BULAWAYO: Shai Hope hit his maiden one-day international century but the West Indies could only stutter to a dramatic tie in a triangular series clash with Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday.
With Hope scoring 101 in just his second ODI the West Indies were well on track to overhaul the hosts’ 257 all out, until his dismissal sparked a late collapse.
The tourists went into the final over needing just four runs to win off seamer Donald Tiripano, but lost three wickets — two of them to run-outs — to finish on 257 for eight.
“We should have won the game, but that’s cricket,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder.
“It’s important for the guys to learn from this occasion. As a young team we just need to think a bit more when we get into these tight positions.”
The game was set up by two dominant partnerships for the third wicket, with Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza Butt putting on 144 for Zimbabwe before Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite’s 162-run stand for the West Indies.
With Ervine scoring 92 and Raza hitting 77, Zimbabwe went into the final 12 overs of their innings on 188 for two, with their eye on a winning total.
Instead the innings unravelled with Raza’s dismissal, as the hosts lost eight for 69 in the remaining overs to be bowled out off the final ball of the innings.
Carlos Brathwaite picked up the key wicket of Raza as well as two more late dismissals to finish with figures of four for 48.
Graeme Cremer celebrates the tie with Craig Ervine