Third one-day international

Zimbabwe v England

At Harare, October 7. England won by four wickets. Toss: Zimbabwe.

Thanks to a monumental innings by Andy Flower - his undefeated 142 matched the highest one-day score for Zimbabwe - this was much the best contest of the five. Even so, England clinched the series. Though Hussain lost his 12th consecutive toss, Zimbabwe made another poor start, with some abysmal shot selection in the face of another hostile spell from Hoggard, who took five wickets. This seemed only to deepen Flower's determination: he played magnificently, with 16 fours and a six in 128 balls, although there were ugly scenes when, on 99, he and Foster squared up after an appeal for a catch behind. Both players, and Hussain, were severely reprimanded by the referee, although the spat did not stop Flower joining the others at Essex in 2002. Streak made 56 in a stand of 130 with Flower, a seventh-wicket record in one-day internationals. But he injured his leg, needed a runner and left Zimbabwe a bowler short. Ramprakash responded with his most enterprising innings of the series. Pressure mounted after he was run out, but England's consistent middle order proved too strong. Collingwood and Flintoff milked the spinners, then Snape impressed with his perky batting and helped Hussain (dropping to No. 7 after injuring his calf ) see England home.

Man of the Match: A. Flower.

© John Wisden & Co
 
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