Zim A go down fighting

HARARE – Zimbabwe showed lots of character but fell short by 15 runs against the South Africa Emerging side in the second unofficial One Day International at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

The visitors effectively sealed the three-match series as they now carry an unassailable 2-0 lead following yesterday’s victory.

South Africa batted first after winning the toss and riding on the back of a century from opener Yaseen Valli, who scored an unbeaten 133 from 43, posted an imposing total of 330 for the loss of four wickets.

Number two and three batsmen Janneman Malan (56) and Senuran Muthusamy (53) chipped in with half centuries as well as a decent 48 from Mathew Christensen.

Zim A legspinner Brendon Mavuta picked two wickets for 67 runs from 10 overs while seamer Neville Madziva and spinner Ainsley Ndlovu took a wicket each.

The locals lost openers Chamu Chibhabha (9) and Brian Chari (11) in the second and seventh over respectively as the chase got off to a worst possible start in view of the massive total on the board to leave Zim A on 27/2 after 6.5 overs.

Captain PJ Moor top scored with 75 runs from 58 balls in an entertaining batting innings made up of seven boundaries and five maximums before he was caught by Kyle Simmonds off the bowling of right-arm offbreak Wihan Lubbe in the 26th over with Zim A on 163-4.

Kevin Kasuza (60) and Tino Mutombodzi (63) chipped in with a half century each as they pushed the hosts towards a memorable chase.

However, their departure after settling well on the crease in the 37th and 46th over spelt doom for the team and it was only a matter of time before the visitors wiped out Zimbabwe’s tail.

Zim A needed 19 runs from the last 12 balls with two wickets in hand but four deliveries into the 49th over it was all over.

Lubbe cleaned the entire tail to end the match with three wickets for 56 runs from 6.4 overs.

Slow left-arm orthodox Simmonds also took three wickets while pace bowler Migael Pretorius took two wickets.

The third and final unofficial ODI, which is now a dead rubber, is set for the same venue tomorrow.

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