ZIM WIN THRILLER

26 Nov, 2021 - 11:11 0 Views
ZIM WIN THRILLER

H-Metro

Richard Zimunya and Darlington Gatsi

LADY CHEVRONS survived a huge scare, clinched a nail-biting contest against the USA at Takashinga Sports Club yesterday to revive hopes of making the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021.

With the win, Zimbabwe moved into third place of Group B on net run rate, tied on two points with Pakistan while Thailand and Bangladesh lead with four points each.

The USA are bottom of the group with zero points.

Zimbabwe won by one wicket with 99 balls remaining, having lost the opener by eight runs against Thailand.

The ninth wicket fell with 17 more runs needed and the last pair of Nomvelo Sibanda and Francisca Chipare negotiated three overs to reach the target –hitting three fours in the process.

Lady Chevrons coach, Adam Chifo was a relieved man after a hard fought win.

“A very bad win obviously it is not the way we wanted. We are happy we took the two points but
we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.

Chifo felt they did not apply themselves well in all departments.

“I think we did not apply ourselves in departments.

“Not taking anything from USA side we should not have chase 131 runs, it should have been hundred or less.

“Then when we came in to bat I think that was a bit reckless from the top order , top five should have got the score for us in 20 to 25 overs,” he said.

Zimbabwe won the toss and selected to field first, restricting USA to 132 runs all out.

Player-of-the-match, Loreen Tshuma was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 19 in 10 overs, taking his tally to five wickets in two games.

“It was a simple plan. The plan for us was to bowl straight and attacking the wicket.

“The conditions are more favouring the spinners, so I am looking forward to come to the party every time I am given a chance,” said Tshuma.

Zimbabwe had a poor performance with the bat yesterday with four players out for zero – captain Mary-Anne Musonda, Chiedza Dhururu, Loreen Tshuma and Nyasha Gwanzura.

The skipper, who faced 16 balls for her duck, shouldered the blame.

“When I got in, we were around 60 for two and I thought it was going to be easy to reach the target
but unfortunately all the bowlers started bowling very good lines.

“It took time for me to get off the mark and eventually I did not because I played a pressure
shot.

“So I take most of the responsibility on how things went today,” she said.

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