Zimbabwe back in contention

The Zimbabwe cricket team has survived to fight for another day after bagging a five wicket win over the Netherlands Wednesday in dramatic fashion with the last ball to remain in contention for a place in the Super 10 stage of the Twenty 20 World Cup.

Masakadza
Masakadza

The Zimbabweans needed nothing short of a win and their task appeared to have been made easier after the Netherlands could only manage a modest target of 140 for five after winning the toss and electing to bat.

But with one ball remaining, the Zimbabweans found themselves equal at 140 for five with their opponents but a sixer from Vusi Sibanda saw Zimbabwe move to 146 for five and to victory.

This has brought Zimbabwe's hopes of a place in the next stage alive as the group heads for a dramatic finish. Ireland still lead the group with two wins Zimbabwe and the Netherlands have one win each.

The Zimbabweans are hoping for a dramatic collapse of Ireland in their last game against the Netherlands while they themselves hammer the group's weakest side the United Arab Emirates.

Only one team from the group qualifies for the Super 20 which begins in Bangladesh on Saturday with a game between India and Pakistan and ends with the final on 6 April.

The team that tops the group joins the 10 teams that will be in competition for the biggest prize starting Friday and running up to April 6.

Should Zimbabwe fail to qualify it would be cruel for captain Brendan Taylor who has had a magnificent show during the qualifying campaign.

After hitting 59 against Ireland on the opening day, Taylor followed this up with a superb 49 against the Netherlands in a day that also saw Hamilton Masakdza plunder 43 runs while Sean Williams was on 26.

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