File Picture: Wellington Masakadza took two crucial wickets in the final – The Hindu
Scotland lost their last four wickets in as many balls during a hectic final overs when Zimbabwe entered the Twenty20 series with a 10 on Friday – Matched run win in Edinburgh.
Set a goal of 137 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead, the hosts needed 13 of the last six balls in the game.
But two wickets for Wellington Masakadza and a couple of run-outs meant Scotland was completely out in 19.4 overs with 126.
It had been in big trouble at 16-4 before Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross, who each scored 42, that Innings revived.
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Zimbabwe also got off to a tough start with the racket, slumping to 20-3 on a difficult pitch before recovering to 136-5 overall, reflecting Sean Williams’ undefeated 60 of 52 balls, one innings with five fours and one six.
The win resulted in Zimbabwe, who lost the opener by seven runs in the same location on Wednesday, squaring 1-1 in the three-game series ahead of Sunday’s final .
This weekend’s game will be Scotland’s last Twenty20 international match before the start of the T20 World Cup in the group stage against Bangladesh in Oman on October 17.
The Scots will also score in Group B of the tournament in Oman and Papua New Guinea.
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