Masakadza ral­lies Chevrons

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DE­SPITE the short­est for­mat of cricket hav­ing been played at in­ter­na­tional level for over a decade, Zim­babwe play South Africa for only the fourth time in Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als when the two teams go against each other at Buf­falo Park in East Lon­don this evening.

South Africa have won all three matches they have played against Zim­babwe in this ver­sion of the game, with the last meet­ing be­tween the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries be­ing at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Ham­ban­tota, Sri Lanka. The Proteas won that game by 10 wick­ets.

For coun­tries that are sep­a­rated by the Lim­popo River to have played each other just three times in the most pop­u­lar and ex­cit­ing for­mat of the game just shows the gap be­tween them at the in­ter­na­tional level.

South Africa are ranked sixth in T20I, while Zim­babwe are 12th.

Chevrons cap­tain Hamil­ton Masakadza is look­ing for some­one to stand out with a per­for­mance good enough to win the game.

“The shorter the game, the closer the teams come to­gether, so with T20 cricket it’s a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent be­cause all you need is one guy com­ing off on the day and that can win you the game. So I’m telling the guys to keep their heads up, keep look­ing for­ward and con­tinue be­ing brave and be­ing pos­i­tive and al­ways look­ing for that one per­for­mance,” Masakadza said.

He is still dis­ap­pointed with the way they played in the one-day in­ter­na­tional series, which they lost 3-0, with the T20Is giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to make amends.

“Very dis­ap­point­ing in the one day­ers. I thought we didn’t play as well we could have. I thought we left a lot in the tank there, but ob­vi­ously dif­fer­ent series now, dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, so look­ing for­ward to it.”

Zim­babwe’s bat­ting, which was ap­palling in the first two ODIs, im­proved in the fi­nal match of the series in Paarl, some­thing Masakadza hopes con­tin­ues in the T20Is.

“We have done a lot of good things in one day­ers. I think the main thing is just to make sure we do it for a lit­tle bit longer. We started to look a lit­tle bet­ter with the bat in the last game, so we just look to build on that. Ob­vi­ously got to bat a lit­tle longer and ob­vi­ously do the right things a lit­tle bit longer with the ball as well,” he said.

Zim­babwe have made five changes to the team, bring­ing in two bats­men, an all-rounder, pace bowler and spin­ner.

Chamunorwa Chib­habha and Tari­sai Musakanda are the bats­men that have been brought in. Musakanda will cer­tainly look to carry the fine form he showed while lead­ing Zim­babwe Se­lect at last month’s Africa Cup Twenty20 in Mzansi where he scored 182 runs in four matches with two con­sec­u­tive half cen­turies in the last two.

Madziva has shown his ca­pa­bil­i­ties in this for­mat of the game and has won matches for Zim­babwe with bat and ball in the past. Christo­pher Mpofu brings with him a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence at in­ter­na­tional level, while Tendai Chisoro, a pace bowler turned into a spin­ner, has proven him­self in the shorter for­mat of the game. Zim­babwe will look to bats­men Masakadza, Musakanda, Solomon Mire, Chib­habha, Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams and El­ton Chigum­bura to de­liver with the bat.

The bowlers were mag­nif­i­cent in the ODIs, where they claimed 21 South African wick­ets out of 30, which was a great job look­ing at the kind of op­po­si­tion.

Kyle Jarvis, Mpofu and Tendai Chatara should lead the bowl­ing at­tack. With two lef­t­arm spin­ners and a leg break bowler, coach Lalc­hand Ra­jput is spoiled for choice in the slow bowl­ing de­part­ment.

Young leg spin­ner Bran­don Mavuta has cer­tainly bowled well in the three ODIs, mak­ing it hard to ig­nore him. This leaves Chisoro and Welling­ton Masakadza to fight for the re­main­ing spin­ner’s slot.

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