West Indies, Zimbabwe tie ODI
Shai Hope's maiden one-day hundred (101) proved in vain as West Indies amazingly squandered an ideal opportunity for a second straight win in the Tri-Nations Series by playing to a nerve-jangling tie with Zimbabwe here yesterday.
Requiring a mere four runs from the last over in pursuit of 258 for victory at Queens Sports Club, the Caribbean side dramatically lost three wickets while scoring just three runs.
The task appeared a simple one when captain Jason Holder (4 not out) took a single to cover off the first ball of the over from seamer Donald Tiripano (2-26), but Carlos Brathwaite then lost the plot off the second delivery and was caught at long on for nine.
Off the very next delivery, Ashley Nurse was run out at the non-striker's end without facing a ball after Holder struck a first drive back to Tiripano, who unintentionally parried the ball on to the stumps, with Nurse short of his ground.
With victory now becoming increasingly complicated, Holder scrambled a leg bye off the fourth delivery, and left-hander Jonathan Carter (1) swung the penultimate delivery of the game to square leg for a single to bring the scores level.
SHARE OF THE POINTS
Off the last ball of the contest, Holder missed a waft at a widish full-length delivery and scampered off for a bye, but wicketkeeper Peter Moor threw down the stumps to foil Carter's dash to safety at the striker's end, leaving Zimbabwe to celebrate a share of the points.
All told, the Windies lost their last six wickets for 37 runs in the space of 32 balls in a stunning collapse.
They continued at the top of the standings on seven points, two clear of Sri Lanka, while Zimbabwe picked up their first points of the campaign to remain bottom on two points.
Scores: Zimbabwe 257 off 50 overs (Craig Ervine 92, Sikandar Raza 77, Chamu Chibhabha 25; Carlos Brathwaite 4-48, Shannon Gabriel 2-45, Jason Holder 2-47).
West Indies 257 for eight off 50 overs (Shai Hope 101, Kraigg Brathwaite 78; Donald Tiripano 2-26, Sean Williams 2-52).