An all-round performance from Tinashe Kamunhukamwe helped Zimbabwe Under-19s to start their World Cup campaign with a six wicket win against Canada Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Kamunhukamwe first picked up three wickets to restrict Canada to 192, before contributing 24 handy runs with the bat to aid Zimbabwe’s chase.
Match Report: ICC Under-19s World Cup: Match 1 (Group C) – Zimbabwe Under-19s vs Canada Under-19s, 1st Match at Seik Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi on February 14, 2014
Zimbabwe won the toss and invited Canada to bat first. Zimbabwe kept the Canada batsmen in hold not giving any half measures. They were reduced to 31/2 in 12 th over. Kumar, Dutta & Kapoor took the responsibility of reconstructing their innings. Afterup 50-plus stands for the third and fourth wickets, Canada slumped from 145 for 3 to 192 for 9 courtesy of Kamunhukamwe who went through the tail. Earlier, Herbert Chikomba snatched two wickets. Nikhil Dutta was the pick of Canada’s batsman, top-scoring with an unhurried 56 that included four fours.
Chasing a mere 193, Joylord Gumbie and Tarisai Musakanda got Zimbabwe’s chase off to a flying start byup 95 in 16 overs, but once the pair fell in successive deliveries, the team slowed down. From there on, Charles Kunje dropped anchor, scoring a patient 42 not out to take Zimbabwe home in 43.5 overs. He was supported by Kamunhukamwe & Jongwe. J Gumbie was top scorer with 49 which included four fours. TS Kamunhukamwe was eventually awarded man of the match.
Zimbabwe Under-19s: 193/4 in 43.5 overs (N Dutta 56, NR Kumar 36 ; H Chikomba 2/21, TS Kamunhukamwe 3/17) beat Canada Under-19s: 192/9 in 50 overs (J Gumbie 49, C Kunje 42*; N Dutta 1/22) by 6 wickets