The fifth highest successful run-chase by the Windies against Zimbabwe in a Super Six match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 set-up their mouth-watering winner-takes-all match against defending champions Scotland as the battle for the two remaining places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 hots up. If such results were to happen, the victor of Ireland v Afghanistan on Friday would qualify.
Earlier, Brendan Taylor scored a magnificent 138, the first time he reached the magical three-figure mark against the Windies and 10 overall, which boosted the home side to 289 in 50 overs. Samuels was caught at the wicket after scoring 86 off 80 balls with six fours and four sixes, while Hope was brilliantly caught by Sikandar Raza after scoring a 97-ball 76 with five fours and a six. West Indies are now a point clear of Zimbabwe and Scotland at the top of the Super Sixes table with one game left.
West Indies coach Stuart Law praised captain Jason Holder's bowling display, after his team chased down 290 to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets Monday.
Law pointed toward Holder's four wickets as the difference between Zimbabwe posting a score out of reach and limiting it to below 300 in the crucial qualifying encounter.
After Brendan Taylor's superb 138 had Zimbabwe to a strong total, West Indies put together a succession of telling partnerships to secure victory despite the hosts threatening yet another dramatic comeback. Now it was 249/4 in the 45th with two new batsmen at the crease, both of whom - Shimron Hetmyer (13) and Jason Holder (6) - were out in the 46th to leave the WIndies 265/6. "The energy we showed was outstanding".