Allround South Africa Emerging hand Zimbabwe 10-wicket thrashing

Tazmin Brits and Andrie Steyn celebrate the win. © Zimbabwe Cricket

Michaela Andrews, Masabata Klaas and Jade de Figueiredo’s efforts with the ball and an unbroken partnership between Andrie Steyn and Tazmin Brits headlined South Africa Emerging’s 10-wicket demolition of Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day game at Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo on Monday (May 24). The visitors now lead the five-match series 4-0.

Batting first, Zimbabwe were rocked early by Andrews who picked up two wickets in her very first over, removing Modester Mupachikwa and Pellagia Mujaji off consecutive deliveries. Chiedza Dhururu and Chistabel Chatonzwa steadied the hosts’ innings with a 50-run partnership before the wheels came off again.

Zimbabwe slipped from 58 for 2 to 137 all out as the visitors made consistent breakthroughs. After Andrews’ (3-17) opening burst, it was ;eft-arm spinner de Figueiredo (2-37) who caused damage to the middle order, before Klaas (2-23) returned to clean up the tail.

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Precious Marange’s 55-ball 40 was the only contribution of note for Zimbabwe.

In reply, skipper Steyn and her opening partner Brits never looked in any trouble as they hurtled towards the sub-par total, chasing it down in just 24.4 overs. Brits took the attack to the bowlers, smashing eight fours and a six – the only one of the match – on her way to a 61-ball 67.

Meanwhile, Steyn brushed off the disappointment of a failure in the previous game to bring up her third 50-plus score of the series. She finished unbeaten on 61 not out, scoring the winning runs off the bowling of Mujaji.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 137 in 39.4 overs (Precious Marange 40, Chiedza Dhururu 25; Michaela Andrews 3-17, Masabata Klaas 2-23) lost to South Africa Emerging 138/0 in 24.4 overs (Tazmin Brits 67*, Andrie Steyn 61*) by 10 wickets.