Zim Afro T10 Day 6 Review: Race for play-off places heats up


The Joburg Buffaloes put themselves back in contention for a play-off spot following an impressive nine wicket win over table toppers Cape Town Samp Army. Bowling first, the Buffaloes’ bowling was top notch.

Blessing Muzarabani, who was Player of the match finished with figure of 3-7 from his two overs.

He took the big wicket of Tadiwanashe Marumani who went out scoreless, before accounting for Matthew Breetzke and Karim Janat.

He was heavily supported by fellow Chevron pacer Victor Nyauchi who was awarded magic moment of the match as he got two wickets in succession when he had Rahmanullah Gurbaz who was looking in fine touch for his 27 off 12 balls, caught out by Noor Ahmad. He followed up with the wicket of Bhanuka Rajapakasa who edged one to the wicketkeeper Mushifiqur Rahim. Gurbaz’s 27  was the highest score for the Samp Army as they hobbled to 89 from their ten overs.

The Buffaloes made light work of the chase, reaching the total in 6.5 overs. Mohammed Hafeez was instrumental with a quick-fire 40 off 23 balls. In support was Ravi Bopara who was striking at fierce rate of 272.7 as he raced to 30 off just 11 balls. 

The Buffaloes win was the biggest thus far in the Zim Afro T10 tournament and they now sit on the coveted fourth spot as they have superior net run rate, leaving the Bulawayo Braves anchoring the log table.

The Cape Town Samp Army’s destiny is now out of their hands and have to rely on results of the remaining matches to confirm qualification. Earlier the Harare Hurricanes’ impressive 24 run over the Qalandars. The Hurricanes set the tournament joint highest score of 134 which proved to be more than enough for the Qalandars. 

In the first match of the day denied the Camp Town Army to seal a spot in the play-off as they edged them with a three run victory.

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