Match report: Scotland v Zimbabwe

The second round of games at Nagpur got underway With Scotland playing Zimbabwe, Scotland desperate for a win in a global tournament in the 20th attempt and Zimbabwe looking to build on a good start against HGK.

Zimbabwe opened the batting getting to decent score of 147-7, about par but again, a few less than should have been achieved. Scotland collapsed spectaturarly, going 4 down within 4 overs, a spirited lower middle order partnership and lower order bashing brought them close, but in reality it was asking an awful lot at the end an Scotland weren’t up for it, being bowled out for 136.

Zimbabwe started slowly, getting to 17-0 after three overs, wth Masakazda hitting a couple of nice boundaries. In the fourth over though a fluke runout occurred. Sibanda on strike, cut Watt away towards cover point, calling Masakazda through for a single. Both batsmen watched the ball and found themselves on a collision course, hitting each other at near full pace. This cost masakazda his wicket as he could not recover in time to beat the throw to the strikers end.

Sibanda received on field treatment for a few minutes, with medics patching up a cut chin (from his helmet) and assessing for concussion. He was adjudged to be fit to carry on, however he did not last much longer at the crease holing out at deep square for 4 (12).

After Mutambami was dropped on the edge of the circle (and leaking 4) Zimbabwe were left on 30-2 at the end of the power play.

The pitch was slow, as it was a couple of days ago, and short pitched bowling with pace of the ball was the standard ploy for the pacemen on both sides throughout the match.

Williams and Mutumbami continued to build, the rate hovering around 6, until Mutambami fell on 19 (17). Going for the straight 6 off Watt, he picked out Leask in the deep, who spilled it, only to snatch it out of the air as he fell towards the ground. It was a sublime reaction catch from what should have been a straightforward catch.

Williams continued to score, going at a decent rate (striking roughly 150 throughout the innings) as Raza came and went 9(9).

The 100 came up at the start of the 15th over, with Williams on 44(26). Zimbabwe looked poised to go to to 150+.

Williams brought up his 50 from 31, only to fall soon after after sweeping a full toss to deep square for 56(36), Zimbabwe failed to continue upping the rate and eventually grafted to 147-7.

Davey (21-0) and Watt (21-2) both bowled very well.

Scotland came out against the Spin of Wellington Masakazda with Munsey facing, who played four reverse sweeps in his first five balls,collecting two 4’s for his troubles. After changing the field to accommodate for this, Munsey charged the last ball of the over, and was duly stumped.

Cross came in at three, and was caught behind first ball after hanging his bat outside of off playing, in truth, a non shot.  Machan, next man in, hit consecutive fours the next over all in the midwicket region only to be caught trying it a third time at mid off. It was needless play.

Coetzee, 3(3) after three overs then took on Chatara, connecting well to hit a drive down the ground, Raza had other ideas though and threw himself at it from short extra cover and caught it one handed (It rivals Masqood as the best catch of the tournament so far).

After four overs, Scotland were sat on 22-4, looking like they had thrown it away, and in truth they had.

Least fell for 9(13) after a 20 run partnership with Berrington, bringing Mommsren the crease and a period of stability and good run scoring, with a 50(41) partnership blossoming, until the next ball, the it ended with Mommsen slapping a ball straight down covers throat for a well played 31(27).

In the last five overs, Scotland were on 95-7, with victory looking increasingly unlikely. Davey hit Chatara hard, with two 6’s and a 4 in the 17th over, leaving the equation 30 off 18.

Scotland then lost their momentum, with Tiripano and Panyangara choking the life of out of Scotlands chase, Berrington 36(39) and Davey 24(13) falling along with the rest of the liine-up, as Scotland were bowled out for 136.

Masakazda took 28-4 and Tiripano 20-2 off 3.4

Final thoughts

Sibanda didn’t field. his chin was patched up so it ws presumably a head concern. He should not have come back on in my opinion. Sport should take concussion more seriously. He could have retired hurt and been properly assessed and monitored for half and hour or more before maybe coming back on if needed.

Scotland top order lost their head, with the exception of the Coetzer, who can count himself unlucky. Both teams bowled well, using slow ball and short pitched bowling well.

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