Tendai Chisoro was adjudged Man of the Match for all-round performance     Getty Images
Tendai Chisoro was adjudged Man of the Match for all-around performance Getty Images

Hosts Zimbabwe defeated West Indies by 5 runs (D/L method) in what was expected to be the semi-final of the triangular series. Zimbabwe, reeling at 89 for 7 at one stage, staged a brilliant recovery to reach 218 thanks to Sikandar Raza (76*) and Tendai Chisoro (43*). Up against 219, West Indies lost early wickets, and were 93 for 5 at one stage, the left-arm spin pair of Tendai Chisoro and Sean Williams taking two wickets apiece. Eventually, they were 124 for 5 in 27.3 overs when rain stopped play for good. When the umpires called stumps, West Indies were caught 5 runs short of the stipulated target as per the Duckworth-Lewis method. Chisoro was adjudged Man of the Match after he added 2 for 23 to his batting effort. LIVE SCORECARD, ZIM VS WI, 5TH ODI

Graeme Cremer gave Chisoro first over, and West Indies had a disastrous start to their innings when opener Johnson Charles lobbed one back to Chisoro off the fourth ball. Evin Lewis was trapped in the crease in the third over, leaving the tourists in further trouble. Sean Williams partnered Chisoro exceptionally well as he also took 2 wickets while giving away just 18 runs. Soon afterwards, Shai Hope edged Williams to first slip, and West Indies were 35 for 3.

Kraigg Brathwaite tried to stabilise the innings with Jonathan Carter, but the Zimbabwean spinners prevailed, just like their West Indian counterparts Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse earlier in the day. Kraigg Brathwaite tried a fightback, but further disaster followed when Jonathan Carter hit one to cover and set off. Sean Ervine’s direct throw found Brathwaite short. Rovman Powell followed soon, trying to loft Williams and mistiming.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder who walked in at No. 7. Carter and Holder tried to increase their scoring rate, especially as the dark clouds hovered, but fell short as rain disrupted the game and, as mentioned, did not stop until the cut-off time. Carter remained unbeaten on 43 and Holder on 22, from 56 and 17 balls respectively.

With this win, Zimbabwe have stormed into the finals of the tri-series. They will meet Sri Lanka on November 27 at the same venue. Before the match started, West Indies were on 7 points and Zimbabwe on 4, but win for Zimbabwe ensured them 4 points which were enough to edge past West Indies by a point. West Indies have only themselves to blame: required to score 4 from the last over in a league match earlier in the tournament, they had managed only a tie.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 218 for 8 (Sikandar Raza 76*, Tendai Chisoro 42*; Ashley Nurse 3 for 27) won against West Indies 124 for 5 (Jonathan Carter 43*, Kraigg Brathwaite 24; Tendai Chisoro 2 for 26) by 5 runs (D/L method).

Man of the Match: Tendai Chisoro.