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Sikander Raja, Tendai Chisoro and D/L method place Zimbabwe into Tri-Series final

Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series,

6th Match: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Nov 25, 2016

Zimbabwe won the toss and chooses to bat first. But Zimbabwe had the pathetic start as the lost their first wicket at the score of 18 runs. Chamu Chibhabha was clean bold by Holder on just 9 runs. In the 12th over Zimbabwe lost the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza; he was bold by Bishoo on 20.  After that Zimbabwe lost 5 quick wickets and Zimbabwe was abridged to 89/7 and was in huge trouble.

It was Sikander Raja 76* who was holding the innings on one end and was well supported Tendai Chisoro 42* as both of them added unbeaten 91* run partnership to set a new record for ninth-wicket stands by Zimbabwe in ODIs.

Both added 50 runs in final 5 over’s of the innings and helped Zimbabwe to post a total of 218 runs on the board. West Indian spin duo Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse both ended up picking 3 wickets each. In reply, the West Indies not have the best of start they were looking for as they lost their first 3 wickets under 40 runs and were reduced to 124 for five in the 28th over when rain returned to bring the match to an impetuous finish, leaving them short of the Duck worth-Lewis equal. Tendai Chisoro and Williams picked 2 wickets apiece.

Hosts Zimbabwe will now face Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final at the same venue.

Zimbabwe 218/8 49
West Indies 124/5 27.3
Zimbabwe won by 5 runs (D/L method)
Points Table
Teams Match Won  Lost Tied N/R Points NRR
Sri Lanka 4 2 1 0 1 11 +0.488
Zimbabwe 4 1 1 1 1 8 -1.020
West Indies 4 1 2 1 0 7 +0.315

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