Zimbabwe crush Tanzania by nine wickets to rebound in African T20 World Cup Qualifier


WINDHOEK, Namibia – In a stunning display of dominance, Zimbabwe's men's national cricket team bounced back from their previous defeat to Namibia with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Tanzania in a T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier match played on Thursday. 

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Making three strategic changes to their lineup, Zimbabwe brought in Wessly Madhevere, Innocent Kaia, and Tendai Chatara, replacing Craig Ervine, Nicholas Welch, and Carl Mumba.

The Zimbabwe bowlers stole the show, led by the impressive performances of seamers Richard Ngarava and Tendai Chatara, who received valuable support from spin experts Ryan Burl and captain Sikandar Raza. 

Ngarava ended the match with excellent figures of 3-17, while Raza claimed a superb 3-10.

Contributing to the victory, Tendai Chatara and Ryan Burl also secured a wicket each, putting Tanzania in a precarious position with a score of 55-8 at one stage. 

However, Tanzania's lower-order batsmen showed resilience, managing to push the team's total to 96-9 within the allocated 20 overs.

Zimbabwe's batting lineup wasted no time in chasing down the target, completing the task in less than 11 overs. The only setback came with the dismissal of Innocent Kaia, who scored 21 runs. 

Tadiwanashe Marumani delivered an outstanding performance for the Chevrons, achieving a career-best unbeaten score of 39. 

He received strong support from Sean Williams, who remained unbeaten with 36 runs, adding finesse to the successful chase.

Sikandar Raza was named Player of the Match. 

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With an impactful victory under their belt, Zimbabwe now shift their focus to their upcoming match against Uganda on Sunday as they continue their determined pursuit of a T20 World Cup spot. 

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