Desk-toppers Zimbabwe run into Windies in high-stakes conflict
The 2 groups are within the high three on the Tremendous Sixes desk, and know that the end result of this sport might have a huge impact on their fast future.
Zimbabwe v Windies
Harare Sports activities Membership, Harare
CWCQ Tremendous Sixes Match 5
Monday 19 March; 09:30 native, 7:30 GMT
On six events previously, beginning all the best way again in 1983 and stopping over in 1992, 1996, 2007 and 2015, these two groups have confronted off within the ICC Cricket World Cup itself. For the 2019 version, although, they’ve needed to undergo the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, and carried out properly to remain in competition for these two prized slots.
As issues stand, with all groups having performed the identical variety of video games, Zimbabwe are No.1 on the Tremendous Sixes desk with 5 factors, the identical as Scotland, whereas Windies are at No.three with 4 factors after the reversal towards Afghanistan.
The sport between Zimbabwe, the hosts, and Windies, the two-time world champions, subsequently turns into an enormous one, maybe the most important of the competitors thus far just because they’ve probably the most worldwide skilled among the many 10 collaborating groups, Windies way more than Zimbabwe. And after they exit at Harare Sports activities Membership on Monday 19 March, there shall be two groups that really feel they’ve a proper to be in the UK in the summertime of 2019.
Windies had an all-conquering run in Group A, and began the Tremendous Sixes with the utmost doable 4 factors within the bag. Then got here the hiccup. Afghanistan, extra down and up in Group B, had their spinners operating rings across the Windies batsmen to limit them to 197/eight. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf picked up seven wickets between them. Afghanistan’s chase wasn’t a simple affair, and the Windies bowlers despatched seven of the batsmen again maintaining the innings going until the 48th over earlier than the job was carried out.
It resulted in favour of Afghanistan, and that has set Windies again a bit. However the 4 factors they needed to begin with has meant that they’re nonetheless very a lot within the race, and in place too.
For Windies, the issue is when their large hitters don’t hearth. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis on the high, and Rovman Powell later, are the boys with the highly effective photographs. There are sufficient batsmen to maintain the innings regular, with the likes of Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Jason Holder all able to consolidation and brick-laying. However, on proof, if Gayle or Lewis don’t hearth on the high, the crew is ready again.
Holder, in actual fact, has led by instance by way of the event, and is Windies’ highest run-getter in addition to highest wicket-taker, with 201 and 10 respectively. Aside from him, Kemar Roach has been efficient with the ball, and Keemo Paul was spectacular in his first outing, towards Afghanisan, maintaining issues tight and selecting up a few wickets.
Zimbabwe’s story, in the meantime, isn’t too completely different from that of Windies. Like Holder, Sikandar Raza has been the talisman for them, aggregating 263 runs and selecting up 11 wickets at an financial system price of three.75 from 5 video games. Brendan Taylor has been the opposite batting stalwart. He has appeared hungry for another splash on the World Cup, scoring 304 runs and partnering Raza in most issues good about Zimbabwe thus far.
Past them, although, it has been a mediocre run for Zimbabwe batting-wise. Cephas Zhuwao has began with a bang most instances however not been in a position to stick with it, whereas Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine have solely performed one good innings apiece. Sean Williams, the opposite large title within the batting division, hasn’t fairly come to the celebration but both.
The great issues from Zimbabwe’s standpoint is that Raza has had a variety of help with the ball – Graeme Cremer, the captain, has been among the many most miserly within the event, whereas Tendai Chisoro has made a mark too. Among the many pacers, Brian Vitori’s suspension did come as an enormous blow to the crew, and whereas Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani and Kyle Jarvis have carried out their finest, they’ve been a bit under par.
It wants to return collectively for Zimbabwe in maybe their hardest take a look at within the competitors, which can be the case for Windies. If all weapons blaze, it ought to make for a cracking contest.
Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe): He has been the standout star of the event, and whereas it’s troublesome to select his finest efficiency, the innings within the final sport towards Eire deserves point out just because it underscored Raza’s willpower and drive to get to the World Cup. The full was 87/5 when he walked in, and have become 139/7 not lengthy after, however Raza packed away all his large photographs and ensured that he batted until the top of the 50 overs. Chisoro was a prepared ally, and Raza did the job, ending on an unbeaten 69, opening up in the direction of the top to hit two sixes off Barry McCarthy within the last over. If he retains doing the job with bat and ball, Zimbabwe will stand in good stead.
Chris Gayle (Windies): When he scored 123 in 91 balls in his first match of the event, it appeared like Gayle was within the temper and sustain the great run. It hasn’t fairly been the case, and the 46 towards the Netherlands has been his solely different contribution of substance. It’s time now for him to dwell as much as his fame. Windies are nonetheless within the race, however one other defeat may put them out of it, and it’s the right stage for the large man to ship.
Huge totals have been at a premium, however Zimbabwe and Windies are each able to turning it on and entertaining the group regardless of the wear-and-tear on the pitch. The climate must be good come match day, with the temperature within the mid-20s and a few clouds hovering about.
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Cephas Zhuwao
Windies: Jason Holder (c), Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams