Player of the Match
Player of the Match
132dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Sibanda's fifty takes Zimbabwe closer to main draw

Vusi Sibanda's first T20I fifty and Elton Chigumbura's audacious finishing ensured Zimbabwe had enough runs to beat Hong Kong, although they will be disappointed in an all-round messy performance

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Sibanda
59(46) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
3 0 7 0 2 14 24 9
JJ Atkinson
53(44) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
2 5 2 5 0 14 2 23

Best performances - Bowlers

Tanwir Afzal
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
DT Tiripano
O4
M0
R27
W2
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Hong Kong , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15:00 start First Session 15.00-16.25, Interval 16.25-16.45, Second Session 16.45-18.10

Match days

8 March 2016 - day/night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Zimbabwe 2, Hong Kong 0

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs | HKG: 144/6 (15 runs required, RR: 7.20)

  • Tanwir Afzal31 (17b)
  • Aizaz Khan0 (3b)
  • Donald Tiripano4-0-27-2
  • Tendai Chatara4-0-28-2

6:30pm: Sibanda set the game up for Zimbabwe with his maiden T20I half-century, Atkinson then threatened to help Hong Kong chase 159 with a maiden T20I half-century of his own, but Zimbabwe's seamers held their own at the death. Tiripano scalped Atkinson and bowled a fine last over, while Chatara, on return, took two wickets in two balls. Ultimately, Chigumbura's cameo turned out to be crucial as well.

Sibanda, Man of the Match: It was not easy out there. It was a decent score to be honest. The wicket was slow. We just had to drag the game all the way. We have some big hitters. Credit to Elti (Chugumbura). Myself, Hami and the rest of the guys have to carry the team through. They [Hong Kong] pushed us. Credit to the bowlers as well. The wickets in India are different to what they are back home.

Hamilton, Zimbabwe captain: I thought to get to 150 after the wobble was a good effort was about par. Elton played well at the back end and Vusi controlled the innings. I thought Tanwir stifled us. Sibanda played well and we needed somebody to take the innings deeper. The way he batted was really good for us. The run-out was a silly thing. I think I will get a few more hits in Youtube today.

Tanwir, Hong Kong captain: We did well in the middle overs, and I thought we could chase this. Credit to Zimbabwe. They bowled well in the Powerplay. We were in position to keep them under 150, it is a positive sign for us.

Ali: "Poor Tanwir, After brilliant bowling spell, too much left for him for batting."

advait: "Campbell hurt the chase with his slow batting."

Yogi: "Those three sixes by Chigu were indeed crucial."

Thanks for your company and comments. Do tune in for the second match of the day, featuring Afghanistan and Scotland. Cheers, ta ra!

19.6
4
Tiripano to Tanwir Afzal, FOUR runs, yorker shading towards the leg stump, squeezed fine on the leg side for four. Zimbabwe open their WT20 campaign with a win
19.5
2
Tiripano to Tanwir Afzal, 2 runs, back of a length on middle, skies a slog in front of on-rushing long-on
19.4
0
Tiripano to Tanwir Afzal, no run, full and attacks the pad, he can't flick it away
19.3
0
Tiripano to Tanwir Afzal, no run, shortish and outside off, wild swipe and a miss. Might have been another slower ball. Ntini is up on his feet, applauding
19.2
1lb
Tiripano to Aizaz Khan, 1 leg bye, floats a back of the hand slower ball down leg, brushes the pad on its way to the keeper
19.1
1
Tiripano to Tanwir Afzal, 1 run, knee-high full toss, weak flick behind square off the inside edge

HK need 23 off the last over, Zim a few dots. Tiripano to bowl the last over

Goes past his best

49

Previous highest score for Vusi Sibanda in T20Is. His innings of 59 today is his maiden half-century in the format in 23 innings.

Better Late than Never

44

Age at which Ryan Campbell is appearing in T20Is today, which makes him the oldest player in T20Is. UAE's Tauqir was the previous oldest at 43y, 179d.

HK's habit

10

Number of times Hong Kong have bowled first in 12 T20Is that they have won the toss