Zimbave makes history by beating Westindes for the first time in a World Cup qualifier

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On Saturday in Harare, Zimbabwe defeated the West Indies by 35 runs in a key World Cup qualifying victory.

The Dutch team’s seven-wicket victory at the Takashinga Sports Club ensured their Super Sixes spot as well as the advancement of Zimbabwe and the two-time defending champions, the West Indies.

Zimbabwe will have the benefit of carrying the two points from their victory on Saturday into the subsequent round, which will consist of the top three teams from the two groups of five.

Sikandar Raza scored the most runs for Zimbabwe, who were sent in to bat, with 68 off 58 balls and six fours and two sixes at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe reached 268 as a result.

After Zimbabwe had already been 112-4, Ryan Burl contributed a vital 50 with five fours and a six, while captain Craig Ervine scored 47 at the top of the order.

The West Indies responded impressively, scoring 134-3 before losing seven wickets for just 99 runs. With 56 from 72 balls, opening player Kyle Mayers had the highest score with eight fours and a six.

Shai Hope, the skipper, Nicolas Pooran, and Roston Chase all made starts in the middle order, but Tendai Chatara (3-52) and man of the match Raza (2-36) put the breaks on them as the West Indies were bowled out for 233 in the 45th over.

We did believe that we fell 20 to 30 points shy of what would likely be a winning score, according to Ervine.

It will always be cognitively challenging. We have discussed treating each game and adversary equally. Everyone has had a really emotional day today, and we have to return and play again on Monday, not too long from now.

West Indies skipper acknowledged that fielding fell short. “I don’t know if I can describe it, but I have a lot on my mind right now. Although there is a lot of grief and disappointment, the competition is still ongoing, said Hope.