Zimbabwe Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 dreams dashed by Netherlands


ZIMBABWE are out of the running for a maiden berth at the ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup after losing to the Netherlands by 14 runs in a Group B Qualifier match on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe Women's team fails to qualify for T20 World Cup 2024
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Zimbabwe were largely disciplined with the ball when asked to field first, but it was Kelis Ndhlovu's first over which went for 13 and Audrey Mazvishaya conceding 14 off the 20th that made the difference.

The Dutch guarded their wickets jealously early on, after losing Iris Zwilling in the first over via a runout. Their second-wicket partnership put on 67 runs, but it was not enough to put Zimbabwe under serious pressure.

Robin Rijke made a significant impact, scoring an unbeaten 39 off 25 balls after entering the game at number four. 

Zimbabwe struggled in response, losing key players Sharne Mayers, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, and captain Mary-Anne Musonda without making much of an impact.

Modester Mupachikwa played a solid innings but lacked aggression, resulting in her team falling behind the required run rate.

Zimbabwe's team performance was disappointing, with only Musonda achieving a strike rate of 100.

Despite high hopes, Zimbabwe will exit the tournament once again without securing a spot in the T20 World Cup.

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