TANZANIA opening bowler, Nasra Saidi, had a fine day at Takashinga Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe on Thursday to help her team humiliate by 10 wickets their opponents Mozambique in the ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Africa Qualifier 2019.
Reports from Zimbabwe had it that Saidi dismissed three of the top four Mozambique batswomen for just eight runs in her four overs, and their opponents never recovered in the group A match. Only Eulalia Molane came out of the debacle with any credit, scoring 15 off nine balls, resisting Saidi successfully before she was bowled by Tabu Omary for 15, at 23 for three.
Two batswomen scored seven and nobody else made more than three as the rest of the Mozambique batting imploded for a total of only 40 runs as innings first. Omary finished with four wickets for 13 runs, but three of them were lower-order batswomen, so Saidi had the better performance. Chasing the scores, Tanzania emphasised their dominance by hitting off the 41 needed for victory in just four overs without losing a wicket.
National team captain, Fatima Kibasu, did most of the work, scoring 26 runs off 19 balls with five fours. Mozambique may have had their resolve shattered after putting up such a good fight against Rwanda, only to have victory snatched from their grasp by a single wicket. They have now finished their programme without a point, but Tanzania still have their match against Rwanda to play today at Takashinga ground.
That was second victory for the national team as also beat Nigeria by 86 wickets on Wednesday encounter. So greatly have Tanzania improved since their disastrous first match against Zimbabwe, so far have four points at second behind leaders Zimbabwe who have six after three matches. Today game against Rwanda who also have four points at third place could be important for Tanzania to confirm their second spot.
In a game against Nigeria on Wednesday, Tanzania overwhelmed the West Africans by 86 runs, after half-centuries from Fatuma Kibasu (70) and Monica Pascal (61 not out) had seen them reach 156 for one. Nigeria were then bowled out for 70, with topscorer Samantha Agazuma the last to fall, off the final ball of the innings.