The Zimbabwe U19 side suffered a six wicket loss to their hosts, U.A.E in their second warm-up match played this afternoon at The Sevens 1 in Dubai.
Having set a low total of just 100 Zimbabwe never looked like winning. Charles Kunje top scored for Zimbabwe with 36 runs off 100 deliveries while Luke Jongwe added 18 runs to the tally from his 58-ball stand. Those were the only two players who achieved double digit scores. Moaazi Qazi recorded impressive figures for U.A.E claiming three Zimbabwean wickets for 13 runs in 7.1 overs.
Despite the loss there were a couple of positives to take home for the Zimbabwean side. Positives that will see them do well during their title campaign if harnessed well. All involved in the sport of cricket know that a great knock is not the only way to win a game. Great bowling wins matches too and great bowling is not defined by taking wickets only – even though that is the ultimate motive. Keeping the batsmen on their toes and hustling them with every delivery is crucial if you are to defend a low title and can win games.
Patrick Mambo had a good spell with ball in hand and so did Cuthbert Musoko. The two lads recorded economies of 1.02 and 1.75 respectively. In 41 deliveries the U.A.E batsmen only managed to score seven runs off the former Hellenic student, Mambo. In the same spell Mambo claimed two U.A.E wickets. Going forward such discipline will prove vital for the Malcom Lake captained side. Some days you just don’t do so well at the crease but everyone of your deliveries has to be threatening.
Today’s set of games was the last of the warm-up games. Zimbabwe face Canada in their opening match on Friday. Like Zimbabwe, Canada start off their campaign with a win and a loss from their warm-up matches. Canada’s win came against a side that’s turning out to be their bunny, Papua New Guinea and suffered a five wicket loss to New Zealand this afternoon.
Some Madiba magic to cheer our boys on.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
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