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Nasser Hussain
"Mullally showed great composure - the trouble is won't hear the last of it."
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Jonathan Agnew reports
"Mullally won the match with an edge through third man"
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Friday, 18 February, 2000, 17:58 GMT
It wasn't pretty - Hussain

Mullally Alan Mullally celebrates the winning runs

England captain Nasser Hussain announced he was relieved to have secured his second consecutive one-day victory over Zimbabwe, but admitted his side's performance had been less-than convincing.

We played a lot of good cricket and towards the end we played some not so good cricket.
England captain, Nasser Hussain
Chasing 132 to win, the tourists looked to be cruising to victory at 120-5, but a clatter of wickets saw them collapse to 125-9 with last man Alan Mullally striding out to the crease.

Mullally kept his nerve, however, and a four through third man gave England a 2-0 lead in the series.

"There's something about Bulawayo," Hussain said.

"Every time I've been there I've sat up there and chewed off my fingernails.

England England suffered a late collapse at the hands of Zimbabwe
"We played a lot of good cricket and towards the end we played some not so good cricket.

"I don't think there's a lot you can say after that. We won the game and we're 2-0 up in the series, which is what we came to Bulawayo for.

"But we can't really collapse like that towards the end on a pretty good wicket and the boys know that; they don't need me to say it wasn't very good."

White: We must improve

Man-of-the-match Craig White said the England team were far from happy with their scrappy performance.

We can't afford to come so close to throwing away winning positions like that.
Man-of-the-match Craig White
White, who took five wickets and scored a crucial 26, said: "The less said about that the better.

"I've got a lot of respect for the Zimbabwe boys, if you take them lightly they'll beat you.

"When they do well they can put pressure on anyone, which is a credit to them and to their system.

White Craig White performed well with bat and ball
"People are inviting them all over the world because they know Zimbabwe can compete now."

Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower praised England for the way they had reduced his team to 131 all out.

"The ball moved around this morning and the England bowlers exploited it really well," Flower said.

"They bowled very well and had us in a lot of trouble.

"But we knew that if we got the big boys at the top of the England order and kept applying the pressure then we'd have a chance.

"We did have a good chance and it was a good game."

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