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Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 13th Match, Group A at Harare, Jun 24 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier

13th Match, Group A, Harare, June 24, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
(44.4/50 ov, T:269) 233

Zimbabwe won by 35 runs

Player Of The Match
68 (58), 2/36 & 2 catches
Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe 268/10(49.5 overs)
3/61 (10)
50 (57)
2/42 (10)
West Indies 233/10(44.4 overs)
56 (72)
3/52 (9.4)

5:15pm Phew, what an emotional rollercoaster that was - not just for the players but for everyone watching, at home and at the venue. In the end, Zimbabwe held their nerve. West Indies did not. This will also have ramifications moving forward, with Zimbabwe now guaranteed to enter the Super Six phase with four points, having already defeated Netherlands and West Indies (the two other teams that have qualified from this group).

All those calculations, though, are better left for another day. Today is all about lauding Zimbabwe and enjoying how they seemingly pulled a victory out of the fire. It was a pleasure bringing this game to you, and we hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we loved bringing it to you. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Madushka, M Venkat Raghav and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Goodbye and take care!

Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe captain: (Fitness concern) Looks like I have picked up a little calf strain and did not want to aggravate it. (On how tough it was to not be on the field) I would rather be out in the middle than sitting in the balcony and watching the boys play. Sean Williams is a very experienced campaigner and it looked like he had everything under control all the way through. Losing the toss and having to bat first, those 10-15 overs was quite tricky to navigate. The wicket was a little two-paced to begin with. We did well to not lose early wicket and that gave us a bit of breathing space (towards the end and in the middle overs). Raza and Burl batted brilliantly for their 100-run stand. We did feel that we were maybe 20-30 short of what would probably be a winning score. It is always going to be tough (mentally). We have talked about treating every game and opposition the same. Today has been quite an emotional day for everybody and it is not a long time before we have to come back and play again on Monday. (On the crowd) Thank you to all the supporters who came out and supported us. The crowd was absolutely phenomenal and hopefully we can see such a crowd again.

Shai Hope, West Indies captain: Too much is on my mind right now, not sure if I can explain it. Lot of hurting and very disappointed but the tournament is not over yet. The aim is to play our best cricket, regardless of whoever we play. We let ourselves down int eh field and that cost us. If we were asked to chase (that score) before the game, we would have taken it. There will be challenges, both on and off the field. We have to make sure we harden ourselves and understand what we have to do moving forward. (Wish-list moving forward) I think it is best for us to have a day off to get all of this out of our systems and come back on Monday. We know we have our work cut out. (On what went wrong) Catches, plain and simple. We always ask our bowlers to create chances and they did. And then, (we made mistakes) with the bat.

Sowmya : "Goosebumps !!! The Harare crowd won the match as much as their heroes did!!! Home Support does fire the team up !!!"

Sikandar Raza, Player of the Match: All I asked from the boys was fight and courage out there. As long as we are doing that, the skills will look after themselves - we are not far away from the best in the world. Our bolwing has been amazing. (On the score) I personally thought we were 20-30 runs short. But the hunger we have, to win this game and to get to India, that took care of the runs we were short of. We always believed in them (our bowlers). We never doubted them and no better place to stand up. They are the ones who really won us that match. (On the crowd support) I don't think so we could have won with our skills only. The crowd played a big part and we are going to do a lap of honour now.

4:54pm Oh my word, it will take quite a bit for that to sink in. Just imagine the range of emotions those at the venue must be going through. This was the West Indies' game to win. They had restricted Zimbabwe to a very chaseable total and then looked in fine fettle with Hope and Pooran at the crease. But once their captain Hope departed, their hopes seemed to evaporate too. Pooran was trapped lbw and none of their lower order could stand up. Chase tried to hold things together but he simply ran out of partners, before dragging on a short delivery off Chatara.

As much as this was a game the West Indies lost, take nothing away from Zimbabwe. They ensured they got up to a defendable total (don't forget the last-wicket partnership that ultimately got them up to 268). Then, with the ball, they fought back superbly in the second half of the powerplay. They kept the pressure on, even as Mayers and Pooran threatened to break the shackles and when push came to shove, their bowlers kept attacking the stumps and forced the West Indian batters into mistakes.

Chatara to Alzarri Joseph, OUT

Raza pouches it! Zimbabwe win, and just listen to that crowd go! Full and slanted into the pads. Joseph comes forward and tries to flick it away. The only problem, though, is that he hits it uppishly and towards Raza, who is never going to drop such a clutch chance! Agony for the West Indies; pure ecstasy for Zimbabwe!

Alzarri Joseph c Sikandar Raza b Chatara 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 9m) SR: 37.5
Chatara to Alzarri Joseph, no run

huge appeal, not given! Drama! Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Joseph goes nibbling at it and seems to get beaten. Zimbabwe are adamant he has nicked it but the umpire says no

Chatara to Hosein, 1 run

length delivery on middle and leg stump. Hosein comes forward and works it towards deep mid wicket for one

Chatara to Hosein, no run

banged into the track on middle and leg stump. It bounces awkwardly and Hosein, jumping around his crease, does well to fend it into the ground

Chatara to bowl out

Prashant Saxena: "This Zimbabwe team has gelled up quite good. I think they can produce a few upsets in the world cup" -- Agree with the first point definitely. But there is still a lot of cricket to be played between now and the World Cup, including this game, which is not over yet...

end of over 447 runs
WI: 232/9CRR: 5.27 RRR: 6.16 • Need 37 from 36b
Alzarri Joseph3 (6b)
Akeal Hosein2 (6b)
Sikandar Raza 8-0-36-2
Tendai Chatara 9-0-51-2
Raza to Alzarri Joseph, 2 runs

fired into leg stump. Joseph uses the angle and tucks it off his pads towards deep backward square leg for a brace

Raza to Alzarri Joseph, no run

shortish delivery on off stump. Joseph helps it towards short mid wicket

Raza to Alzarri Joseph, no run

full delivery on middle and off stump. Defended back to the bowler

Uwaisul Karnain: "Believe m e or not, Alzarrie Joseph averages 70.00 at no. 11 in ODIs" -- WI would not mind if that nudges close to 100 by the end of this game....

Raza to Alzarri Joseph, no run

length delivery on middle and off stump. Joseph turns it towards short mid wicket

Raza to Hosein, 1 run

back of a length delivery at the stumps again. Hosein knocks it down the ground for one

Raza to Hosein, no run

back of a length delivery on middle and off stump. Hosein pats it back to the bowler

Raza to Alzarri Joseph, 4 wide

back of a length delivery speared down the leg side. Joseph swings and misses. The keeper cannot gather either. Short fine leg pulls it back in but not before the batters have run three

Raza to continue

end of over 433 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 225/9CRR: 5.23 RRR: 6.28 • Need 44 from 42b
Alzarri Joseph1 (2b)
Akeal Hosein1 (4b)
Tendai Chatara 9-0-51-2
Sikandar Raza 7-0-29-2
Chatara to Alzarri Joseph, 1 run

full delivery angled into middle and off stump. Joseph flicks it towards mid on and gets off the mark. The fielder hit the stumps at the bowler's end but Joseph had made his ground comfortably. In fact, he was past the stumps!

Chatara to Alzarri Joseph, no run

back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Joseph drops it into the off side

Joseph is the last batter in. The crowd, in chorus, is asking for just one more wicket...

Chatara to Chase, OUT

chops it on! Harare breaks into an absolute cacophony of noise! Is that the game? Short delivery outside off stump. Chase thinks it is wide enough to cut but the ball might have just come back a shade. In the end, he does not have as much room to work with and he drags it back onto his stumps. Chase is utterly disconsolate; Zimbabwe, jubilant!

Roston Chase b Chatara 44 (53b 3x4 0x6 83m) SR: 83.01

pramod: "great captaincy - every time he changed bowler got rewarded"

Chatara to Hosein, 1 run

back of a length delivery on middle and leg stump. Hosein tips it down the ground and dashes across to the other end

Chatara to Hosein, no run

length delivery outside off stump. Hosein presses forward and defends with an open bat face towards point

Chatara to Chase, 1 run

back of a length delivery on off stump. Chase pulls it on the bounce to deep square leg

The atmosphere at the ground is just incredible. The crowd might even be sensing a victory now. But to be fair to them, they have been behind Zimbabwe all day long, and the hosts seem to have fed off that energy so far, especially in clutch moments...

end of over 423 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 222/8CRR: 5.28 RRR: 5.87 • Need 47 from 48b
Akeal Hosein0 (2b)
Roston Chase43 (51b 3x4)
Sikandar Raza 7-0-29-2
Tendai Chatara 8-0-48-1
Raza to Hosein, no run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Hosein comes forward tentatively and prods it into the on side

Raza to Hosein, no run

back of a length delivery on middle and off stump. Hosein hangs back and pokes it towards short mid wicket

Hosein in at 10

Raza to Paul, OUT

It is that man Sikandar Raza again! Length delivery on middle and off stump and like Chase earlier in the over, Paul tries to be too funky. That is the worst shot to play, though, considering the situation and he, unsurprisingly, does not make contact. Gets rapped right in front of middle stump and the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. West Indies are reeling now!

Keemo Paul lbw b Sikandar Raza 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 16.66
Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Sikandar Raza
68 runs (58)
6 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
1 four0 six
KR Mayers
56 runs (72)
8 fours1 six
Productive shot
square drive
12 runs
3 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
TL Chatara
KMA Paul
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4597
Hours of play (local time)9.00 start, First Session 9.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.00, Second Session 13.00-16.30
Match days24 June 2023 - day (50-over match)
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Match Referee
PointsZimbabwe 2, West Indies 0
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