Mugeri-Tiripano, Musonda smash half tons as Zimbabwe seals big win over Papua New Guinea

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Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano (left) and Mary-Anne Musonda both scored half centuries as Zimbabwe won the first one-day game against Papua New Guinea on Sunday

Seamers Audrey Mazvishaya, Nomvelo Sibanda and Josephine Nkomo helped skittle Papua New Guinea out for 177 before Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano and skipper Mary-Anne Musonda scored impressive half centuries as Zimbabwe romped to a seven-wicket victory in the first unofficial one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field, a decision which was backed by their seamers as they restricted the touring Papua New Guinea side to a low total.

Mazvishaya was the top performer for Zimbabwe with ball in hand as she picked up three wickets for 28 runs in eight overs with Nkomo taking 3-39 in nine and Sibanda (2-33) as they bowled a wicket-to-wicket line that had seven of the Papua New Guinea’s batters either bowled or dismissed leg before wicket.

Josephine Nkomo appeals for a wicket during Zimbabwe’s opening one-day game against Papua New Guinea at Harare Sports Club on Sunday. Credit: Zimbabwe Cricket

The Pacific Islanders’ skipper Brenda Tau offered some resistance for the hosts with 72 from 118 balls before she was dismissed by Sibanda.

Zimbabwe were positive in their chase and reached their target in 38.5 overs with 67 balls to spare.

Returning experienced left-handed batter, Mugeri-Tiripano, who missed the African Games in Ghana impressed on her return after scoring an elegant 77 from 109 balls, including nine fours.

Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano was named the Player of the Match

There will however be some concern in the Zimbabwe dressing room over her fitness after she retired hurt.

Mugeri-Tiripano was supported by her captain Musonda, who was run-out with victory in sight having scored 59 from 82 balls.

The second game in the three-match series will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe are using the series, which comprises three one day games and as many Twenty20 Internationals to prepare for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier which will be played in the United Arab Emirates in April.

Scores in brief:

Papua New Guinea 177 in 48 overs
(Tau 72, Rajadurai 19 ; Audrey Mazvishaya 3-28, Josephine Nkomo 3-39)

Zimbabwe 178-3 in 38.5 overs
(Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano 71* retired hurt, Mary-Anne Musonda 59 ; Buruka 1-27, Rajadurai 0-7)

Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets

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