Tiripano final over claims a tie for Zimbabwe
What a game.
Zimbabwe held their nerve in the final over with the West Indies needing 4 runs from the final over to register a second win at Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe looked to be heading for trouble with both openers out for 46. It was a record third wicket partnership between Craige Ervine (92) and Sikandar Raza (77) got the locals to to 190 before 8 wickets fell off the last 67 runs.
West Indies started quickly and like the Chevrons after two wickets consolidated with a third wicket partnership of 162 between Kraig Brathwaitte (78) and man of the match Shai Hope (101).
Even when Kraig departed it looked in the bag for the Windies even as Sean Williams removed Rovman Powell and Hope in one over.
With five wickets in hand in the final over and only four runs to get it was again in the bag for the visitors.
Or so many thought.
Captain Graeme Cremer brought Donald Tripano, who had not bowled since the 10th over on.
The first ball yielded a single for Windies captain Jason Holder.
The second was skewed to long on into the hands of Williams.
Then Holder’s shot hit the stumps off the fingers of Tiripano for a run-out.
It was three runs from three to go and the next two balls had singles.
After a conference, captain, former captain, interim captains and other leaders had a word…
Tiripano just bowled an inch away from being wide. It was a swing and a miss for Holder into the grateful arms of Peter Moor who had a shy at the stumps. Johnson Carter was caught short and the Chevrons registered a point,
We gave away 20 runs and we dropped a couple of catches. We thought we were 15-20 runs short but credit to the guys for showing fight.
As a young side we can learn from these situations and know how to deal with them.
Monday sees Zimbabwe play Sri Lanka hoping to carry their momentum forward. First ball goes down at 9.30am at Queens Sports Club.