Darlington Gatsi and Richard Zimunya
ZIMBABWE Women’s Cricket team went down by eight runs to Thailand in the opening game of the ICC Global Women’s Cricket qualifiers at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
The defeat puts pressure on the hosts as they had been tipped to prevail against a side considered the weakest of the group.
Zimbabwe are in group B and they play USA on Thursday looking to bounce back from yesterday’s defeat.
On losing the toss, Zimbabwe bowled and seemingly restricted Thailand to 248 for six in the 50 overs but in the end they felt they had
given Thailand too many runs.
Zimbabwe Coach Adam Chifo conceded that the match against Thailand is one that got away.
“Obviously not a good start to the tournament. Losing the first game of the tournament puts a lot of pressure on anybody. Thailand was
one of our matches to win. A win for us could have secured us a place in the super six right now unfortunately it did not go our way.
“We need to beat USA and upset one of the big teams but none the less I thought we have ourselves to blame for the loss. We conceded 22
extras and we were not disciplined enough with the ball.
So maybe we were chasing 20-30 more runs that we ought to have had we been more disciplined. I thought we applied ourselves better in terms of batting,” said Adam Chifo.
Lady Chevrons captain, Marry-Anne Musonda was disappointed by the result against the Asians, conceding that her charges were not clinical in the bowling department.
“I think when it is this tournament we always have to be on point and if you look at the way we started we bowled loose balls and they were able to capitalise.
If you look at their opening partnerships against us you will see we faced dot balls and we failed to dispatch dot balls.
“So it always comes back to us not being lenient with the opposition, trying to always be ahead of the run rate. Playing catch up has got
a risk factor and with the pressure that will be there you might not be able to catch up. It hurts to lose by a couple of runs,” said Musonda
Despite the shock defeat, Musonda still believes they have a chance in the tournament.
“We just wanted to get two wins. It is unfortunate that it was not today but we still have three more games, we are not losing hope. We
are just hoping to make sure the mistakes we made today will not be the same mistakes we make going forward,” she said