Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S Under-19 women’s cricket team have returned home with positive results from India where they played nine matches.
The Young Lady Chevrons, who returned last week, won six of their nine matches against different opponents in Mumbai. Zimbabwe played against three academies, Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute, Palghar Dahanu Taluka Sports Association (PDTSA) and MCA Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana.
They began their journey with a nine-run win over Omtex where they scored 88-9 in their 20 overs and restricted their opponents to 79-9 to open their tour on a high. The win was, however, followed by a 10-wicket defeat where they were restricted to 69-6 and Omtex ended on 70-0.
The Young Lady Chevrons went on to play against PDTSA and lost the match by 28 runs. Batting first, PDTSA sored 93- 4 in their 20 overs and managed to restrict their opponents to 65 all out to take home the win.
Defeat in second and third matches of the tour was met by a good response from the Zimbabwean team who went on to make it five out of five wins with four of the matches being against Omtex and the other one coming against MCA Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana.
Going back to play against Omtex, Zimbabwe won by 31 runs after scoring 123-4 in 20 overs and keeping their opponents at 92-7. In the other match, Zimbabwe recorded a 10-run victory having scored 122-6 in 20 overs and restricting the home side to 112-7. The third match of the streak was against MCA Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana which the visitors won by two wickets after limiting their opponents to 115-3 in 20 overs and scoring 121-8 in 19 overs.
The Trevor Phiri-coached side went on to win by 17 runs against Omtex after wiping out their opponents for 63 runs having posted 80-6 in 20 overs to make it four straight wins. The last win of the tour came against Omtex as well, winning by a huge eight wickets.
Captain Kelis Ndhlovu
After bowling out their opponents for 70, Zimbabwe finished on 71-2.
However, the last match of the tour ended in a 96-run defeat at the hands of Omtex. After confining the hosts to 121-5, Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 25 runs to end their tour on a low note.
Team captain, Kelis Ndhlovu played a key part for the team throughout the tour, contributing with both bat and ball. Another player who played a huge role was Michelle Mavunga who proved good with ball in hand. Zimbabwe, thus, will have to take the positives from the tour going forward.
Zimbabwe were using the tour to India as part of their preparations for next year’s inaugural International Cricket Council Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.
The Young Lady Chevrons got automatic qualification to the global showpiece alongside South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States of America and the West Indies. Indonesia, Rwanda, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates booked their tickets through regional qualifiers. — @brandon_malvin
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