After brilliant start in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers for Africa, Tanzania lost its grip to Zimbabwe going down by five runs in a thrilling match played at the Annadil Burhani venue in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
A day earlier the Dar es Salaam women cricketers shocked Uganda by eight runs in a closely contested encounter played at the same venue as well.
During yesterday’s game against Zimbabwe, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat while the hosts fielded.
Zimbabwe set up a target of 80 runs for a loss of nine wickets in the twenty allotted overs.
N. Josephine was Zimbabwe’s top scorer with 19 runs in 32 balls without a boundary. She was stumped by Jessica Mawole off Hadija Nassib’s ferocious bowling.
Second highest for the winner was M. Pellagia with 17 runs in 20 balls she faced before she conceded a runout.
Wicket takers for Tanzania were M. Swedi 3/10 on three overs, Mwanaidi Ibrahim 2/3 in three and Hadija Nassib 2/15 also in three overs.
The fall of wickets were in the pattern of 1-1, 2-16, 3-46, 4-53, 5-55, 6-56, 7-60, 8-78 and 9-80.
When Tanzanians were called to bat the chase was thrilling and they came close to shock the Zimbabweans.
However, Zimbabweans overwhelmed Tanzanian by taking a crucial wicket of skipper Monica Paschal at the opening ball for duck.
Middle order batswoman Saida Khamis as usual took a leading role when she blasted 28 runs in 40 balls she faced to keep the home side afloat.
She was bowled by D. Sara.
Second highest scorer for the home side was Fatuma Kibusa with nine runs as the Tanzanians capitalised on eleven extra runs.
Wicket takers for Zimbabwe were M. Pellagia 2/10 and others contributed singles up to the end of the innings.
The fall of wickets was in the pattern of 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, 7-0, 8-0 and 9-0.
Day three of the tournament continues today as the fixture shows that two matches will be played in each session of morning and evening at the Annadil Burhani and University of Dar es Salaam.
Fixture for today shows that South Africa takes on Kenya at the Annadil Burhani venue in the morning session that will also see Zimbabwe play Uganda at the University.
Tanzania meet South Africa at the University venue while Kenya and will be clashing against Zimbabwe at the Annadil in the afternoon session.
Two top placed teams would represent Africa in the inaugural world cup championship to be staged in Ireland at a date and venue to be announced later by the ICC.
However, South Africa has already qualified and the only one slot is left as the rest of the teams are scrambling for it in Dar es Salaam.