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Muzarabani holds nerve to give Zimbabwe thrilling tie

13 Mar 2018, 03:42 GMT+10

Zimbabwe and Scotland battled to a tie in a thrilling match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Both teams were already assured of a place in the Super Six stage ahead of this encounter, but there was no let up in intensity, nor in the interest of the fans, who once again turned out in big numbers and were treated to a nail-biting finish.

Scotland seemed to be cruising in pursuit of 211 during Richie Berrington and George Munsey's 76-run fifth wicket stand, but Berrington's dismissal for 47 gave Zimbabwe the chance they needed, and in a pressure-cooker atmosphere they chipped away to reduce Scotland to 171 for 8. No. 10 Mark Watt's brave hitting took Scotland to the brink, but when he fell in the penultimate over, the match turned again. Yet more drama was to follow, as a Blessing Muzarabani yorker tailed wide down the leg side wide to bring the teams level with six deliveries still to be bowled. Pulling his length right back, Muzarabani then had Brad Wheal caught behind with his next delivery to spark wild celebrations.

Zimbabwe's great escape brought an end to a topsy-turvy day in which both teams traded blows and the bowlers dictated the path of the match. After Zimbabwe opted to bat, Safyaan Sharif starred for Scotland with the ball, recording his maiden ODI five-wicket haul, while Michael Leask's offspin brought a career-best 4 for 37.

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