|ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Group B, Hobart|
|Scotland 132-6 (20 overs): Munsey 54 (51), Chatara 2-14|
|Zimbabwe 133-5 (19.3 overs): Ervine 58 (54), Raza 40 (23)|
|Zimbabwe won by five wickets|
Scotland have been ruled out of the T20 World Cup after a five-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe in Hobart.
The Scots were in play-out condition after beating the West Indies on Monday, but mustered only 132-6 against some tricky Zimbabwean bowling.
Zimbabwe were 42-3 after eight overs when Sean Williams was dismissed.
But Sikandar Raza reached the 40 club from 23 balls, and put on 64 with Craig Ervine, who made 58 to seal the win off nine balls.
Zimbabwe have advanced to the T20 World Cup for the first time. After finishing top of Group B, they will advance to Group Two of the Super 12 where they will face India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and the Netherlands.
For Scotland, defeat means emulating their performance a year ago, when they reached the Super 12 at the last World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Ireland have also progressed from Group B, West Indies win by nine wickets earlier on friday
A sad end for Scotland
It’s a cruel end for the Scots, who were superb in defeating the West Indies and were the better side in most games against Ireland, only to be stunned by a report against the Irish.
That set up this winner-takes-all match, and after winning the toss and theoretically accepting better batting conditions, Zimbabwe’s bowling stifled Scotland.
Although George Munsey held on for 54, his 51 runs off 51 balls were symptomatic of a Scotland innings that never got off the ground.
They missed a six and got only four fours after the second delivery of the seventh over: one of them was a free and another was a leg.
Zimbabwe’s new-ball pairing of Tendai Chatara and Richard Ngarava were outstanding, while spinners Raza and Williams worked together in a tight innings.
When Scotland had a chance at the fall of Williams’ wicket, the electric Raza reversed the momentum with three fours and two sixes.
Former glory for Zimbabwe
Political and financial problems have overshadowed the side that rivaled Zimbabwe’s strongest cricketing nations during its heyday in the 1990s.
The International Cricket Council suspended them in 2019, a ban that cost them a place in last year’s tournament.
But they have now won nine of their past 11 T20 internationals along with Australia’s one-day international defeat in September.
They progress with wins over Ireland and Scotland. Significantly, captain Ervine missed the defeat in West Indies and it was his composure that led the Bellerive Oval chase at the top of the order.
When Ervin finally made a mistake and bent left-arm spinner Mark Watt to mid-on, Zimbabwe needed only 14 from three overs.
Milton Shumba and Ryan Burle refused to panic, Burle hit Safyaan Sharif to mid-off for the winning boundary.