Zimbabwe register record victory in CWC Qualifier at USA’s disposal
With his 174-run knock, Sean Williams powered Zimbabwe to their second-biggest ODI defeat in terms of runs in the 17th match of the Cricket World Cup (CWC) Qualifier.
Zimbabwe, who are in excellent form in the CWC Qualifier, scored an impressive 408/6 in 50 overs after USA captain Monank Patel put them into bat first.
Joylord Gumbie and Innocent Kaia gave Zimbabwe a steady start with a 56-run partnership that lasted until Jasdeep Singh removed Kaia, who could only score 32 off 41 balls.
With belligerent hitting, Gumbie and stand-in captain Sean Williams put on an explosive 160-run partnership, decimating USA bowlers and accelerating Zimbabwe’s score.
In just 65 deliveries, Sean Williams reached his century in a crucial stand with Gumbie.
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Despite holding his hand tight, Gumbie fell short when Zimbabwe scored 216 runs in the 35th over. In 103 deliveries, he scored 78 and hit five boundaries.
Prior to perishing in the penultimate over, Sean Williams, who top-scored for Zimbabwe with 174 off 101 balls, smashed 21 boundaries and five sixes.
By playing brisk cameos, both Ryan Burl and in-form all-rounder Sikandar Raza contributed further to the USA’s misery.
Raza scored 48 off 27 deliveries, with three boundaries and four sixes. Burl slammed 47 off 16 deliveries.
Jessy Singh took two wickets while Abhishek Paradkar claimed three wickets for the USA.
Before being bundled out in the 26th over, the USA batting lineup failed to chase a massive 409 runs.
Three USA batters failed to reach double digits, with Richard Ngarava and Raza each taking two wickets and three runouts.