Cricket News: The wonderful game of cricket never ceases to astound spectators with uncommon and unbelievable events taking place on the pitch. Cricketers have a tendency to produce match-winning contributions with spectacular individual performances, ranging from batters smashing six sixes in an over to bowlers taking a hattrick. However, how often do we see a side come together and grab four wickets in four balls?
The bizarre sequence of events occurred during the second Twenty20 International between Zimbabwe and Scotland on Friday at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh. The visitors were in a do-or-die situation after losing the first match of the three-match series. They were in trouble after deciding to bat first, with a score of 20/3, but Sean Williams’ unbeaten 60-run knock helped Zimbabwe to a fighting total of 136/5 after 20 overs.
Scotland’s top order is destroyed by bowlers, but the home side comes back
Craig Ervine’s team was never going to have an easy time defending such a little target. The squad, on the other hand, was adamant about not giving up! With the new ball, Tendai Chatara and Richard Ngarva bowled a breath-taking opening spell, dismantling Scotland’s top order and reducing them to 16/4 in 4.1 overs.
This is when Matthew Cross and Richie Berrington teamed together for a 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Scotland needed 46 runs in the last six overs with five wickets remaining, and the equation shifted in their favour.
In the final few overs, Zimbabwe stage an incredible comeback
Despite the game nearly slipping away from them, the visitors remained optimistic. Both Berrington and Cross were dismissed in the next few overs, bringing Zimbabwe back into the game. Wellington Masakadza was brought back into the attack with 13 runs needed in the final over, and what occurred next was extremely spectacular. This is how the twentieth century unfolded:
19.1 –Masakadza bowled a delivery wide of off stump, and Safyaan Sharif mistimed his hit, allowing the ball to fall to Ryan Burl at long-off for a straightforward catch. Scotland – 124/7
19.2 –Michael Leask was on strike for the next delivery after the batsmen had crossed each other. He could only get the ball too long-on and had to call for a double. Mark Watt was run out by Sean Williams’ superb toss from the non-end. striker’s Scotland. – 125/8
19.3 – Michael Liask was back on strike, and he attempted yet another big hit. This time, he received a heavy edge as the ball was beautifully taken by a diving Sean Williams at the long-on boundary. Scotland – 125/9
19.4 – Alasdair Evans hammered the ball wide of long-on as the batters sped through the first run and considered swiping the second. As a result, there was a mismatch in the wickets. Evans was run out fairly comfortably by Regis Chakabva, who tossed the ball. Scotland – 126/10
#2ndT20I | RESULT: 🇿🇼 beat 🏴 by 10 runs to level 3-match series 1⃣-1⃣
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) September 17, 2021
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