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10-Mar-2018 15:54:00 GMT
Zim v HK, CWCQ Match 15, Bulawayo

Zimbabwe stay unbeaten with an easy win

Zimbabwe 263 for 9 (Masakadza 84, Nawaz 4-47) beat Hong Kong 174 (Rath 85, Raza 3-30) by 89 runs

Bulawayo: Zimbabwe recorded their third win on the trot with an 89-run victory over Hong Kong at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Zimbabwe's was an innings of two distinct halves.

The tournament hosts raced to 137 for 2 in the first 20 overs, but then, as the pitch slowed and Hong Kong's lines tightened, they failed to hit a single boundary after the 32nd over and finally limped to 263 for 9 despite Hamilton Masakadza's 84.

Hong Kong's response never really got going, and though Anshuman Rath recorded his second consecutive fifty in the tournament, they were bowled out in the 47th over.

Solomon Mire and Cephas Zhuwao got Zimbabwe's innings off to a flying start after they were put in to bat.

Dispensing with the need for singles, Zhuwao favoured all out attack and slog-swept the second ball over the match to the square-leg boundary.

Afghanistan, offspinner Ehsan Khan bowled with both economy and guile, but in different conditions at Queens, Zhuwao smashed his first four deliveries to the boundary.

At the other end, Solomon Mire had just a single to his name while Zhuwao rushed into the 40s. But the fun was not to last; shortly after raising Zimbabwe's fifty, Zhuwao slogged at one too many and was well caught by Waqas Barkat on the ropes at square leg for 45.

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