers did well, the bats­man failed to come to the party in what was a get­table tar­get, let­ting the game eas­ily run away from them as they crum­bled after opener Chamunorwa Chib­habha (32 off 65) feel to leave his side at 97/1 in the 23rd over.

Masakadza after post­ing his 29th ODI half cen­tury was soon do­ing so just in the next over, cap­tain El­ton Chigum­bura did not last long ei­ther all three go­ing out in less than 20 runs and were 114-3.

The 45-run fourth wicket part­ner­ship of Zim­babwe’s top scorer Sean Wil­liams (63) and Ervine – who was run out after post­ing 32 runs – seemed to breathe life into Zim­babwe’s chase but there were no more bats­man able to oc­cupy the crease with Wil­liams for a win.

And de­spite the fact that Masakadza and Wil­liams both man­aged half cen­turies, they did not get enough sup­port from the rest of the team Chib­habha and Ervine be­ing the only other play­ers who man­aged over seven runs.

Zim­babwe cap­tain Chigum­bura knows his bat­ting de­part­ment did not have the grit and failed to turn up where it mat­tered the most, aim­ing to make sure they do not re­peat the same mis­takes in two months time.

“New Zealand played well, es­pe­cially upfront but out bat­ting let us down, it was a rea­son­able tar­get. We laid the foun­da­tion and some play­ers man­aged to get runs but it’s some­thing to learn from. Pak­istan are com­ing in six weeks so we need to make sure we pull things up from where we need to learn.”

It was Mitchelle McCle­naghan with the ball who caused most of the trou­ble for the Zim­bab­weans hav­ing given New Zealand the first break­through when he cas­tled Chib­habha to break the first wicket part­ner­ship with Masakadza.

He was back to haunt Zim­babwe again in the 48th over where he made sure the duo of Ti­nashe Panyan­gara and Neville Madziva went back to the pavil­ion within a space of three de­liv­er­ies to close the game.

Man-of-the-Match Wil­liamson with his 90 was also named Man-of-the-Se­ries.

“The wicket was tough and they bowled very well but the way boys stuck it in and put on that score was com­pet­i­tive. We knew that if we could get one we could put them un­der pres­sure. It was a fan­tas­tic and well-fought se­ries.

“Tough se­ries and adapt to con­di­tions, most pleas­ing thing for me was learn­ing from each game. We’ve got a strong squad and we came here look­ing to be as com­pet­i­tive as we could be in the busy sched­ule. Th­ese are step­ping stones for us, there’s still the T20 left so we’re look­ing for­ward to that,” said Wil­liamson.

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