World cup 2023: Dream not out of World Cup shattered, Sikandar Raza wept bitterly after Zimbabwe’s defeat


Harare: Zimbabwe has suffered a major setback in the qualifiers being played for the ICC World Cup 2023. Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs in the Super Six round. With this defeat, Zimbabwe’s dream of playing in the World Cup 2023 also ended. Not only the dream was broken, this defeat shook the fans and the players of the team from inside. Especially the team’s experienced spinner Sikandar Raza looked desperate. Raza had fought his life for the team in the qualifiers. He showed a wonderful game with both ball and bat. Raza scored 325 runs in batting while he took 9 wickets in his bowling. The result of his strong performance was that the team reached the Super Six round. Zimbabwe failed to qualify in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers. In that too, Raza took 12 wickets along with scoring 196 runs.

Sikandar Raza has been in excellent form for his team in the last few years. His age is just 37 years old. In such a situation, whether he can play for the World Cup to be held after four years, it is not decided now, but seeing the way Raza fought to win his team, but his team got out of the World Cup. His heart broke. Sitting in the dressing room, Sikandar Raza started crying bitterly seeing his team losing.

How was the match?

Michael Leask’s all-round performance and Chris Sole bowled brilliantly for Scotland in this Super Six match. Zimbabwe are virtually out of contention for a place in the World Cup with a loss in this match. Scotland now have six points and have moved to second place behind Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe also have six points but have played all their matches and their net run rate is also not good.

Batting first after losing the toss, Scotland scored 234 runs for eight wickets. Leask top-scored for him with 48 runs. Apart from him, Matthew Cross contributed 38, Brandon McMullen 34 and George Munsey contributed 31 runs. Sean Williams took three wickets for Zimbabwe.

This relatively small target also proved to be a mountain for Zimbabwe as they were bundled out for 203 in 41.1 overs despite Ryan Burl’s 83. For Scotland, Sole took three wickets while Leask and McMullen took two wickets each. Sole was adjudged man of the match.

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