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Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer rued his team’s missed opportunities for World Cup qualification after their three-run defeat to United Arab Emirates saw them all but drop out of the running for next year’s event. “It’s very painful,” Cremer said of Zimbabwe’s defeat. “We had two bites at getting to the final, and we’ve stumbled at the last hurdle.” With five points, Zimbabwe needed a victory over either West Indies or UAE to reach the World Cup in England and Wales next year. But they lost both games, andRead More
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) Brendan Taylor scored a majestic 125 as Zimbabwe thrashed Afghanistan by 154 runs in the second one-day international at Sharjah on Sunday to level the five-match series. Wicketkeeper Taylor led the Africans to 333-5 from their 50 overs with his ninth ODI hundred, before Graeme Cremer took 4-41 with his leg-spin as Afghanistan slumped to 89-7 on their way to 179 all out. Both teams are warming up for the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe next month. Wicketkeeper Taylor put on 135 forRead More
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) Rahmat Shah hit a career best 114 while leg-spin wizard Rashid Khan took four wickets as Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 154 runs in the first one-day international on Friday in a huge boost ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers. Rahmat smashed his runs off just 110 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes as Afghanistan piled up 333-5 off 50 overs. Najibullah Zadran clobbered an undefeated 81 off just 51 balls with five boundaries and five towering sixes. Opener Ihsanullah hit a confident halfRead More
Dhaka (AFP) Shakib Al Hasan claimed three wickets as Bangladesh bowled out Zimbabwe for 170 in 49 overs in the opening match of the tri-nation one-day international tournament in Dhaka on Monday. Left-arm spinner Shakib struck twice in the first over of the game before finishing with figures of 3-43. Bangladesh seamers put constant pressure on the batsmen after the hosts opted to bowl first. Middle-order batsman Sikandar Raza top-scored with 52 off 99 balls. Pacemen Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh.Read More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) Selection is likely to be South Africa’s biggest challenge ahead of their one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting at St George’s Park on Tuesday. Zimbabwe are unlikely to stretch the home side but South Africa, ranked second in Test cricket, will want to establish their best XI in this four-day Test ahead of a three-match series against India, starting in Cape Town on January 5. With the return of AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn after long absences from Test cricket, and with all SouthRead More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) The one-off day-night Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday, will be staged under experimental playing conditions. The International Cricket Council gave permission to Cricket South Africa to stage a four-day Test. There are several variations from standard Test playing conditions. Play will be scheduled for six-and-a-half hours each day, half an hour more than in five-day games, with 98 overs due to be bowled in a day, instead of 90. As in five-day games, an extra half hour can be added inRead More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) South Africa’s batting icon AB de Villiers says his near two-year Test break has enabled him to prepare thoroughly for his comeback in a one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday. “I’ve had a great pre-season, which I haven’t had for 13 years,” he said in an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper. The big challenge for De Villiers and his teammates, though, is what happens after the four-day clash against Zimbabwe – a three-Test tour by number one team India, starting inRead More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) Selection is likely to be South Africa’s biggest challenge ahead of their one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting at St George’s Park on Tuesday. Zimbabwe are unlikely to stretch the home side but South Africa, ranked second in Test cricket, will want to establish their best XI in this four-day Test ahead of a three-match series against India, starting in Cape Town on January 5. With the return of AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn after long absences from Test cricket, and with all SouthRead More
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) An obstinate stand of 91 between Regis Chakabva and Graeme Cremer secured Zimbabwe’s first draw in Test cricket since 2005, leaving the West Indies to settle for a 1-0 series victory. The West Indies were on course to win the second Test on the final day when Sikandar Raza’s dismissal for 89 left Zimbabwe on 210 for seven, leading by just 88 runs with nearly 64 overs still left to play. But Chakabva and Cremer combined in an unbroken stand for the eighth wicket that chewed upRead More
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) Hamilton Masakadza’s fifth Test century helped Zimbabwe recover from a horror start to the second Test against the West Indies on Sunday and end a rain-hit first day on 169 for four. Just 61 overs were possible as rain wiped out most of the final session, but that was still enough time for Masakadza to register an unbeaten 101 and drag Zimbabwe out of a hole. The home side slumped to 14 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat first, as fast bowlers KemarRead More