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World Cup Qualifiers: ZIM captain Craig Ervine credit Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl for well-known win vs Windies

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By India Today Sports Desk: Zimbabwe registered a well-known win at their residence in opposition to West Indies within the Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. The loss left two-time world champions West Indies on the verge of getting knocked out of the event. Guided by an all-round efficiency from Sikandar Raza, Zimbabwe beat Shai Hope’s workforce by 35 runs regardless of registering a under par 268-run whole within the first innings of the match.

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine credited the workforce’s psychological toughness after the sport and mentioned that it was a tough win for the aspect.

“Losing the toss and having to bat first, those 10-15 overs was quite tricky to navigate. The wicket was a little two-paced to begin with. We did well to not lose early wicket and that gave us a bit of breathing space,” Ervine mentioned after the match.

Zimbabwe nonetheless weren’t doing properly in some extent within the first innings of the match. But a 100-run partnership from Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl helped the workforce attain a comparatively secure whole. Zimbabwe targetted the stumps within the second innings of the match and compelled the Windies gamers into errors. Windies, who had been cruising at 100/2, had been bowled out for simply 233 runs in 44.4 overs.

“Raza and Burl batted brilliantly for their 100-run stand. We did feel that we were maybe 20-30 short of what would probably be a winning score. It is always going to be tough (mentally). We have talked about treating every game and opposition the same,” Ervine mentioned.

Calling the victory fairly emotional, the Zimbabwe captain thanked the gang, who backed their aspect all through the encounter.

“Today has been quite an emotional day for everybody and it is not a long time before we have to come back and play again on Monday. Thank you to all the supporters who came out and supported us. The crowd was absolutely phenomenal and hopefully we can see such a crowd again,” Ervine concluded.