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Craig Ervine and Sean Williams smash centuries to kick off Zimbabwe’s World Cup quest’

Zimbabwe defeated Nepal by 8 wickets at Harare Sports Club in Harare to kick off the former’s quest for their 10th World Cup appearance, thanks to explosive batting by Sean Williams and Craig Ervine.

Electing to field first, Nepal posed a serious threat to the Chevrons. The opening duo, Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh scored 171 runs for the first wicket. Kushal Bhurtel had an extremely brilliant inning of 99 runs off 95 balls while Aasif Sheikh played a slow and calculated inning of 66 off 100 balls. Apart from the opening pair, captain Rohit Paudel and Kushan Malla led some quality innings. The Chevrons managed to restrict the high-flying Nepalese to 290/8 runs in 50 overs. Richard Ngarava had the best figures amongst the Zimbabwean bowlers with 4 off 43 in 9 overs. Also Read: Moeen Ali Fined For Breaching ICC Code Of Conduct

Chasing a decent total, Zimbabwe lost their opener Joyford Gumbie pretty early. Wesley Madhevere departed soon scoring 32 off 38. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams took charge of the batting, shattering the Nepalese dream of a positive momentum to the World Cup. Williams and Ervine forged a 164-run partnership right now into the victory. Craig Ervine pummeled 121* off 128 while Sean Williams played a fast-paced 102* off 70. The Ervine-Williams led them to a victory 35 balls and 8 wickets left.

The Chevrons have jumped into the top position ahead of West Indies in terms of Net Run Rate. Zimbabwe’s next fixture is against Netherlands on June 20th while Nepal plays USA on the same day.

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Mohammed Bazim
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Mohammed Bazim S is a final-year Journalism student with a deep passion for sports reporting. At the age of 19, he is already making strides towards his dream of becoming a paddock reporter and rinkside correspondent. With a particular love for ice hockey and Formula 1, Mohammed aspires to capture the excitement of these sports through immersive reporting. His enthusiasm, coupled with his dedication to honing his skills, sets him on a path towards bringing the thrilling world of sports to life for fans worldwide.

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