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World T20: Heartbreak for Scotland as Zimbabwe win match by 11 runs

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:53 IST

When a team finds itself at 61-5, chasing a total of 148 in the second innings in a T20 match, you know they're in trouble. Owing to some disciplined bowling by the Zimbabwean side, which is striving to re-establish itself in the international circuit, that is exactly what happened in Nagpur today.

Scotland finished their innings on 136 to suffer their second successive defeat in the tournament, and virtually ruling out any chance of qualification to the next stage.

In part, the Scots inflicted the defeat upon themselves. And in part, it was down to some excellent fielding by Zimbabwe. Once opener George Munsey was dismissed cheaply for 8, it was important that Zimbabwe secured the wicket of experienced campaigner Kyle Coetzer as well to truly cause some trouble to the Scottish batting order.

And a moment of brilliance from Sikandar Raza in the field ensured just that. Off the bowling of Chatara, Coetzer tried to smash the ball hard over extra cover. But Raza took arguably the catch of the tournament to send Coetzer packing back into the dugout, by flying mid air to his right. Jonty Rhodes would have been proud of that catch.

After the ten-over mark, a partnership of 51 between Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen gave hope to Scotland. But just as the partnership touched 50, Wellington Masakadza got Mommsen out, caught by substitute fielder Chibhabha.

The wickets kept tumbling, but the 16th over saw 18 runs scored by Scotland to bring the equation down to 30 needed off 18 balls, with three wickets remaining. However, Berrington's dismissal in the last ball of the 17th over all but ended Scotland's chances of salvaging anything from the match.

The Scots were all out for 136 in the last over, to end any hopes of qualifying for the next round. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, continued their winning run, and it could well come down to a crunch match against Afghanistan to decide which of the teams goes through to the next round of the world cup.

First published: 10 March 2016, 7:02 IST