Zim ready for Ireland T20 series

HARARE - The Zimbabwe women cricket coach Adam Chifo said he will not mourn over the missed opportunities in the just-ended ODI series which ended in a draw against the touring Ireland side.

Instead, Chifo is looking forward with positivity ahead of the Twenty20 series which starts tomorrow at Country Club in Harare against the same opposition.

The third and final ODI was abandoned without a ball being bowled owing to a wet outfield at St George’s College much to the disappointment of the Zimbabwean camp who had hoped to maintain their hegemony over the visitors since beating them 2-1 in a quadrangular series in South Africa that also featured India and hosts South Africa.

Now focus is on the five-match T20 series which will see three of the matches taking place at Country Club (first, second — Saturday and final February 14) and two at St George’s College (third and fourth on Sunday and Tuesday respectively).

“We are really looking forward to the T20s knowing Ireland have their main focus as they prepare for the World Qualifiers that’s why they have flown in Kimberly Garth from Australia to beef up their team. I’m confident we will give a good account of ourselves in the T20s,” Chifo told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have done well previously in the T20s but I guess it comes down to how we execute our plan on the day and also how much the ladies really want it.

“It’s a fast-passed game that requires quick decision making but we have a good team that can handle that kind of a situation. Of the last 9 T20 encounters we have won 8 and lost one (against Uganda) so that says a lot about our T20.”

Zimbabwe went ahead in the ODI series with a comfortable Duckworth Lewis seven-wicket win in the first match before going to sleep in the second where they failed to chase down 207 runs to lose by 12 runs.

It seems the side is switching off at crucial intervals a development which also cost them of a Global ICC World T20 Qualifiers place at last year’s Africa Qualifiers in Namibia where they lost to Uganda in the final having beaten them thoroughly in the round robin stage.

“Very disappointed, we were looking forward to this game (rained out final against Ireland) but the situation was out of our hands,” Chifo said.

“They just need more and more games so that they learn how to deal with these kinds of situations when they arise.”

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