Zim dump Scotland

NAGPUR - Scotland’s hopes of reaching the Super 10s stage of the ICC World T20 are over following an 11-run defeat to Zimbabwe in Nagpur yesterday.

Preston Mommen’s side were dismissed for 136 in 19.4 overs in reply to Zimbabwe’s 147-8 to suffer a second loss in as many games after Wednesday’s reverse against Afghanistan, with Wellington Masakadza’s 4-28 leaving Scotland still awaiting their first win at major ICC global event.

Zimbabwe, victorious over Hong Kong in their opener, are now in a strong position to advance from Group B and will secure progression to a pool featuring England, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka by beating Afghanistan on Saturday.

The African side made a clumsy start to their match against Scotland, though, with skipper Hamilton Masakadza (12) run out for the second game running after suffering a nasty collision with opening partner Vusi Sibanda that left Sibanda notably groggy and with a cut on his chin.

Sibanda (4) remained on the field following treatment but departed soon after when pulling Ali Evans (2-30) to deep square-leg, while Michael Leask caught Richmond Mutumbami (19) one-handed on the boundary at the second time of asking as the batsman looked to accelerate.

Sean Williams (53 from 36) struck six fours while amassing his third half-century in T20Is and Elton Chigumbura (20 from 17) blasted late runs, but spinner Matthew Watt (2-25) and seamers Josh Davey (0-21) and Safyaan Sharif (2-31) helped contain Zimbabwe to below 150.

Scotland’s innings, however, was in tatters within four overs as they crumbled to 20-4, with George Munsey (8), Matthew Cross (0), Matt Machan (9) and Kyle Coetzer (3) sent packing by a combination of Tendai Chatara (2-24) and Wellington Masakadza.

Munsey and Machan were stumped and caught at mid-on respectively having each just hit back-to-back boundaries, while Cross nicked off for a golden duck and Coetzer was caught superbly by a diving Sikandar Raza after looping to short cover.

Richie Berrington (36 from 39) and Mommsen (31 from 27) kept the Associate nation in the game with a sixth-wicket stand of 51, while No 9 Josh Davey (24 from 13) played an enterprising cameo that included two sixes, but Zimbabwe were not to be denied. — Sky Sports

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Good going guys

Nyakatawa Zuze - 11 March 2016

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