Zimbabwe slid down to third place in group C at the ongoing U19 CWC after suffering a 167-run loss to West Indies at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today (February 16).
Electing to bat first, West Indies set a huge target of 275 for the loss of six wickets in their 50 overs. Tagenarine Chanderpaul led his team’s attack scoring an unbeaten 84. Wickets were few and far between for Zimbabwe. The first wicket falling for West Indies off the last ball of the 14th over with 69 runs on the board. Zimbabwe’s economy today was not a resemblance of the way the boys have played so far in the U.A.E. West Indies was scoring at a rate of at least four runs an over throughout the entire innings. Deven Bell was the least expensive of the eight ballers used by skipper Malcom Lake, with an economy of 4,50.
West Indies’ pacers made light work of Zim’s batting line-up, claiming four wickets for 21 runs inside the first 10 overs. With 108 runs, Zimbabwe’s innings came to a close with 62 balls left in their innings to concede a 167-run loss. In all the doom and gloom, batting at number 8, Keiran Geyle was outstanding with his unbeaten 45 off 63 deliveries.
Today’s result leaves Zimbabwe needing to win the encounter against South Africa on Tuesday if they are to keep their title campaign alive.