Tuskers savour T20 triumph

NEWLY-crowned domestic Twenty20 Champions Tuskers said they deserved to lift the shorter version of the game given the rich vein of form they hit right from the onset of the competition.

The Bulawayo-based side raced to three wins in five matches, losing only two to top the log-standings on 14 points, followed by Mountaineers on 11 points having played a game less, Eagles on 10 form four games and Rhinos anchoring the bottom with five points.

The last matches of the tournament were affected by rain but the Ainsley Ndlovu-captained side were arguably the team to beat parading exciting players such as player of the tournament and batsman of the series Craig Ervine, Brian Chari, Charles Kunje, Sean Williams, Solomon Mire, and of late Sikandar Raza who only played a single match, a no result against Montaineers. 
Tuskers did themselves a huge favour by winning three of their five matches before Sunday’s no result match among them, a 106-run win over Mountaineers and an 83-run victory over Rhinos. 
Reminiscing on the cup victory Ndlovu alluded that his charges deserved their moment in the sun. 

“We just had to follow our processes day by day and also the scintillating form from our batters in the likes of Ervine, Kunje and Cunningham Ncube definitely helped, it made the task of the bowlers easy,” Ndlovu told the Daily News. 
The captain also played a pivotal role with his left-arm spinning harvesting wickets regularly throughout the tournament. 
Pace bowler Chris Mpofu was also a revelation bowling the innings of his life as he hit the deck hard mixing both experience and knowledge to swing the ball in and out from batsmen for his crucial wickets.
“I think it’s been a good tournament. We would have loved to play the whole tournament despite the rains, but I believe even if we would have played the final I think we deserved more than any team to lift the Cup. I think the guys have worked so hard coming from a tough Four-Day competition and making the One Day final,” Mpofu told the Daily News.
The 33-year-old believes he has raised his hand high enough to be selected for the forthcoming home tie against United Arab Emirates next month. Zimbabwe hosts UAE in four-ODIs starting on April 10 to 16.

“Coming also to my own performance I felt like I did quite enough. I think it’s been one of my best seasons by far. I was second in the four-day competition at least coming up just two short of the leader Donald Tiripano who bowled quite well who’s also one of my friends I can say so it’s been a very good four-day competition season for me,” added Mpofu.

“And then coming to the One Day competition I was part of the guys in the leading pack. I think I was third or second behind the new founder Daniel Jackiel of Eagles and I felt like it’s been a very awesome season for me.

“And also in the T20s I was at the top with Tendai Chatara also with 7 wickets. I felt like it was a good season that I believe it gives me a big opportunity to be in the squad that is going to take on UAE so it’s been a good season that I believe that with my performance it will definitely say a lot to the selectors.”

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