Shai Hope scored his maiden One-Day International (ODI) ton    AFP
Shai Hope scored his maiden One-Day International (ODI) ton AFP

West Indies middle-order batsman Shai Hope scored his maiden One-Day International (ODI) ton, but could not steer his team to a win, as visitors West Indies settled for a thrilling tie with hosts Zimbabwe, in the third ODI at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday. Apart from Hope, it was Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 78, and was also involved in a mammoth 162-run stand for the third wicket, with Hope, while Donald Tiripano and Sean Williams claimed a couple of wickets each. Zimbabwe turned the match in the final over, when Windied needed just four runs to win. 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, as they posted a challenging total of 257, courtesy of Craig Ervine’s 92, and Sikandar Raza’s 77, while Carlos Brathwaite claimed 4 for 48. As for Zimbabwe, the openers in the form of Johnson Charles and Kraigg Brathwaite started on a steady note. However, with just 33 runs on the board, it was Charles, who fell for mere 19 to Donal Tiripano in the eighth over. Just 25 runs later, it was Evin Lewis, who fell for mere 18 to Cremer in the 12th over, with the match still being a close call, and on even terms.

However, it was followed by a mammoth 162-run stand between Kraigg and Shai Hope, as Hope scored his maiden ODI half-century off 69 deliveries, including a couple of boundaries and a six, while Brathwaite scored his fifty off 89 deliveries, including a boundary. The mean-process also saw Hope scoring his maiden ODI ton off 118 deliveries, including four boundaries and sixes, along with a strike rate of 84, before falling for 101 to Chris Mpofu, in the 45th over, as the score read 220 for the loss of three wickets. FULL Cricket Updates, ZIM vs WI, Tri-Nation Series 2016, 3rd ODI at Bulawayo

Just 14 runs later, it was Kraigg, who fell for 78 to Sean Williams, in the 48th over, and the same over also saw the dismissal of Ravman Powell, who fell for mere 17, as the score read 242 for the loss of five. However, it was just after 13 runs, when Carlos Brathwaite fell for mere nine to Tiripano in the final over, while the very next ball saw Nurse getting unfortunately run out for a duck. The final ball of the innings saw Jonathan Carter being unfortunately run out for a mere single, as Zimbabwe managed to finish the thriller with a tie, as they grab a couple of points in their bag.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 257 in 50 overs (Craig Ervine 92, Sikandar Raza 77; Carlos Brathwaite 4 for 48) tie West Indies 257 for 8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 101, Kraigg Brathwaite 78; Donald Tiripano 2 for 26, Sean willaims 2 for 56).

Man of the Match: Shai Hope (West Indies)

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