31-Year-Old Batsman Zimbabwe
July 19, 2017 Sikandar Raza News
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Raza hit his maiden test century in a slim loss to Sri Lanka by four wickets on Tuesday.
With a 10-run lead after the first innings, Zimbabwe capitalised on their narrow advantage by posting a target of 387 for Sri Lanka to win, what turned out to be their highest successful chase in test history. Raza starred in the second innings with the bat, smashing 127 from 205 balls, with nine fours and a six. With the ball he was less successful, going without a wicket in both the first and second innings, despite bowling 31 overs in total.
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Fantasy AnalysisKnown more for his prowess with the bat than the ball, Raza was outstanding on Monday, not allowing a single boundary and bowling a whopping 44 dot balls in his 10 overs. He had the benefit of excellent fielding behind him, but did all the work with a tremendous delivery to knock out Upul Tharanga in the ninth over to put Sri Lanka well behind the eight-ball. For the series, he held an average of 68.5 thanks to only getting out twice during the series. He'll look to keep up his strong form in the first and only Test of the series, starting on Friday at Colombo.
Fantasy AnalysisThe allrounder brought it home with the bat along with Malcolm Waller in an unbeaten 102 run partnership that saw Zimbabwe get home by six wickets. Raza himself hit seven fours and a six to reach 67 from just 56 balls. With the ball, he bowled nine overs for 58 runs without a reward, but bowling 19 dot balls in the process.
Fantasy AnalysisRaza's two scalps helped to finish off a depleted Scotland, his two wickets came inside a seven for 39 run collapse from the hosts. He removed Josh Davey and Alasdair Evans in successive overs, leaving Scotland 160/9 before they were bowled out for 169. The 31-year-old's unbeaten half-century is his seventh in ODIs, he hit seven boundaries in total. The Pakistan born allrounder shared a 72-run stand for the fifth wicket with Ryan Burl.
Fantasy AnalysisAs evidenced by the final tally, the Black Caps had little trouble chasing down the host's meager total of 235. Raza was the sole reason that the match didn't reach a quicker conclusion, revitalizing the first innings after five wickets fell within the initial 18 overs. While sidestepping two drops, he cobbled together two substantial partnerships (60 off 82 with Sean Williams and 89 off 79 with Tinashe Panyangara) to finish the game personally unbeaten. With the third ODI century in his back pocket, Raza now boasts a 33.56 average and 84.90 strike rate in the format.