Lady Chevrons outclass Papua New Guinea, claim T20 series

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Explosive top order batter Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano smashed an entertaining half century to propel Zimbabwe to a 32-run victory in the third and final women’s T20 International cricket match against Papua New Guinea and a 2-1 series victory.

Playing under lights at Harare Sports Club in the series decider, Zimbabwe rode on Mugeri-Tiripano’s innings to post a competitive 136/6 before restricting Papua New Guinea to 104/4.

Earlier the hosts survived a jittery start after the tourists won the toss and elected to field before claiming the wickets of both Zimbabwe’s openers Modester Mupachikwa, for a golden duck and Sharne Mayers for one off six balls.

Despite being restricted to 12/2 after 2.3 overs, Zimbabwe got their innings back on track with captain Mary-Anne Musonda racing to 24 off 16 balls before he dismissal to leave the score at 37/3 after 5.4 overs

 

 

 

The teams, who were using the series to prepare for the 2024 T20 World Cup final qualifiers, went into the decider tied 1-1.

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Musonda finished the three-match series with the most runs in the series after scoring 115 at an average of 57.5 runs a match.

After the captain’s dismissal Zimbabwe further consolidated their momentum
with Mugeri-Tiripano and Kelis Ndhlovu putting up a 79 run partnership stand for the fourth wicket.

The partnership was eventually broken when Ndhlovu was run out for 35 off 32 balls, leaving the Lady Chevrons on 116/4 after 17.2 overs.

Mugeri-Tiripano ensured Zimbabwe went on to reach 136/6 with her fiery knock of 66 off 59 balls before she was run out in the final over.

In reply, Papua New Guinea never fully recovered after losing their first wicket with no runs on the board.

With Zimbabwe’s bowlers sticking to their inaccurate lines anf lengths, Papua New Guinea struggled to keep up with the run rate and eventually fmade 104/4 off their allotted 20 overs.

Spinner Lindokuhle Mabhero conceeded just 12 runs and took a wicket in her four overs while Tanya Ruma top scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 56 off 59 balls.

The victory in the final T20 capped off a successful tour for Zimbabwe after a 3-0 series whitewash in the One-Day Internationals.

 

 

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