Can Zim remain unbeaten?

HARARE - Zimbabwe will be hoping to continue with their unbeaten run when they take on Uganda at the Wanderers Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia at the ICC 2018 ICC World Women’s T20, Africa Qualifiers.

Adam Chifo’s side began their tournament with an eight-wicket win over the hosts Namibia on Sunday.

They followed that up with another convincing 72-run victory over Tanzania on Sunday.  

Uganda are the only other team that is yet to taste defeat in the competition after the first two matches.

The West Africans beat Namibia by two wickets in their opening match on Saturday before dislodging Kenya by six wickets in a low scoring match the following day.

In the match against Kenya, the Uganda bowlers suffocated their opposition batting line-up as they were all out for 58 off 18,5 overs.

Ritah Musamali started the slide, dismissing Mary Mwangi (4) and Margaret Ngoche (0) off successive balls, and when Gertrude Candiru dismissed Queentor Abel for 24 off 23 balls (3x4), Kenya were struggling at 32/3.

Candiru kept up the pressure, dismissing Silvia Kinyua for 4, and when Veronica Abuga (7) and Esther Wachira (0) were run out within three balls, Kenya had slumped to 46/6.

They couldn’t recover and the whole team was out for only 58.

Uganda’s best bowlers were Candiru with figures of 2-13, Musamali 2-11 and Stephanie Nampiina 2-7.

In their run chase, Uganda lost Racheal Ntono for a duck in the first over, while Immaculate Nakisuuyi (6) and Naome Bagenda (6) also went cheaply, but Saidati Kemigasha (25) and Candiru (11 not out) kept them on track as they reached 59/4 off 15,4 overs.

Candiru won her second Player of the Match award at the tournament, after a fine all-round performance.

In the win over Tanzania, Zimbabwe scored 125-8 off their 20 overs, which proved far beyond Tanzania’s capabilities as they could only muster 53-5 off their 20 overs.

Zimbabwe got off to a fast start after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Modester Mupachikwa went early for 5, but Chipo Mugeri joined Ashley Ndiraya to put Zimbabwe in charge with a 75-run partnership off only 51 balls.

Ndiraya was the first to go, run out for 30 off 37 balls, while Precious Marange followed three balls later for a golden duck after a great catch by Neema Pius.

Mugeri kept Zimbabwe’s onslaught going, hitting 17 runs in one over off Pius, before she was out for a top score of 57 off 37 balls (5x4, 1x6), while Zimbabwe reached a formidable total of 125/8.

Tanzania never got close to the target as they were pegged back from the start.

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