Richie Berrington, Sharif star in Scotland’s seven-run win over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I.

Richie Berrington, Sharif star in Scotland's seven-run win over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I.

Richie Berrington, Sharif star in Scotland's seven-run win over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I.

Richie Berrington crushed an unbeaten 82 preceding Safyaan Sharif got four wickets to assist Scotland with taking a 1-0 lead with a seven-run prevail upon Zimbabwe in the opening T20I. Set 142, Zimbabwe were battling at 58 for 4 in the eleventh over however figured out how to draw near in view of Milton Shumba’s unbeaten 45. In any case, Sharif safeguarded 14 in the last over to guarantee the hosts got the early series lead.

 

Scotland’s initial falter

After Kyle Coetzer decided to bat, Scotland were shaken early and before long wound up reeling at 30 for 4 inside the powerplay. Chatara stowed two of the main four to fall – Coetzer and MacLeod – while Wellington Masakadza and Richard Ngarava likewise helped the side make a decent beginning. Matthew Cross and Richie Berrington steadied the innings with their 45-run stand however it was the last’s knock that assisted Scotland with setting up a battling score.

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The Berrington show

Berrington made a consistent beginning and as wickets fell around him – he gradually moved from being 14 off 15, to 20 off 19. The primary indication of hostility came in the 10th over as he struck a six and a four against Masakadza. Scotland were 75 for 5 in the twelfth over when Cross fell however Berrington figured out how to revitalize some help from Michael Leask and Sharif.

He arrived at his 50 years with a six in the fourteenth over – off 41 balls – and took the side to 97 for 5 of every 15. Scotland scored just 44 in the last five overs as Zimbabwe had the option to mount tension on different batsmen. Ryan Burl released 14 in the sixteenth over however the guests were as yet ready to hold things under wraps in the following three. Jongwe was picked for 14 in the last over as Scotland figured out how to cross the 140-run mark.

 

Sharif’s splendid beginning

Actually like Scotland, Zimbabwe excessively needed to adapt to early wickets. Sharif eliminated Wesley Madhevere and Tadiwanashe Marumani with only five on the board to guarantee the hosts continued accepting. Regis Chakabva and Craig Ervine took the side beyond 50 however two fast wickets left them harming.

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Zimbabwe’s last scramble

Sean Williams and Milton Shumba made 54 to modify the innings and Zimbabwe, from being 112 for 4 at one phase, slipped to 125 for 7. While Shumba was still at the wrinkle, the wickets implied the errand of getting 19 from the last two overs abruptly turned out to be a lot harder. After only five in the penultimate over from Chris Sole, onus was on Shumba to score the 14 needed for the success. Sharif was invited with a limit yet excused Masakadza on the third to leave Zimbabwe requiring 9 off 3. Shumba ran a bye on the subsequent ball and, looking back, that ended up being deadly.

Brief scores: Scotland 141/6 in 20 overs (Richie Berrington 82*; Tendai Chatara 2-23) beat Zimbabwe 134/9 in 20 overs (Milton Shumba 45; Safyaan Sharif 4-24) by seven runs.

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