Mixed for­tunes for Zim Se­lect XI

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Se­lect XI cricket team ex­pe­ri­enced mixed for­tunes when they be­gan their cam­paign in the Africa T20 tour­na­ment in South Africa yes­ter­day.

The team got off to a dis­ap­point­ing start fol­low­ing a seven-wicket de­feat by Gaut­eng be­fore their skip­per Tari­sai Musakanda helped them to their own seven-wicket win over Free State in the sec­ond game.

Zim­babwe were scut­tled out for a pal­try 48 runs by Gaut­eng with Carmi le Roux the chief de­stroyer after tak­ing 4/23. Nan­dre Burger also had im­pres­sive fig­ures of 3/11 as the Zim­babwe bat­ting col­lapsed in 12. Overs at the Re­cre­ation Ground in Oudt­shoorn.

Musakanda was the only Zim­bab­wean bats­man to of­fer some kind of re­sis­tance with a knock of 21 runs from 18 de­liv­er­ies.

Their game plan suf­fered a huge set­back when big hit­ter Cephas Zhuwao (10) went out early after he had breached the bowlers with a four and a huge six from the six balls that he faced.

Be­sides Musakanda and Zhuwao, no other bats­man reached a dou­ble fig­ure. In re­sponse, Gaut­eng cruised to an easy win thanks to Proteas bats­man Temba Bavuma’s un­beaten 33.

They lost some wick­ets along the way but vic­tory was se­cured with 53/3 on the score­board.

Zim­babwe re­grouped for the sec­ond game and Musakanda was the star bats­man chas­ing Free State’s to­tal of 145/5. They play North­erns at Brighton Sports Grounds to­day and then re­turn to the Re­cre­ation Ground to­mor­row to face South West­ern Dis­tricts in their fi­nal Pool B game.

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