ICC Women's T20 World Cup: Zim qualify for semis

Sharne Mayers

Zimbabwe and PNG got the better of Thailand and UAE respectively in the afternoon games on the second day of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022.

Opting to bat first, Thailand were in big trouble early on after losing wickets in quick succession. Zimbabwe's bowling trio of Nomvelo Sibanda, Josephine Nkomo and Audrey Mazvishaya made life difficult for the Thailand batters in the opening exchange that saw them lose half their side inside the first seven overs.

Nannapat Koncharoenkai and Sornnarin Tippoch were forced to drop anchor to avoid getting bundled out for cheap. However, it meant that they had to bat extremely cautiously. Their 22-run stand came off 47 balls. Koncharoenkai remained unbeaten on 47 as Thailand ended up with a modest 86/6 in their 20 overs.

Sharne Mayers and Kelis Ndlovu got Zimbabwe off to a quick start and within the first five overs, had knocked off half the target. Mayer fell after the Powerplay and Zimbabwe lost three quick wickets thereafter, including that of Ndlovu four runs short of a fifty. However, they chased down the target with more than three overs to spare to go on top of Group B in the table.

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