Zhuwao, youngsters flay Kenya to take series

Cephas Zhuwao’s form in the series against Kenya continued as his 46 off just -20 balls at the top of the innings set Zimbabwe A up for an unassailable lead in the one day series against Kenya at Mutare Sports Club.

FILE PHOTO: Tarisai Musakanda in action against Afghanistan

Zimbabwe A won the toss which was delayed due to rain and chose to field.

The visitors got off to bad start as Dhiren Kondoria was run out for 11 with Kenya on 13. Soon it was 22-2 when Irfan Karim when Richard Ngarava claimed his wicket.

There was consolidation when top scorer Alex Obanda had a 40 run partnership with Rakep Patel. Two wickets quickly fell one of them Obanda for 39, the first of three victims for youngster Brandon Mavuta and when rain interrupted play Kenya were on 83-4.

You would have thought there would be time to do something, refocus and make a fist fight of it but bar Collins Obuya with 24, little came from elsewhere as Kenya folded for 145 in 39 overs.

Zimbabwe A started their pursuit in earnest, Zhuwao imposing himself on the bowlers. Such was his swashbuckling that when Chamu Chibhabha fell for 6 with the last ball of the fourth over Zim A were already on 46.

Zhuwao fell an over later and a wobble seemed on the cards when captain Prince Matsvaure fell for 0 with the score on 63-3.

Tarisai Musakanda who has not had a good couple of months showed the reason why many have faith in him as he and Ryan Murray chased down the total with maturity.

Musakanda was good for his 46 while Murray, impressed with his 40.

Zimbabwe A won by seven wickets with 145 balls remaining in the 49 over match.

The result means Zim A now have an unassailable lead in the five match series. The fourth match is on Friday

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