REVIEW: Zimbabwe Select Win ODI Series Against Pakistan Shaheens With Craig Ervine's Heroics


Zimbabwe Select side concluded the One Day series against the Pakistan Shaheens with a bludgeoning batting display that resulted in a 32-run victory in the 6th ODI played at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe Select win the series 4-2. 

Zimbabwe Select cricket win odi series against Pakistan Shaheens with Craig Ervine heroics
Ervine facing a delivery, the slips watchful of his shot. PIC - ZimCricketv/Twitter

The victory came off a fantastic cricketing display led by the veteran Craig Ervine who scored a career best 195 off 149  comprising of 22 fours and six maximums in a scintillating batting exhibition that wowed the early morning crowd at Harare Sports Club.

This was Ervine's second 150+ score in the series, coming in as number three batsman following the early dismissal of opener Joylord Gumbie for a two-ball duck.

Ervine combined with opener, Innocent Kaia who was unfortunate to miss out on his own hundred as he was caught at short mid wicket, eight runs short of his hundred.

Kaia was in an aggressive mood too with his 92 coming from 79 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes).

Quick knocks from Sean Williams (20 off 18) and Ryan Burl (31 off 18)  propelled Zimbabwe Select to a mammoth 385-7 from their allotted fifty overs.

The Zimbabwe bowlers started quickly courtesy of the seam bowling pair of Tanaka Chivanga and Blessing Muzarabani; taking three wickets between them.

However the Shaheens courageously fought back, starting with Rohail Nazir (87 off 91)  and Kamran Ghulam (56 off 47).

But the best as far as the Shaheens were concerned came from Mubasir Khan who scored a rollicking 115 from just 77 balls with  six fours and eight maximums.

Zimbabwe chipped away with wickets amongst all this hard-hitting batting  from the Shaheens before they managed to bowl them out for 353.

With Mubasir Khan being the last wicket to fall in the fifth over off the bowling of Luke Jongwe; the Chevrons secured an impressive 32-run victory.

The key take-away is how glorious the batting was in this series: the 6th and final one-day match resulted in both Zimbabwe Select and the Shaheens posting a total of 738 runs from their respective innings. 

The Chevrons now turn their attention to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which starts on the 18th of June, as they look forward to playing exquisitely brilliant and entertaining cricket; in earnest efforts to book a place for the Cricket World Cup in India later this year. 

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