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Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer led by example as he took five wickets to guide his side to a six-wicket win over Scotland in the second ODI in Edinburgh.
Cremer was well supported by Sikandar Raza, who scored an unbeaten 58 and claimed two wickets, as the series ended as a 1-1 draw.
Opting to bat first, Scotland lost opener Matthew Cross for just three runs, but skipper Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod made up for it with a 71-run partnership, during which Coetzer surpassed his half-century.
With Scotland having taken control of the game, Zimbabwe began their comeback when Coetzer was stumped by Peter Moor off the bowling of Cremer for 61, which came off 60 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.
MacLeod went on to make 58 off 78 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Sean Williams.
Following MacLeod’s dismissal, Cremer tore through Scotland’s middle order before Raza finished off the tail.
Thanks to Cremer and Raza, the hosts went from 135/3 to being bowled out for 169.
Cremer was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Raza and Williams snapped up two wickets apiece. Ryan Burl, meanwhile, chipped in with one.
Chasing 170 to win, Zimbabwe stuttered at the start of their innings as Chris Sole removed Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza and Williams in quick succession.
Raza and Craig Ervine steadied the ship with a 55-run partnership before Ervine was cleaned up by Josh Davey for 30.
That was to be Scotland’s last taste of success though as Raza and Burl finished things off with an unbeaten 72-run stand, during which Raza brought up his fifty.
Raza ended up making 58 off 88 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Burl remained undefeated on 30 off 43 deliveries, which included one boundary.
Sole was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Davey claimed one.