x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Williamson reaches his ton with seven off the last ball

Malcolm Waller led Zimbabwe to a one-wicket win to salvage some pride for the hosts as they lose the series with New Zealand 2-1.

Malcolm Waller kept his cool to lead Zimbabwe to a remarkable one-wicket win after chasing down a target of 329 in the third and final one-day international against New Zealand.

Although the series was already gone after losing the opening two matches, Zimbabwe salvaged some pride by recording their highest ever successful ODI run chase, with Waller’s 99 not out proving the key.

Ross Taylor (119) and Kane Williamson (100 not out) had earlier set up a commanding New Zealand total of 328 for five, but that proved not enough as Zimbabwe squeezed home despite looking set to fall short with the finishing line in sight.

Williamson’s ton looked out of the question when he required seven off the final delivery but a four off a Njabulo Ncube no-ball was followed by three more runs off Chigumbura, who had been called on to bowl the final delivery after Ncube had been removed following a second high no-ball of the innings. That gave Williamson his second ODI century.

Bangladesh’s Elias Sunny made a memorable seven-wicket debut against the West Indies in the rain-hit opening Test, which ended in a draw on the fifth and final day yesterday.

The left-arm spinner grabbed six for 94 in the first innings and one for 34 in the second as the West Indies finished at 100 for two after being set a 226-run target to win the match off 37 overs.

Opener Lendl Simmons made a 49-ball 44, while Kirk Edwards (28 not out) and Darren Bravo (24 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen when play was called off with 15 overs remaining.

No play was possible on Saturday and Sunday because of rain.