Top performers in T20 showdown

HARARE - Battle lines have been drawn for an intriguing domestic Twenty20 contest between Mashonaland Eagles and Mountaineers at Harare Sports Club Sunday.

Both teams boast of numerous records that makes the clash even more exciting but leaving the past aside; currently the two sides have the T20’s best batsman and bowler in the season so far.

 Mash Eagles’ Pakistan-born top order Sikandar Raza Butt lead the pack as the domestic T20 most lethal batsman while Mountaineers Goats themselves who have in their midst the tournament’s deadliest bowler, seamer Shingi Masakadza.

Butt sits on the top batters list with a total of 278 runs in seven matches with a best of 78. His record include four half centuries and he has hit 21 boundaries and 9 maximums at an average of 39.71 at a strike rate of 128.11.

National team opener Hamilton Masakadza occupies the second slot but he is not available for today’s final as he is playing for Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League together with Mash Eagles’ all- rounder Elton Chigumbura.

In the same number of matches Shingi Masakadza has taken 19 wickets from 25.1 overs giving away 162 runs at an economy rate of 6.43.

He has a five-for to his credit and is joined by team mates Donald Tiripano and Tendai Chatara who are also seamers in the top 10.

Legspinner Natsai Mushangwe also of Mountaineers is just a place behind the leading 10 wicket takers.

For Mashonaland Eagles the spinning trio of Tino Mutombodzi, Prosper Utseya and Raymond Price together with seamer Kyle Jarvis makes it into the top 10 ahead of the Mountaineers duo of Tiripano and Chatara.

 Shingi Masakadza, who has been left out of the national team squad since the team’s tour of New Zealand last year, is looking forward to an intriguing final this afternoon.

“Well, plans don’t really change much because we playing in a final,” Masakadza told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I will continue to hit the deck hard in the same way I have been doing in the entire season, their batsmen (Mash Eagles) have been in terrific form but the same goes for me.

“As a team, we have done well in this format and personally I have put in a lot of hard work unfortunately I wasn’t chosen for the West Indies.”

Mash Eagles’ Raza Butt wants to win the silverware to back up his impressive stats.

“We have had good preps and we just want to go out and get what we have worked hard for,” Butt said.

“It (leading T20 batsman) could mean nothing to me if don’t win the championship. This game means a lot to us considering the goals our late coach KC (Kevin Curran) had set.”

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