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19 Sep 2021
It was a blinder of an innings by 20-year-old Zimbabwean Milton Shumba, who redeemed himself from not being able to chase down 142 in the first match of the match T20I series against Scotland, by casing down 178 in the last match and thereby winning the match by five wickets and the series 2-1.
Shumba scored 66 of just 29 balls in a knock that consisted of only two fours and six humungous sixes to help his team chase down a tough total at the Grange in Edinburgh. His 99 runs partnership with fellow young all-rounder Wesley Madhevere for the fourth wicket was the key to the Zimbabwean run chase.
After the team lost three experienced batters in skipper Sean Ervine, wicket-keeper batter Regis Chakabva and senior all-rounder Sean Williams at the score of 63, chasing down a stiff total of 178, the two young men aged 20 and 21 respectively, showed composure and strength beyond imagination in the eye of the storm and 99 runs in just 53 balls to get to the target.
While Madhevere got out for 43 off 31 balls with still 15 needed from 11 balls, Shumba and Ryan Burl made sure that there were no hiccups in a Chevron win.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, Scotland decided to bat first and courtesy of a brilliant innings from George Munsey at the top (54 off 30 balls), followed by some crucial runs down the order by Calum McLeod (39 off 29 balls) and Richie Berrington (44 off 39 balls), Scotland for the first time ever, crossed the 150 run mark in the series.
This was a series decider game with both the teams winning one match each before. Left-handed batter Shumba, who scored his very first career fifty in international cricket, was awarded Man of the Match as well as Man of the series for scoring 112 runs at an average of 56.