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Zimbabwe qualify for T20 World Cup 2022

Zimbabwe qualify for T20 World Cup 2022

Zimbabwe Cricket Team has qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 after beating Papua New Guinea in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier B. It makes Craig Ervine and co the last team to qualify for the event, which is scheduled to take place in October-November this year in Australia.

The men in red won the toss and elected to bat first at Queens Sports Club. They smashed 199 through the magnificent contributions of the batters and saved five of their men facing all 120 balls. New Guinea tried eight of their bowlers but could not generate favourable results.

Concerning their bowling line-up, Charles Amini and Sese Bau were the only two bowlers with economies below ten who also picked two wickets apiece. Bau bowled all four overs at an economy of eight, conceding 18 runs, whereas Amini, at an economy of 9.33, yielded 28 runs blowing three overs. The fifth of the four wickets fell in Riley Hekure’s lap.

The rest of the bowlers conceded plenty of runs, failing to clutch wickets. As far as Ervine’s men’s batting is concerned, Regis Chakabva and the skipper somehow put a solid start gathering 30 and 38 runs, respectively. Wesley Madhever’s action of 42 runs played a crucial role in pacing up the score.

No doubt, the dragged runs, 22 apiece from Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams, gave an extra boost to reach near the 200 mark. They did so on 11 and 14 deliveries sequentially. Zimbabweans did not only dominate with their batting but they also blew Assad Vala and co with their terrific bowling spells.

New Guinea tried their best to hunt the chase but fell short of balls in 1782 runs, closing the show by sparing two wickets. The middle-order batter Tony Ura’s efforts for the team went in vain as he scored 66 from 35 balls, struggling to achieve 200.

Richard Nagarava, Wesley, Raza, Luke Jongwe, and Williams shared one wicket for each, whereas Blessing Muzarabani topped the chart with two wickets, bowling all four overs and conceding 24 runs.

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