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24-May-2022 15:45:00 GMT
Zim vs Nam - 5th T20I, Bulawayo

Namibia beat Zimbabwe seal history-making series

Namibia 127 for 8 (Williams 48, Madhevere 2-15, Jongwe 2-16) beat Zimbabwe 95 (Munyonga 28, Erasmus 2-9, Frylinck 2-25) by 32 runs

Bulawayo: It came down to the last match between Zimbabwe and Namibia and it was the visitors who clinched the T20I series 3-2.

They created history with the win, recording their first series victory over a full-member nation.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Craig Ervine played a captain's knock, scoring 55* off 39 balls that propelled Zimbabwe to 153/4 in the first match.

Bernard Scholtz bowled an economical spell of 2/19, which included the wicket of the dangerous Wesley Madhevere (23 off 12).

Openers Craig Williams and Divan la Cock got Namibia off to a solid start with a 67-run stand. The latter scored 66 off 43 but kept losing partners at the other end.

Zimbabwe bowlers brilliantly in the death overs and despite David Wiese remaining unbeaten at the other end, Namibia fell short by 7 runs.

Opting to bat first yet again did not work out as well for Zimbabwe this time around as they lost half their side for 49.

Milton Shumba and Tony Munyonga saved the hosts the blushes with a 46-run stand for the sixth wicket that took Zimbabwe to 122/8.

Wiese was the star with the ball for the Eagles with figures of 3/27.

In response, Namibia lost Divan la Cock early but cruised to a victory on the back of Craig Williams' unbeaten 62 and skipper Gerhard Erasmus' 26-ball 36.

After choosing to bat first in the third T20I, Namibia's middle-order was guilty of throwing away good starts.

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus and Zane Green all scored 20 or more but failed to convert their starts.

Tendai Chatara and Sikandar Raza scalped three wickets with ease to reduce Namibia to 128/8.

Chasing a meagre total, Madhevere batted through the innings and remained unbeaten on 73. He was well supported by Regis Chakabva (24*) and Innocent Kaia (19).

Zimbabwe chased down the total with 17 balls to spare, taking 2-1 lead in the series.

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