Scotland’s impressive bowling performance led by Chris Sole knocked Zimbabwe out of the World Cup, despite Ryan Burl’s career-best ODI score of 83 not being enough for Zimbabwe to chase down a target of 235 runs. Scotland struggled to score during their innings and were being strangled by Zimbabwe’s bowlers, but managed to put up a fighting total of 234 runs thanks to a burst of 54 runs in the last five overs. When Zimbabwe came out to bat, Chris Sole’s express pace caused early damage and sent three of their experienced batsmen packing inside the first seven overs. Zimbabwe’s innings-long strangle began to take on a different sheen, and they eventually fell short by 31 runs.
Scotland’s victory was a team effort, with six batters contributing at least 20 runs on a sticky surface, and all six bowlers used picking up at least one wicket. Despite a counterattack from Ryan Burl and partnerships with Sikandar Raza and Wesley Madhevere, Scotland’s bowlers weathered the pressure and never lost hope. Mark Watt’s crucial wicket of Madhevere and Sole’s thunderbolt to dismiss standout player of the tournament Sean Williams were moments that turned the game in Scotland’s favor.
Scotland has now beaten three Full Member teams in this tournament and will face Netherlands on Thursday. If they win, they will have a chance to play more cricket and continue their impressive run. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has fallen short at the final hurdle for the second time in two Qualifiers and will not be participating in the 2023 World Cup.