The Zimbabweans started their tour of Europe with a loss against Scotland on Thursday. Now, they have a second chance to beat the home team and level the two match ODI series 1-1. The question is, will they do it or will Scotland win by 2-0? The interesting 2nd ODI between Scotland vs Zimbabwe is scheduled to start at 10:45 AM Local | 3:15 PM IST on Saturday, 17th June 2017.
After losing WCL one-day match to Namibia on Tuesday, it was a great win for Scotland on Thursday. Kyle Coetzer and co., defeated the test playing nation for the first time in ODI format and Zimbabwe was the victim. Now, Scotland has chance to win first ODI series against Zimbabwe with the second ODI on Saturday. In the first match, the Scottish team performed well with both bat and bowl. Captain Kyle Coetzer and Mathew Cross gave a solid start to their team with the opening partnership of 56 runs in 8 overs. Cross was the first man to be dismissed and he walked back for 33 runs. But, Kyle Coetzer who scored century against Namibia on Tuesday, played an another stunning knock on Thursday. His best form made him to score back-to-back hundreds and he scored 109 in the first ODI. These two openers may give another good stand and once that happens Scotland would score lot more runs once again.
Calum MacLeod who bats at no. 3, not in good form. He has scored only 35 runs in last 3 innings in this week. But, he is one of the main player in Scotland squad and would keep him in the XI on Saturday. Richie Berrington is pillar of Scotland’s batting order and he plays at no. 4. He scored 110 and 61 respectively against Namibia, but he missed to fire against Zimbabwe in the first ODI. That does not make him bad, he could come with big scores on Saturday. His part time bowling also gives you surprise points. Former skipper Preston Mommsen also in the team and he is yet to fire big in Scots home season. He managed to score only 10 runs in the first ODI on Thursday, but he is expected to play one good knock on Saturday. Back up wicket keeper Craig Wallace and all rounder Micheal Leask’s partnership brought in Scotland back into the match and both of them made a mark with half-centuries. Wallace who struggled against Namibia, batted very well against Zimbabwe by scoring 58 runs off 54 balls. All rounder Leask was back in the XI and he played his part with stunning 59 runs of just 38 balls. It was a breathtaking innings by Leask and he took the team to the score of 317 runs with his unbeaten innings. He also bowled with new ball, he did not pick wickets but bowled some good overs in his spell. After that performances Leask would keep his place safe in the XI for sure.
The vice-captain Con de Lange had a memorable day with his five wickets haul. He was expensive in this high scoring contest, but he picked crucial wickets at crucial times to ensure the victory for his team. He is capable with bat too, that means he could do well with both bat and ball on Saturday. Chris Sole had a good day with bowl, where he picked 1 for 40 in his 8 overs spell. Promising bowler in Scotland side, Alastair Evans remained wicket-less other day. But he is well experienced and he could come with wickets in this game. Safyaan Sharif was misfired with ball on Thursday, he is good strike bowler and that could help him to find a form back on Saturday. Josh Davey is in the squad too. Little chance for him to be XI on Saturday.
Zimbabwe started their busy away series with the first ODI against Scotland, but the result was not their favor as they lost the game by 26 runs (DLS method). Captain Graeme Cremer and the team fought hard while chasing the revised target of 299 runs, but bowled out for 272 runs in that game. It was not a great start as a team, but when look out individual performances, some players shined well. Tendai Chatara who leads the pace bowling attack these days for Zimbabwe, gone too expensive and managed to pick one wicket only. His new ball partner Richard Ngarava who impressed a lot against Afghanistan few months ago, conceded 96 runs in his 10 overs spell. But the spinners came to the rescue and all three of them bowled at under 5 RPO which helped the team to contain the opposition for 317 runs. With bat, openers Mazakadza and Mire gave a good start, but batsmen who followed them wasted the opportunities. Then, there was Sean Williams show followed by Malcolm Waller’s exceptional knock. Till those were not enough for the visitors to taste the victory other day.
Hamilton Mazakadza, the experienced opener played well along with Solomon Mire. Mazakadza approached well when chasing the big target of 318 runs, unfortunately he ran out for 38 runs. He is back in form in international arena with that 38 runs off 37 balls. That means he could keep his good show in the next game and play much better innings for his team. All rounder Solomon Mire conceded 19 runs in his 2 overs, but with bat he started with patience and geared up. When he started to play aggressively, he dismissed for 40 runs. But the hard-hitting batsman proved for the team in the past, may do the same on Saturday. There was lot of expectations on Craig Ervine who played crucial knocks for Zimbabwe over the years. But he failed to impress when he got out for 0. Sikandar Raza done his part so well with bowl, but failed with bat at no. 4. He picked a wicket for 43 runs in 10 overs spell and also bowled a maiden over. He came into the crease when Zimbabwe struggling with 97 for 3, but he walked back soon by ran out for 4 runs. With that wicket Zimbabwe was 4 down for 107 when rain came down heavily. Once the rain stopped, target was revised to 299 runs in 43 overs and 192 runs to get in remaining 21.3 overs. Sean Williams who scored 24 runs before the rain interruptions, restarted the innings with huge task ahead. He batted so well along with Malcolm Waller. Both the batsmen fought hard and scored half-centuries.
Zimbabwe started to trumbling once again when Williams dismissed for 70. Wickets were fallen at one side, but Waller continued his power-hitting other side. The lower-middle order batsman scored outstanding 92 runs in just 62 balls, but his dismissal in 41st over confirmed the win for Scotland. Waller who struggled get a place in playing XI, now cemented his place with that performances. Possibly he could offer similar innings on Saturday. Sean Williams who known as pillar of Zimbabwe also back to form with both bat and bowl. He picked 2 wickets for 48 runs in his 10 overs spell. If he provides another all round efforts, Zimbabwe could possibly level the series 1-1. Captain Cremer who used to play handy cameos in the lower order did not impressed with bat on Thursday. But he done well with bowl and that may repeat in this game as well. Among the bowlers, spinner Raza, Cremer and Williams pulled back things in middle-overs. But expensive spells by Chatara and Ngarava might make Cremer to think about and possibly do a change at least. Chris Mpofu and Donald Tiripano are in the side and either one of them would replaces Ngarava on Saturday. Also Chamu Chibhabha who capable of top-order batting and part time bowling, has chances to be in XI on Saturday.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Richie Berrington
- Mathew Cross
- Con de Lange
- Kyle Coetzer
- Preston Mommsen
- Alastair Evans
- Michael Leask
- Safyaan Sharif
- Hamilton Mazakadza
- Sean Williams
- Sikandar Raza
- Solomon Mire
- Graeme Cremer
- Craig Ervine
- Malcolm Waller
- Tendai Chatara
POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :
1. Kyle Coetzer, 2. Mathew Cross, 3. Calum MacLeod, 4. Richie Berrington, 5. Preston Mommsen, 6. Con de Lange, 7. Craig Wallace, 8. Michael Leask, 9. Safyaan Sharif, 10. Alastair Evans, 11. Chris Sole.
1. Solomon Mire, 2. Hamilton Mazakadza, 3. Craig Ervine, 4. Chamu Chibhabha / Ryan Burl, 5. Sean Williams, 6. Sikandar Raza, 7. Malcolm Waller, 8. Peter Moor, 9. Graeme Cremer, 10. Richard Ngarava / Chris Mpofu / Donald Tiripano, 11. Tendai Chatara.
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