GLASGOW – Zimbabwe’s spin-bowling attack capitalised on an overeager batting approach with captain Graeme Cremer’s 5 for 29 doing the bulk of the damage to wipe out Scotland for 169 in 42 overs before Sikandar Raza’s composed half-century clinched a six-wicket win for the tourists at the Grange.
When Cremer had Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer stumped for 61 in the 22nd over, it seemed at the time to be a minor speed bump with Scotland 106 for 2, still on course for what looked like another 300-plus total on a decent batting track under rare spring sunshine in Edinburgh.
But when Calum MacLeod was bowled six overs later by Sean Williams for 58 while exposing his stumps on an attempted back foot punch, the floodgates were opened and Cremer raided the middle order for his second career five-for.
Zimbabwe will now travel to the Netherlands for a three-match ODI series.
Meanwhile, the itinerary of Zimbabwe’s tour to Sri Lanka was revealed yesterday.
After a long gap of 15 years, Zimbabwe will be in Sri Lanka later this month.
The tour will consist five ODIs and a one-off Test. All the six matches will be played across three cities — Galle, Hambantota, Colombo.
The first two ODIs will be played at Galle, while the remaining three ODIs will take place at Hambantota.
The one-off Test will be played at Colombo in R Premadasa Stadium. The last these sides featured in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka was way back in 2001-02, where hosts won the three-Test series 3-0, while winning both the ODIs as well.
Galle, after a hiatus of 17-years, will see ODI cricket return to its shores, with the last ODI being played at the venue between Sri Lanka and South Africa in 2000.
Hambantota itself is set to host an international match after two years. Quite strangely, the one-off Test will be played R Premadasa Stadium that is usually kept for limited-overs cricket.
The last Test played here was between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in March 2013.
The Zimbabwe tour will commence from June 30 and continue till July 18 with no Twenty20 International (T20I) being played. — Agencies