The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Lady Chevrons suffer second defeat in India

- Brandon Moyo

ZIMBABWE senior women’s national cricket team’s two match winning streak in India was brought to an end by OMTEX ICWC Cricket Institute after a 37 runs defeat in their fifth T20 match at Saphale in Mumbai yesterday morning.

The Lady Chevrons were enjoying a good run before yesterday’s game. From the five matches that they have played so far in the Asian nation, Zimbabwe has lost two, and won three.

Batting first, the hosts scored 127/4 in their 20 overs and the Gery Brent coached Lady Chevrons went on to crumble with the bat as they were bowled out for just 90 runs in 16,3 overs, their worst batting performanc­e thus far.

Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to field.

In the first innings of the match, three Lady Chevrons bowlers managed to get wickets.In her three overs, Precious Marange finished with impressive figures of 1/13 while Kudzai Chigora took one scalp as well for 21 runs in three overs. The other bowler that managed to pick up a wicket was Francesca Chipare who conceded 33 runs in her four over spell for one wicket. The other wicket that fell was a run out.

There were no half centuries from the hosts, OMTEX ICWC but Mahek Mistry finished unbreaten on 43 runs after facing 33 deliveries. Saniya Raut also remained not out, scoring 23 runs from 31 balls. Their opening batter, Siddheshwa­ri Pagdhare chipped in with 17 runs off 23 balls.

In their chase, the Lady Chevrons lost an early wicket of Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano which left them on 2/1 in the last ball of the first over. Only four Zimbabwean batters managed to cross double figures with the top scorer being Ashely Ndiraya with 23 runs from 14 balls while the captain of the day, Josephine Nkomo fell for 19 runs from 31 balls. Down the order, Marange remained undefeated with 14 runs off 13 balls while Beloved Biza made 10 runs from 11 deliveries. Raut led the OMTEX ICWC bowling unit with impressive figures of 3/13 in her two over spell while Sharvi Save also starred with the ball, claiming three wickets for just 10 runs in 3,3 overs. Their skipper, Abhilasha Patil finished with figures of 2/14 in three overs.

The Lady Chevrons are on a 17-day training camp in India and are scheduled to return to Zimbabwe tomorrow. They are using the camp as part of their preparatio­ns for the Internatio­nal Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers that will be played in Uganda in December.

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