Zim Under-19s slain at Afro-Asia Cup

Enock Muchinjo

THE Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team has been comprehensively beaten in the inaugural Afro-Asia Under-19 Cricket tournament in Vishakapatnam, India this week.



=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Zimbabwe seemed ill-prepared for the tournament as they have been beaten with worrying easiness by Bangladesh, South Africa, Pakistan and India.


Even Bangladesh, whose senior team recorded their maiden Test series victory against Zimbabwe early this year, found the Zimbabweans easy pickings as they cruised home emphatically by nine wickets.


Neighbours South Africa were the first to put Zimbabwe to the sword, dismissing them by eight wickets on Saturday.


In a sloppy innings of 173 runs, opener Kudakwashe Samunderu’s 74 runs were courageous. The second highest score for the Zimbabweans was Chamunorwa Chibhabha’s 22 runs. Graeme Cremer took one wicket for Zimbabwe.


The following day, Zimbabwe displayed an even more appalling batting performance, bowing all out for a paltry 118 runs. Again, Samunderu top-scored with 31 runs.


Pakistan’s Haseeb Amjab tore through the Zimbabwe batting order, taking five wickets for 15 runs. The Pakis romped home by nine wickets. Zimbabwe all-rounder, Ryan Higgins, took one wicket for 22 runs off 6,1 overs.


On Tuesday, Bangladesh hammered Zimbabwe by nine wickets. They restricted Zimbabwe to 122 runs after skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and decided to bat first. Opening bowler Dollar Mahmud took three wickets for 19, while Mehrab Hossan and Nazmul Hossain claimed two wickets each.


Zimbabwe are playing their last match against Sri Lanka today.


Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council this week announced the groups for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

Zimbabwe have to pull up their socks if they are to avoid further embarrassment there.


On paper, however, Zimbabwe ought to progress to the Super League stage of the tournament, which runs from February 5 to 19. They were put in Group D with England, and upcoming nations Nepal and Ireland.


The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super League quarterfinals and will play off against each other.


The bottom two teams from each of the four groups will qualify to play in the plate championship quarterfinals, where they will also play off against each other.

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