Cremer: We dodged a bullet against Scotland


Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer has admitted that his team “dodged a bullet” after they played to a tie against Scotland in a World Cup Qualifier in Bulawayo on Monday.

Scotland needed two runs to win the game in the final over but had their last batting pair at the crease.

Zimbabwe’s 21-year-old seamer Blessing Muzararabani bowled a wide first ball but then dismissed Brad Wheal, caught by wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor, to spark wild celebrations at the Queens Sports Club.

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Cremer said after the game: “That last over, it was a toss up, whether to go yorker or to go length.

“And we knew the ball was going to tail a little bit, a bit of reverse swing. But when he [Muzarabani] bowled that wide, I thought ‘there’s got to be something special now.’

“With a nick to third man, or the ball hit into a gap, that’s the game. But luckily, he got it right at the end there, and it went through to Brendan.

The Zimbabwe skipper said afterwards that his side did not know if they should be celebrating or be disappointed with the tied result.

The African side has qualified for the Super Six stage of the Qualifier with victories over Afghanistan and Hong Kong earlier in the tournament.

Cremer continued: “We’re not sure how we should be feeling.

“Really excited, because we felt like we dodged a bullet there. They probably should have beaten us.

“But good fight shown by both sides, and to come away with a point, we’ll take that. That never-say-die attitude out there was excellent.

“We came away with a tie, but if we had held on to one or two catches we might actually have won this game, like we did against Afghanistan. So, bittersweet.”