Emerging Zim out to stretch lead

Brandon Moyo

EMERGING Zimbabwe cricket team will be looking at stretching their lead against Emerging South Africa when they face off in the second One Day match at the Groenkloof Oval in Pretoria today.

The Zimbabweans are leading the five-match series 1-0.

They secured a win in the opening match on Sunday.

Victory today will put them on course to winning the series.

Tinotenda Maposa has joined the team in South Africa to replace all-rounder, Luke Jongwe, who lost his father a few days ago.

Fast bowler, Tanaka Chivanga, troubled the young South Africans with his pace and will be key with the ball for the visitors alongside leg spinner, Brandon Mavuta, who managed to claim three wickets.

Having struggled for form in the past, Milton Shumba also showed glimpses of what he is capable of with the bat, as he finished unbeaten with 83 runs off 96 balls.

Zimbabwe comfortably chased down the set target of 252 runs.

Today’s game will also provide a chance of redemption for the Zimbabwe skipper, Roy Kaia, and opening batsman Tadiwanashe Marumani.

Kaia, the oldest in the team, was run out for just one run while Marumani fell for six runs.

For the hosts, hope will be invested in Cricket South Africa (CSA) Domestic Newcomer of the Year Jordan Hermann.

He top-scored in the series opener with their only half century, departing for 54 runs, off 92 balls.

The remaining three games are set for August 18, 21 and 23.

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