(SATSports) – Milton Shumba’s stunning 66 from 29 balls propelled Zimbabwe to a thrilling victory against Scotland in their Twenty20 series decider in Edinburgh.
Shumba hit Alasdair Evans for three consecutive sixes in a 17th over which brought 25 runs to turn the tide.
Scotland had been on track for victory when reducing Zimbabwe to 74-3 after 12 overs, after posting 177-4.
But Shumba and Wesley Madhevere helped smash the tourists over the line with five balls left at The Grange.
The pair put on a partnership of 99 runs to reverse Zimbabwe’s momentum and put Scotland firmly on the back foot after Evans and Michael Leask had bowled Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams.
Madhevere was eventually run out in the 18th over, but Shumba cracked another two fours to leave the visitors needing only two runs from the final over.
And Ryan Burl drove through the covers for four to secure victory with the first ball.
Scotland had blown a promising position in the second match on Friday, and recorded their most impressive total of the series thanks to George Munsey’s 54, Richie Berrington’s 44 and an unbeaten 39 from Calum MacLeod.
Coach Shane Burger’s side started well with the ball too, but became wayward when Shumba and Madhevere cranked up the pressure and the loss of 104 runs in the final eight overs was critical.