Ervine, Shumba propel Zimbabwe to victory over Namibia in first T20I

Zimbabwe – 153-4 in 20 overs (Craig Ervine 55*, Sikandar Raza 37, Wessly Madhevere 23; Bernard Scholtz 2/19, Pikky Ya France 1/14, Gerhard Erasmus 1/15)

Namibia – 146-5 in 20 overs (Divan la Cock 66, Craig Williams 25, Zane Green 19; Milton Shumba 3/16, Brandon Mavuta 1/20, Tendai Chatara 1/25)

 

Zimbabwe won by seven runs

 

An unbeaten half-century from Craig Ervine and three important wickets from Milton Shumba were vital in Zimbabwe’s seven-run victory over Namibia in the first Twenty20 international match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

The hosts decided to bat on winning the toss and opened their innings with Regis Chakabva and Wessly Madhevere.

The pair got their team off to a fair start, putting on 34 together with Madhevere in particular striking the ball well.

However, in the fifth over, Madhevere tried to drive a ball from Bernard Scholtz back over his head, but skyed a catch and was caught for 23 off 12 balls, with five fours.

Chakabva had scored 15 off 21 balls when he tried a fancy shot to the off from Scholtz and was bowled – 44 for two in the seventh over.

There followed the major partnership of the innings, as Sikandar Raza joined Ervine and they added 71 runs in nine overs, although they never really dominated the bowling to the extent desirable.

Raza scored 37 off 30 balls, but just as the last five overs began and a major scoring effort was needed, he tried a big leg hit off Gerhard Erasmus, the eighth bowler used by Namibia, and was lbw at 115 for three.

In the following over came another setback, as Milton Shumba (4) drove a catch off Pikky Ya France straight to extra cover to make the score 120 for four in the 17th over.

Ervine hit out well in the final overs, but there was not really enough time for Ryan Burl to get his eye in and launch into his most devastating strokes before the innings ended.

Ervine finished with 55 not out off 39 balls, with three sixes and three fours, while Burl had 11 off 11 balls.

It was the fine slow bowling of Scholtz in particular (two for only 19 off his four overs), backed by Ya France and Erasmus, that put the brakes on the Zimbabwe innings and restricted them to a score of 153 for four wickets.

Namibia got off to a fine start with their openers Craig Williams and Divan la Cock, who ran to 41 off the first five overs.

The bowlers then managed to tie down Williams, and eventually he holed out to deep midwicket off Brandon Mavuta for 25, scored off 34 balls.

By then the score was 67 for one in the 10th over, and la Cock was going well on 35.

It was now the turn of the Zimbabwe spinners to cause the batters to struggle, and the new man, Erasmus, soon skyed the ball behind point off Shumba, to be brilliantly caught by Donald Tiripano running back.

Jan Nicol-Eaton came in next, to score nine off 10 balls before he was smartly stumped by Chakabva off Shumba, to make the score 96 for three in the 15th over.

La Cock had just reached his fifty off 36 balls, but with five overs left Namibia needed 55 runs still to win and Zimbabwe seemed to have tipped the balance in their own favour.

La Cock hit Raza for six in an over that cost 12 runs, and in the following over he did the same to Shumba, only to be well caught off the next delivery by Luke Jongwe on the midwicket boundary.

This dismissal was the decisive blow for Zimbabwe, as it left Namibia at 119 for four in the 17th over, with the new batters needing a scoring rate of 10.5 an over to win, and then 33 were needed off the last three overs.

Tendai Chatara was brought on to bowl the 18th over, which cost nine runs as the batters scored off every ball.

The penultimate over was given to Jongwe, another paceman, and nine runs also came off this over, leaving Namibia to score 15 runs to win off the final over, given to Chatara.

A single came to David Wiese off the first ball, and then Zane Green, dabbling at a ball outside the off stump, was given out caught at the wicket for 19, scored off 15 balls.

Fourteen runs were needed off the final four deliveries, but the later batters now in could manage only six, and so Zimbabwe claimed a narrow victory by seven runs.

Shumba’s three vital top-order wickets, including that of the dangerous la Cock, had turned the match in Zimbabwe’s favour, and he finished with figures of three for 16, although only given three overs.

Zimbabwe gear up for strong outing against Namibia in T20I series

Zimbabwe will be looking to lay down a marker ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022 with a strong outing in the five-match Twenty20 international (T20I) series against Namibia that gets underway this Tuesday at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

 

The home side goes into the series – scheduled for 17, 19, 21, 22 and 24 May – with a powerful 18-man squad led by limited-overs captain Craig Ervine, alongside fellow seasoned campaigners Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva and Tendai Chatara.

 

“We need to hit the ground running as we cannot afford missing out on the T20 World Cup, with the Namibia series presenting us with a great opportunity to fine-tune our team for the qualifiers,” Zimbabwe Cricket’s Convener of Selectors David Mutendera said.

 

Zimbabwe will in July host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B, which is one of two global tournaments that together form the final stage of the qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 to be staged in Australia.

 

The squad that will face Namibia includes seven players who were recently on tour with the Zimbabwe A team in Nepal – Tony Munyonga, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Luke Jongwe, Brandon Mavuta, Bradley Evans, Innocent Kaia and Victor Nyauchi.

 

Wellington Masakadza and Richard Ngarava are missing out through injury, while Blessing Muzarabani is at the Indian Premier League.

 

“We had to get all the best available players for this series, from the experienced Raza to the upcoming Tony Munyonga,” Mutendera said.

 

“The coach asked for a squad of 18 and we backed him as this will not only allow for the rotation of players but will also give us an opportunity to have a look in at those players who have been on the sidelines ahead of the qualifiers.”

 

Spectators will be allowed into Queens Sports Club to watch the T20I series between Zimbabwe and Namibia, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

The gate charges are: US$2 for access to the stadium’s grandstand and US$1 for the rest of the ground.

 

The matches will be live-streamed on Zimbabwe Cricket’s YouTube channel and website, while ball-by-ball coverage will also be available on the Zimbabwe Cricket mobile app.

 

ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR T20I SERIES VERSUS NAMIBIA:

 

Craig Ervine (captain), Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Ernest Masuku, Brandon Mavuta, Tony Munyonga, Richmond Mutumbami, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano

Hendricks century steers South Africa A to victory in final T20

South Africa A – 212-2 in 20 overs (Reeza Hendricks 101*, Ryan Rickelton 47, Jason Smith 30*; Ernest Masuku 2/34)

Zimbabwe XI – 120-9 in 20 overs (Sikandar Raza 25, Milton Shumba 21, Wessly Madhevere 17; Junior Dala 3/19, Glenton Stuurman 3/23, Bjorn Fortuin 2/31)

 

South Africa A won by 92 runs

A dazzling century from Reeza Hendricks steered South Africa A to a 92-run victory over Zimbabwe XI in the fifth and final T20 match at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

The tourists, having already won the series, threw aside all inhibitions and produced a devastating batting display when they went in first after winning the toss.

Hendricks and Wihan Lubbe opened the batting, with the latter making most of the early running, scoring 21 off 13 balls before he slogged across a straight ball from Ernest Masuku and was bowled, with the score 33 in only the fourth over.

Ryan Rickelton came in and immediately launched into the bowling, while Hendricks soon began to open out too.

They put on 90 runs in nine overs before Rickelton was well caught on the deep off Masuku for 47 as he aimed to reach his fifty – he hit three sixes and four fours, and the score was 123 for two in the 13th over.

For a while the scoring rate dropped below 10 an over as Jason Smith joined Hendricks, but in the last four or five overs the batters really went to town on the bowling.

Hendricks took 33 balls to reach his fifty and opened up more powerfully than ever, while Smith joined the run riot after playing himself in.

Fifty-two runs came from the last three overs, with the bowlers and fielders unable to stem the flood.

Hendricks was on 95 when he faced the last ball of the innings, from Tanaka Chivanga, and he hammered it brilliantly over the off-side field for a six to finish not out with 101, scored off only 55 balls, with no fewer than eight sixes and five fours.

Smith finished with 30 off 24 balls, and the total was an imposing 212 for two wickets.

Zimbabwe XI had no choice but to adopt the same policy and attack the bowling from the very start.

Regis Chakabva soon put Daryn Dupavillon away for a four, and in the third over Wessly Madhevere hit Bjorn Fortuin for two superb leg-side sixes off successive deliveries.

However, the following over from Glenton Stuurman ended all that.

Off the first delivery Chakabva was out, trying to paddle the ball down to fine leg but being caught by the wicket-keeper after scoring 12.

Four balls later, Craig Ervine was beaten and trapped lbw by a superb delivery that jagged back sharply at him off the pitch.

Worse was to come as Junior Dala’s first ball had Nyasha Mayavo caught for one, and the third legitimate delivery, after two wides, bowled out Tino Mutombodzi without scoring.

Dala began his next over by bowling out Madhevere for 17, and the Zimbabwean innings was crippled at 36 for five in the seventh over.

Sikandar Raza came in, defiantly hit Gerald Coetzee for six, and set about with Milton Shumba to try and regain some respect for his team’s innings.

They took the score to 77 together until Fortuin came on to bowl the 15th over, and disaster struck again.

Of the first delivery Shumba was caught in the deep for 21.

 

Raza, facing the next delivery, hit it for six, but was then promptly caught himself for 25, scored off 25 balls.

Zimbabwe XI were now reduced to a score of 83 for seven wickets, with Ryan Burl and Masuku together, and the best they could aim for was to pass 100 and reduce the margin of defeat to less than 100 runs, if possible.

 

That they did, as they added 24 together with Masuku hitting three fours before he was bowled by Dupavillon for 17, making the score 107 for eight in exactly 19 overs.

 

Off the final over, bowled by Stuurman, Burl blasted a four and a six before he perished to the penultimate delivery of the match while attempting another maximum hit – he was caught by Rickelton, having scored 15 off 10 balls.

 

The last man in, Chivanga, then got a single that closed the Zimbabwe XI innings at 120 for nine, giving South Africa A an emphatic victory by 92 runs.

Marumani fifty in vain as Zimbabwe A lose to Nepal

Zimbabwe A – 213 all out in 32.1 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 50, Kudzai Maunze 39, Roy Kaia 36; Kishore Mahato 5/43, Sompal Kami 2/45, Dipendra Singh Airee 1/18)

Nepal – 214-4 in 30.1 overs (Kushal Bhurtel 84, Dipendra Singh Airee 60*, Aasif Sheikh 29; Brandon Mavuta 3/46, Brad Evans 1/38)

 

Nepal won by six wickets

Tadiwanashe Marumani’s brilliant half-century was in vain after Zimbabwe A lost to Nepal by six wickets in their third and final one-day match at Kirtipur on Monday.

Morning rain delayed the start and the match had to be rescheduled for 33 overs per side.

Zimbabwe A, put in to bat on losing the toss again, knew they had to play virtually in T20 manner if they were to set a target that would challenge the powerful Nepalese hitters.

Fortunately, Marumani rose to the occasion with some magnificent hitting from the very start, and when his partner Innocent Kaia was caught for 12 in the fifth over the score was already 40.

Marumani shared a second-wicket partnership of 49 in six overs with Kudzai Maunze (39), before being caught for 50, scored off 31 balls with two sixes and seven fours.

Johnathan Campbell was caught for three, when the score was 107 for four in the 17th over.

This brought in Cephas Zhuwao, batting at number six this time, but he flickered only briefly, hitting two sixes before being caught for 16 off 18 balls – 143 for five in the 23rd over.

Roy Kaia was still there, and he was now joined by the captain, Tony Munyonga, who played the most dynamic innings of all.

He faced only 12 balls before being caught, but he scored 24 runs with two sixes and two fours.

Shortly afterwards, Roy Kaia was run out after scored 36 off 48 balls, with a six and three fours, making the total 182 for seven wickets.

There was still powerful batting to come, with Brad Evans and Luke Jongwe together.

Evans, however, was soon caught for seven, but Jongwe played some powerful hits with help from Brandon Mavuta.

The innings ended in the final over for 213: Mavuta was lbw for six, while Jongwe was caught for 19, scored off 15 balls.

Nepal made a fine start to their innings, with Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh putting on 73 for the first wicket in the first 12 overs.

Sheikh was then caught by Campbell off Mavuta for 29, scored off 37 balls, and at 112 Sunil Dhamala, who never got going, was caught by Marumani, keeping wicket in this match, for six off 14 balls.

The match was in the balance at 130, when with successive deliveries Mavuta had Bhurtel caught by Roy Kaia for 84 and then trapped the new man Rohit Paudel lbw with his next delivery.

Bhurtel had set the innings up for his team’s victory, and his 84 came off only 61 balls and contained four sixes and seven fours.

With even one more wicket, the Zimbabweans might have taken a firm grip on the match, but unfortunately for them Binod Bhandari joined Dipendra Singh Airee and the two of them built the decisive partnership to win the match.

The bowlers could not break through again, and the winning runs were scored with 17 balls in hand.

Singh finished with 60 not out off 43 balls, having hit three sixes and four fours, and Bhandari with 28 off 26 balls, with three fours.

Mavuta took three wickets for 46 runs off six overs, but all the bowlers travelled for more than six runs an over.

Zimbabwe XI recover to record big win over South Africa A

Zimbabwe XI – 135-9 in 20 overs (Ryan Burl 41, Milton Shumba 41, Wessly Madhevere 23; Gerald Coetzee 4/19, Glenton Stuurman 2/26, Bjorn Fortuin 1/1)

South Africa A – 73 all out in 16 overs (Khaya Zondo 18, Heinrich Klaasen 14, Bjorn Fortuin 7; Milton Shumba 4/15, Sikandar Raza 3/18, Tanaka Chivanga 1/6)

 

Zimbabwe XI won by 62 runs

A determined sixth-wicket partnership of 69 between Milton Shumba and Ryan Burl set Zimbabwe XI up for a remarkable 62-run victory over South Africa A in the fourth T20 match at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

 

The hosts decided to bat on winning the toss.

However, they lost Regis Chakabva, returning after injury, to the first ball he faced, bowled out by Bjorn Fortuin.

Wessly Madhevere gave hope of better things, as in the next over he hit Daryn Dupavillon’s first three deliveries for four apiece, while Craig Ervine then hit the last ball of the over for another boundary.

Madhevere hit two more fours off the third over, bowled by Junior Dala, but lost Ervine, who sliced a ball from Glenton Stuurman to backward point for five.

Without a run added Madhevere departed, caught in the same place off Gerald Coetzee for 23, scored off only 14 balls, and the Zimbabweans’ hopes of a good start were over.

By the end of the seventh over the situation deteriorated to 40 for five wickets, as Sikandar Raza dabbed at a ball from Coetzee to be caught at the wicket, while four balls later Tino Mutombodzi was given out in the same way as he tried to avoid a short ball from the same bowler.

There followed the one good partnership of the innings – and indeed of the match – as Burl joined Shumba, and it turned out to be the crucial event of the match.

There followed nine overs of fine batting as both batters fought back and played some fine strokes, adding 69 runs together and giving their team hope.

But at 109 the stand was broken, as Shumba chose the wrong ball from Dala to attempt a pull and had his off stump knocked back – he had scored 41 off 40 balls, with a six and three fours.

Burl by now had his eye in and was hitting dangerously, but in the following over he skyed a big hit off Coetzee and was gone for 41, scored off 31 balls with two sixes and three fours.

Richmond Mutumbami scored a quick 10, but the innings finished at 135 for nine wickets.

Coetzee’s fine bowling reaped its reward with four vital wickets for only 19 runs in his four overs, while Stuurman took two for 26.

When the South Africans batted, from the start the home side gave a spirited bowling and fielding performance.

They received a boost as Madhevere bowled the first over.

Lesiba Ngoepe reverse-swept the second ball for four, but then missed a conventional sweep to the next ball and was given out lbw.

Tendai Chatara bowled the second over, and finished it by removing the dangerous Ryan Rickelton, caught low down in the covers by Mutumbami, who had given the gloves to Chakabva for this match – two wickets were down for nine runs.

Wihan Lubbe (7) was next to go, as he tried to evade a lifter from Tanaka Chivanga that brushed his glove to be caught by Chakabva behind the stumps – 22 for three.

For once the South Africans, in the form of Khaya Zondo and Heinrich Klaasen, were having to bat carefully, although Klaasen chafed at the bit and hit Masuku for six.

Then he tried to do the same thing off Shumba’s bowling and hit a catch straight to Madhevere on the midwicket boundary – out for 14, and the visitors were struggling at 46 for four after nine overs.

Jason Smith joined Zondo and played cautiously, until he suddenly decided to drive Shumba for six, only to hole out to Burl on the long-off boundary for five – 57 for five.

The required run rate was now soaring beyond 10 runs an over, and Fortuin (7) holed out at midwicket off Raza for seven going for another big shot.

Then came the key wicket of Zondo, who drove Shumba straight, but again into the hands of Burl at long-off – he went for 18 off 29 balls, and with the score 68 for seven South Africa A’s doom was as good as sealed.

Shumba finished his over by removing Coetzee lbw for one, while Stuurman also fell lbw, Raza being the bowler this time, which took the score to 73 for nine.

It only took one more ball for Raza to bowl out the last man, Dupavillon, and the South Africans were all out for 73 in 16 overs, with Dala unbeaten on one.

The last five wickets had fallen in 13 balls for just five runs, an astounding collapse.

Shumba took four wickets for 15 runs and Raza three for 18, but they also benefited from the good work of the pacemen and Madhevere, who made the early breakthrough.

 

It was an impressive turnaround within 24 hours by Zimbabwe XI, as they recovered from a heavy defeat to South Africa A on Saturday to record the big victory.

Zimbabwe XI suffer heavy defeat to South Africa A in third T20

South Africa A – 184-8 in 20 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 56, Ryan Rickelton 47, Bjorn Fortuin 19; Tanaka Chivanga 3/29, Wessly Madhevere 2/9, Ernest Masuku 1/28)

Zimbabwe XI – 42 all out in 12 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 16, Craig Ervine 8, Ryan Burl 6; Junior Dala 3/12, Bjorn Fortuin 2/4, Lizaad Williams 2/7)

 

South Africa A won by 142 runs

Zimbabwe XI suffered a heavy 142-run defeat at the hands of South Africa A in the third of the five-match T20 series at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

The home side won the toss and put the tourists in to bat.

Lesiba Ngoepe, full of confidence after his century on Wednesday, attacked the bowling from the start, but did not last long this time.

He scored 19 of the first 27 runs in three overs, but then tried to pull a ball from Tendai Chatara in the third over and skyed a catch to fine leg.

Two balls later Reeza Hendricks followed him back to the pavilion for three, as he attempted an ambitious drive over mid-on off Wessly Madhevere, and was bowled – 28 for two.

Unfortunately, the Zimbabweans were unable to maintain this good start, as Ryan Rickelton and Heinrich Klaasen settled in for what proved to be the match-winning partnership.

Klaasen played a devastating innings of 56, scored off only 31 balls.

The score was 125 after 13 overs when he skyed a ball from Wellington Masakadza high to the point boundary, to be caught by Craig Ervine after a partnership worth 97 runs – he hit five sixes and three fours.

The remaining batters went for runs at any price and the Zimbabweans cashed in with wickets, but the score continued to rise quickly.

Khaya Zondo was lbw to Madhevere for three, missing a big mow to leg off a straight ball, and then Rickelton, who had scored 47 off 35 balls, slashed at a ball from Tanaka Chivanga that was moving away from him and edged a catch to the wicket-keeper, Richmond Mutumbami.

Jason Smith scored five before clipping a low catch to Chatara at backward square leg off Ernest Masuku, and then Bjorn Fortuin and Glenton Stuurman added 20 in two overs before both were out to big leg-side hits off Chivanga in the final over.

After their 20 overs the South Africans had the daunting score of 184 for eight wickets on the board.

Chivanga with three wickets for 29 runs was the most successful bowler, while Madhevere took two for nine, strangely only bowling two overs.

The Zimbabweans then collapsed disastrously at the top of their order.

At the end of the first over Madhevere aimed a cross-batted mow at a straight ball from Fortuin and was out lbw for one.

Off the very next ball bowled, Takudzwanashe Kaitano was beaten by a good delivery from Daryn Dupavillon and given out caught at the wicket for two.

Sikandar Raza came in at number four, but in vain, as in the third he tried to hook a short ball from Lizaad Williams and skyed a catch to point, out for two.

Tino Mutombodzi was then trapped lbw by Stuurman for five, and Ervine then edged a hook off Williams to depart for eight.

This made the score a disastrous 16 for five wickets, with a wicket having fallen in each of the first five overs.

With all hopes of victory gone, all Ryan Burl and Mutumbami, the last two recognised batters, could do was to try to stay in and score runs at a reasonable pace in a damage limitation exercise.

Mutumbami hit Junior Dala for two fours in three balls to help the cause, but the moment Burl tried a big one he hit a catch straight to the long-leg fieldsman to be out for six – 40 for six wickets.

In the following over Mutumbami aimed a cross-bat heave at a straight ball from Fortuin and paid the penalty, comprehensively bowled for 16 to make the score 41 for seven.

Next to go was Chatara, trying to avoid a stroke at a ball from Dala, but edging a catch to the keeper.

Dala’s next delivery was another fine ball that knocked new man Chivanga’s off stump out of the ground.

With Masakadza injured and unable to bat, the innings closed here for 42 all out – Masuku was not out with two.

Dala finished with three wickets for 12 runs in three overs, while Fortuin’s two overs brought him two wickets for four runs and Williams took two for seven.

Batting woes condemn Zimbabwe A to defeat in second one-dayer

Zimbabwe A – 87 all out in 31.5 overs (Johnathan Campbell 27, Brad Evans 20*, Cephas Zhuwao 10; Sompal Kami 3/16, Karan KC 3/17, Sandeep Lamichhane 2/26)

Nepal – 89-1 in 11.2 overs (Sunil Dhamala 38, Aasif Sheikh 34*, Binod Bhandari 4*; Brandon Mavuta 1/26)

 

Nepal won by nine points

Zimbabwe A had a day to forget on the park in the second one-day match against Nepal at Kirtipur on Saturday, being bowled out for 87 and losing easily by nine wickets.

The tourists were as usual put in to bat when they lost the toss, and the disaster began from the very first ball, when Innocent Kaia was caught off the bowling of Karan KC.

Tadiwanashe Marumani was the next man out, at 15 in the fourth over, when he was caught at the wicket off Sompal Kami.

Cephas Zhuwao hit a six and a four, but otherwise struggled to score in his usual style, for he faced 13 balls for these 10 runs before he was also caught off Karan.

Wickets continued to tumble: Roy Kaia went for four, Clive Madande for one and Tony Munyonga for two, as the score reached 30 for six wickets in the 12th over, with Karan and Kami taking three wickets each.

Finally, there came something of a stand, as Johnathan Campbell and Luke Jongwe fought back and more than doubled this meagre score.

At 65 in the 23rd over, however, disaster returned, as Jongwe was bowled by Sagar Dhakal for eight, and off the very next delivery Campbell was run out for 27.

In the following over, the score plunged to 66 for nine wickets, as Brandon Mavuta was out lbw to Sandeep Lamichhane for one.

Fortunately, the last-wicket pair fought back, with Victor Nyauchi playing a defensive game while Brad Evans went for his strokes whenever he could, judging well which balls to hit.

He scored 20 not out off 35 balls, with a six and a four, when Nyauchi, who faced 17 balls without scoring, got stumped.

The innings thus ended after 31.5 overs for 87.

Of the bowlers, Karan finished with three wickets for 17 and Kami three for 16.

The aggressive Nepalese opening batters almost wiped off the runs needed for victory between themselves.

Aasif Sheikh scored 34 not out off only 31 balls, with six fours, while Sunil Dhamala scored 38 before he was out with the score at 79, caught by Jongwe off Mavuta just short of victory.

Binod Bhandari hit a boundary, not out, and Sheikh hit Campbell for the winning four as Nepal completed an overwhelming nine-wicket victory off only 11.2 overs.

Kaia, Evans help Zimbabwe A defeat Nepal in first one-dayer

Nepal – 136 all out in 31.3 overs (Sompal Kami 30, Karan KC 25, Kushal Bhurtel 19; Brad Evans 4/27, Cephas Zhuwao 2/9, Brandon Mavuta 2/24)

Zimbabwe A – 137-7 in 26 overs (Innocent Kaia 48*, Cephas Zhuwao 32, Brad Evans 17*; Karan KC 2/30, Sandeep Lamichhane 2/32, Sompal Kami 1/14)

 

Zimbabwe A won by three wickets

A magnificent fighting innings of 48 not out by Innocent Kaia held the Zimbabwe A batting together and saw them through to victory by three wickets in the first unofficial one-day international against Nepal at Kirtipur on Friday.

Zimbabwe A won the toss, put the home side in to bat, and immediately Kushal Bhurtel launched a full-blooded attack on the opening bowlers, Victor Nyauchi and Brad Evans.

He scored 19 off 10 balls, with four fours, until in the third over Nyauchi bowled him out with the total on 22.

In the following over, Evans had Aasif Sheikh caught at the wicket by Clive Madande for five, and then Nyauchi bowled Aarif Sheikh, also for five.

This left Nepal reeling at 33 for three in the fifth over.

They never recovered, although Dipendra Singh Airee scored 18 off 20 balls before he also was caught at the wicket off Evans.

Sompal Kami, coming in at number six, put his head down and fought his way to a determined 30, which took him 70 balls.

He found some support from Karan KC, who scored 25 off 36 balls, and this pair took the score past 100 and added 37 for the eighth wicket, the highest partnership of the innings, in just over 10 overs.

The left-arm spin of Cephas Zhuwao finally accounted for both of these batters, and the Nepal innings closed for 136, having lasted only 31.3 overs.

Evans was the outstanding bowler, delivering 8.3 overs and taking four wickets for 27 runs, three of them at the top of the order.

There were two wickets each for Nyauchi, Brandon Mavuta and Zhuwao.

Innocent Kaia opened the Zimbabwe A batting with Zhuwao, the heavy artillery the team had brought in to counter the Nepalese hitters.

Kaia was able to sit back and watch, as Zhuwao briefly played himself in and then began his assault, the highlight being in the fifth over, when he hit the left-arm spinner Sagar Dhakal for a four and two sixes off successive deliveries.

However, in the next over Nepal’s captain and star leg-spin bowler Sandeep Lamichhane trapped Zhuwao into lofting a catch, and he was out for 32 off 29 balls, with two sixes and three fours.

Tadiwanashe Marumani came in, hit a boundary and was then caught.

Innocent then shared a useful posh with his cousin Roy Kaia, until the latter was caught for 14, making the score 80 for three.

Then the side got into trouble, as the captain Tony Munyonga was caught and bowled for five, Johnathan Campbell was run out also for five, and Madande was caught for one.

This made the score 100 for six wickets, and victory was now by no means assured.

Luke Jongwe came in, and with Innocent the pair concentrated on keeping the score ticking over with well-placed singles.

At 118, however, Jongwe was bowled by Dhakal for five, and Evans replaced him with seven wickets down and 19 runs still needed.

The score crept up slowly to 121 in the next three overs, before suddenly Evans found his confidence against the left-arm spinner Sushan Bhari, and in the next over, the 26th of the innings, he hit him for two sixes and a four, and Zimbabwe A were home and dry in a triumphant finish.

Evans finished with 17 not out, while Innocent ended with 48 off 48 balls, with a six and four fours, unfortunately just short of a richly deserved fifty, but no doubt he will be well satisfied with the victory he fought so hard to achieve.

Nepal for their part fought hard with the ball and in the field to try to make up for their batting failures.

Lamichhane and Karan were the most successful bowlers with two wickets each.

Raza leads spirited chase but Zimbabwe XI fall short in second T20

South Africa A – 224-4 in 20 overs (Lesiba Ngoepe 114, Reeza Hendricks 77, Tristan Stubbs 17*; Tendai Chatara 1/37, Sikandar Raza 1/37, Tanaka Chivanga 1/45)

Zimbabwe XI – 202-9 in 20 overs (Sikandar Raza 82, Ryan Burl 30, Wessley Madhevere 19; Lizaad Williams 3/38, Gerald Coetzee 2/31, Bjorn Fortuin 2/36)

 

South Africa A won by 22 runs

Sikandar Raza played a brilliant innings of 82 as he spearheaded a spirited fightback by Zimbabwe XI after South Africa A had run up a huge total of 224 for four wickets in the third T20 match between the teams at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

 

After the tourists won the toss and opted to bat first, the home side were under the cosh right from the first over, bowled by the usually economical Wellington Masakadza to Lesiba Ngoepe, who hit him for three fours immediately.

Then when Tanaka Chivanga came on, Reeza Hendricks took care of him with a four and a six, as well as three singles in that over.

Fours flowed so readily that after seven overs the South Africans had already reached 84 runs without losing a wicket.

After this, the Zimbabweans were able to put their field back and contain the carnage to an extent, until in the 13th over Hendricks, after hitting Masuku for two successive sixes, went for another big hit and skyed a catch on the leg side.

He had scored 77 off only 35 balls, with four sixes and nine fours, and the score was 142 for one wicket.

Wihan Lubbe did not last long, making 10 off eight balls before he was caught off a leg-side hit from Sikandar Raza at 163 for two in the 15th over.

Heinrich Klaasen came and went for three off six balls, another leg-side catch removing him off the bowling of Tendai Chatara.

Ngoepe now went into overdrive and, after hitting Masuku for a six and four off consecutive balls, reached a brilliant century off only 57 balls.

 

The score raced past 200, and Ngoepe survived until the final ball of the innings, when he was caught in the deep off another big hit for 114, scored off 63 balls with five sixes and 13 fours.

Tristan Stubbs was not out with 17 off nine balls, and the final total was a massive 224 for four wickets off the 20 overs.

The four wickets that fell were divided among Chatara, Chivanga, Masuku and Raza, but all the Zimbabwean bowlers went for at least nine runs an over.

Chasing such a challenging total, Zimbabwe XI their work cut out, but wickets soon fell.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano was out for one in the first over, as he drove Bjorn Fortuin for a simple catch to mid-off.

Wessly Madhevere was caught in the deep from a big hit off Lizaad Williams for 19 off 11 balls, while Craig Ervine edged the same bowler to the keeper for 14 to make the score 34 for three after four overs.

Raza and Tino Mutombodzi came out hitting and the team fifty was achieved in the sixth over.

Mutombodzi faced eight balls for 13 runs and was caught in the deep off Gerald Coetzee at 57 for four in the following over.

After 10 overs, the score was 81 for four, with Raza and Ryan Burl together.

Raza in particular hit out brilliantly, reaching his fifty off only 30 balls in a sequence of four successive sixes off Jason Smith – 28 runs came off that over.

Burl, with less of the bowling, did his bit with 30 off 16 balls before falling to a catch at deep midwicket off Coetzee.

The pair had added 83 in seven overs, taking the score to 140 for five in the 14th over.

With Richmond Mutumbami as his next partner, Raza continued to hit brilliantly, and he blasted Hendricks for two successive sixes before playing the third delivery on to his stumps.

His score was 82 off 42 balls, and he hit no fewer than nine sixes and two fours – the score was now 171 for six in the 16th over.

Mutumbami miscued a stroke to be caught for 12, while Masakadza was caught for eight and Masuku yorked for 10, the score now being 195 for nine with five balls to come.

The last man, Chivanga, sliced a four past third man and then took a single to bring up the 200, quite an achievement.

The score at the close was 202 for nine wickets, giving South Africa A victory by 22 runs.

 

Of the bowlers, Williams took three for 38, while there were two wickets each for Fortuin and Coetzee.

Zimbabwe A go down to Nepal as T20 series ends level

Zimbabwe A – 136-7 in 20 overs (Roy Kaia 49, Tadiwanashe Marumani 27, Luke Jongwe 23*; Sandeep Lamichhane 2/25, Basir Ahamad 1/18, Sompal Kami 1/19)

Nepal – 138-2 in 15.5 overs (Aasif Sheikh 87*, Kushal Bhurtel 34, Basir Ahamad 10; Luke Jongwe 1/26, Brandon Mavuta 1/27)

 

Nepal won by eight wickets

A brilliant innings of 87 not out by Nepal’s wicket-keeper and opening batter Aasif Sheikh brought the home side an eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe A in the third and final T20 match between the sides at Kirtipur on Wednesday.

As in the previous match, the hosts won the toss and put the tourists in to bat.

Innocent Kaia began the innings in fine style, scoring 14 off 11 balls, including two fours, but in the third over he was caught out off the bowling of Sompal Kami.

Kudzai Maunze stayed only briefly, to score six runs off six balls, but was then unfortunately run out.

Then followed a fine partnership of 45 in seven overs for the third wicket between Tadiwanashe Marumani and Roy Kaia, before Marumani was caught off the bowling of Sandeep Lamichhane, having scored 27 off 30 balls.

The next two batters, Tony Munyonga (2) and Clive Madande (4), were unable to get going, and the score was 92 for five in the 15th over.

Fortunately, Luke Jongwe, in next, proved to be in good form and he took on the bowlers from the start, while Kaia continued to bat well.

Their partnership flourished until the final over, when Kaia, trying to run the single that would bring him his fifty, was run out for 49.

He faced 41 balls and hit seven fours in his fine innings which held the Zimbabwe A side together – the score was now 133 for six.

Brad Evans came in, but he and Jongwe managed only three runs off the remaining four deliveries, and ended with Evans being run out for two, attempting a second run.

Jongwe played a vital innings to finish not out with 23, scored off 23 balls with two fours.

Lamichhane was the most successful of the bowlers, taking two wickets for 25 runs in his four overs.

The total was a rather disappointing 136 for seven wickets, which meant the Zimbabwean bowlers would have to do a good job to contain the Nepalese batters.

However, this they were quite unable to do.

After a quiet opening over from Victor Nyauchi cost only two runs, Aasif Sheikh launched his attack on the inexperienced Trevor Gwandu, hitting his first over for 16 runs, including three fours.

Nyauchi’s second over went for 14, including two more fours to Sheikh and one to Kushal Bhurtel.

 

Sheikh hit another three boundaries off Gwandu, so that after four overs the score was already 49 without loss.

After the powerplay was over, the bowlers and fielders were able to tighten up somewhat, but the batters were always on top of the situation and able to keep the runs coming more quietly.

The opening pair put on 88 together before, in the 10th over, Brandon Mavuta broke through and bowled out Bhurtel for 34, which took him 26 balls.

The next man, Basir Ahamad, scored 10 runs quietly before he was caught off Jongwe, with the score 122 for two wickets in the 15th over.

But Sheikh finished the match in a blaze of glory, hitting three fours and a two off the next over, from Nyauchi, to reach the target with ease.

His innings lasted only 54 balls, and he hit a six and 13 fours.

Of the Zimbabwe A bowlers, only Jongwe and Mavuta, with one for 26 and one for 27 respectively off their four overs, managed to come out with presentable figures.

Nepal thus had 25 balls and eight wickets in hand when they claimed their victory to level the series, with both teams having won a match and the other one being rained off.