Match No.12 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was played between Zimbabwe and Scotland on 21 October, Friday in Hobart. Batting first Scotland made 132 runs losing 6 wickets in the innings. Zimbabwe chased down the target with 9 balls and 5 wickets remaining. They are now qualified for the Super 12 round of the World Cup.
Scotland won the toss and opted to bat first. But that decision went against them early in the innings. Scotland’s batting started crumbling from the start. Batters were struggling to maintain their strike rate throughout the innings. Calum McLeod scored 25 runs in 26 balls. The highest-scoring batter was opener George Munsey who scored a fighting 54 runs in 51 balls.
For Zimbabwe, the bowlers did a fine job in the decisive match. Chatara took 2 wickets for only 14 runs in his 4-over spell. Richard Ngarava also took 2 wickets. While Blessing Muzarbani and Sikandar Raza took 1 wicket each.
Coming into the chase Zimbabwe were the favorite given their in-form batting lineup. But the start was not ideal as they lost 2 wickets inside the powerplay. But veteran player Craig Ervine kept his nerves and held his side at one end. He scored a memorable inning of 58 runs in 54 balls with 6 fours. Along with them, the star of the Zimbabwe team Sikander Raza smashed 40 runs in 23 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Their match-winning partnership of 64 runs sealed the deal for Zimbabwe.
For Scotland, Josh Davey took 2 wickets. Mark Watt, Micahel Leask, and Brad Wheal took 1 wicket each.
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Sikander Raza was awarded Player of the match for his all-around effort.
This concludes the First round of the World Cup where Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, and Sri Lanka are qualified for the Super 12 round.