Scotland enjoy cricket homecoming to stun Zimbabwe at Grange

SCOTLAND He had the perfect homecoming to stun Zimbabwe in a thriller in the Grange.

This was Saltires’ first home game since August 2019, and they marked it by knocking out their Test-playing opponents in the first T20 of their three-game series.

The Scots won the toss and opted for a half-century shot with Richie Berrington first.

Their total of 141s seemed less than necessary, but some brilliant bowling games, especially from Safyaan Sharif, set Zimbabwe against it.

And Sharif, who needed 14 runs from the final, wiped the queue to seal a famous win by seven runs.

Scotland was in trouble as the wickets rolled early.

Veteran Berrington’s brilliant 82 hit from 61 balls prevented a complete collapse as Shane Burger’s men continued to score 141/6 out of 20.

Coming in at 19/2 in the second half, Berrington broke seven fours and three maxs to give the Scots a half chance of victory.

Only Matthew Cross (14) and Michael Leask (11) also achieved double digits in a disappointing team effort.

The home team got off to an excellent start in the response as Sharif outstripped Wessley Madhevere in the first delivery.

And it soon got even better, with fast-opening mate Tadi Marumani dropping to just 3 shortly after, leaving the visitors at 5/2.

Mark Watt and Oli Hairs then grabbed a wicket to give Zimbabwe a slight swing. The hosts felt a crowded opening as Ali Evans and Sharif attacked to cut the number to six.

Two more rooks fell in the final as Scotland stylishly sealed a famous win.

Teams will do everything again on Friday.

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