Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship 2011-12 December 17, 2011

Kasuza, Chatara carry Mountaineers to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mountaineers 199 for 2 (Kasuza 110*, Masakadza 64*) beat Matabeleland Tuskers 197 (Chatara 5-39) by eight wickets

A strong all-round showing from Mountaineers helped them to an eight-wicket win against Matabeleland Tuskers at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Tendai Chatara, with a five-for, and Kevin Kasuza, with an unbeaten century, led the way for the Mountaineers.

Being put in to bat, the Tuskers lost wickets at regular intervals. They slipped to 122 for 6 in 29 overs as their top order caved in, before handy cameos down the order carried them to a respectable 197 in 45.1 overs. While the Mountaineers bowlers, led by Chatara, were incisive, they were not very disciplined; they conceded 42 extras, including 25 wides, which was the highest individual score in the innings.

In the chase, Mountaineers lost their openers off consecutive deliveries in the third over to be reduced to a wobbly 4 for 2, but Hamilton Masakadza and Kasuza were not to be defeated. While Masakadza constructed a solid innings of 64 not out off 84 balls, Kasuza hit the Tuskers out of the match with a blistering 110 of 91 balls. His innings included 14 fours and two sixes, and helped his side seal the game in just the 32nd over.

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  • Hritam on December 20, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I am really impressed by Kevin Kasuza! He has the potential to become the next David Warner! With players like this, Zimbabwe can only improve!

  • Sam on December 19, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    This Kasuza Kid has really impressed me. I watched him at the Stanbic T20 and I tell you this young man is for the future. His confidence and style is something else!!

  • Andrew on December 17, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Well done Kasuza! Keep it up. We need a Warner of our own in the national team. If you can realise your potential, you will have a great future as you have many years ahead of you. Great that Zim continues to produce young talent like this.

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