CHAWAGUTA BANKING ON MOTHER OF ALL MIRACLES

Blessing Malinganiza in Abu Dhabi, UAE 

LADY Chevrons coach Walter Chawaguta says he remains hopeful a miracle will help his team find a way to gatecrash the semi-final party at the 2024 ICC Women T20 World Cup qualifiers here.

Zimbabwe play Netherlands today in which a win will keep alive the team’s very slim chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.

A defeat means the Lady Chevrons will not qualify for the second consecutive time. 

Chawaguta remains hopeful in adversity and admits his the team has made life difficult for themselves 

“It is always good to have hope. We have made things difficult for ourselves,” said Chawaguta. 

Having lost two matches and won one in three games, Chawaguta feels the tournament has not gone according to plan as they have been caught wanting with either the ball or with the bat. 

“We have had some meetings and discussed what needs to be done and, unfortunately, one of things we spoke about is that we have to start well whether it is with the bat or the ball and this is not what has happened. 

“We have not been good with either the bat or the ball in matches we lost,” said Chawaguta. 

He added:

“Obviously it (qualification) now depends on other results but first and foremost we have to win our game against the Netherlands and from there, there are quite a few ways this can go and we hope that things go our way.”

Zimbabwe sit in fourth place with two points but have an inferior run-rate to Netherlands and UAE who have the same number of points. 

“And, like I said, first and foremost we have to beat the Netherlands as it is the only thing that will keep us in the hunt,” he said.

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