Zimbabwe thump Eswatini by ten wickets; Tanzania, Uganda register their first wins

Zimbabwe team in a huddle. ©Zimbabwe Cricket

Zimbabwe extended their winning run with a dominating performance against Eswatini as Tanzania and Uganda registered their first victory of the Africa T20 Qualifiers on Saturday (September 11).

In the first match between Zimbabwe and Eswatini, the latter opted to bat first. However, the innings did not last long as they were all out for 17 runs in 9.2 overs. Esther Mbofana was the star of the match, taking six wickets for just 11 runs. Zimbabwe chased the total in two overs, completing a ten-wicket victory.

After their devastating loss in the first game, Mozambique elected to field first against Tanzania, and they were in for a long day. Though Saum Mtae got out early, Fatuma Kibasu and Mwanaidi Swedy took the attack to Mozambique. They smashed the bowlers all across the ground. Both of them brought up their respective half-centuries in no time. While Kibasu got out for 62 runs from 35 balls, Swedy remained not out till the end, taking the team past the 200-run mark. She scored 87 runs from 48 balls as Tanzania finished with 228 for four in 20 overs.

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Chasing more than ten runs per over, Mozambique got off to a horror start as Nasra Saidi sent both the openers back to the pavilion early. With Perice Kamunya running through the middle-order, they were bundled out for 28 runs in 12.5 overs. Kamunya took three wickets, giving away six runs in her four overs. 

In the third fixture of the day, Uganda opted to bat first against Nigeria. Despite losing the openers early, Rita Musamali and Immaculate Nakisuuyi tried to rebuild the innings. The former made a 19-ball 18 while the skipper scored 22 runs from 29 balls. There was a mini-collapse in the middle, with Uganda slumping to 66 for eight.

Stephani Nampiina and Irene Alumo forged a partnership and remained not out till the end, taking the team past three figures. Nampiina scored 22 from 20 balls as Alumo smashed a 17-ball 21. They ended up with 104 for eight in 20 overs.

Nigeria started well with the openers scoring 22 runs in the first five overs. However, once Esther Sandy got out, the rest of the batters kept falling at regular intervals. As many as five batters got run out, with Nigeria going from 40 for three to 61 all out. Uganda won by 43 runs, their first victory in the tournament. 

Brief Scores:

Eswatini 17 all out in 9.2 overs (Ntombizini Gwebu 6; Esther Mbofana 6/11) lost to Zimbabwe 18/0 in 2 overs (Modester Mupachikwa 13) by ten wickets. POTM: Esther Mbofana

Tanzania 228/4 in 20 overs (Mwanaidi Swedy 87; Christina Magaia 3/35) beat Mozambique 28/10 in 12.5 overs (Palmira Cuinica 6; Perice Kamunya 3/6) by 199 runs. POTM: Mwanaidi Swedy

Uganda 104/8 in 20 overs (Stephani Nampiina 22; Mary Desmond 2/18) beat Nigeria 61/10 in 14.5 overs (Omonye Asika 13; Consylate Numungu 2/7) by 43 runs.