Craig Ervine scored a brilliant 92    AFP
Craig Ervine scored a brilliant 92 AFP

Zimbabwe‘s top-order batsman Craig Ervine scored a brilliant 92, as hosts Zimbabwe scored a challenging total of 257 against visitors West Indies, in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing Zimbabwe tri-nation series, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday. West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite, the fast-bowler, claimed four wickets for 48, as his spell was crucial in pausing the brakes for the Zimbabwean innings, that mostly looked strong throughout, barring the end of the innings, where the lower order could not contribute much. West Indies now need 258 runs to win in 50 overs to stay unbeaten in the competition. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs West Indies, Zimbabwe Tri-nation series, 3rd ODI at Bulawayo

Earlier, Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer won the toss, and elected to bat first on a good batting track, as they made a change in the side in the form of Tendai Chisoro, coming in for Carl Mumba, while West Indies skipper Jason Holder moved in with an unchanged squad. The Zimbabwe openers in the form of Brian Chari, and Chamu Chibhabha, were off to a steady start, before the latter fell for 25, at the score of 38 in the 12th over, for an unfortunate run out. Just eight runs later, it was his fellow opener in the form of Chari, who fell for mere 15 to Brathwaite, in the 14th over.

Nevertheless, it was followed by an impressive 144-run stand for the third wicket, between Criag Ervine and Sikandar Raza. Ervine scored his half-century off 62 balls, including three boundaries, along with a strike rate of 92, while Raza scored his fifty off 59 deliveries, including four boundaries, along with a strike rate of 95. It was in the 39th over, when Raza fell for 77 to Brathwaite again. as the score read 190 for three. LIVE Cricket Updates, ZIM vs WI, Tri-Nation Series 2016, 3rd ODI at Bulawayo

Seven runs later, he was followed by Sean Williams, who fell for a mere couple to Ashley Nurse, the very next over. As the score reached 218, the fifth wicket fell in the form of Elton Chigumbura, who fell for mere eight to Holder in the 44th over, while just 10 runs later, it was Peter Moor, who fell for mere six to the same man in the 46th over.

Five runs later, at the score of 233, it was the seventh wicket in the form of Craig Ervine, who fell for a brilliant 92 to Shannon Gabriel in the 47th over, while 22 runs later, it was Donal Tiripano, who fell for mere 14 to the same man in the 49th over. The very next over, saw the dismissal of Cremer for mere eight to Brathwaite for the same total, followed by the final wicket of Chris Mpofu, who fell for a mere couple to Brathwaite, as Zimbabwe were shot out for 257 in the final ball of the innings.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 257 in 50 overs (Craig Ervine 92, Sikandar Raza 77; Carlos Brathwaite 4 for 48) vs West Indies.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)