Zimbabwe A batting too strong for Nepal in opening T20

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Tony Munyonga celebrates after reaching his explosive half century which helped Zimbabwe A beat hosts Nepal by six wickets in Kathmandu on Sunday. CREDIT Cricket Association of Nepal

Zimbabwe A got their tour of Nepal off to a perfect start as the batters put on a good show while chasing a challenging total to script a convincing six-wicket victory in the opening unofficial T20 match at the Kirtipur-based Tribhuvan University International Cricket Stadium in Kathmandu on Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Zimbabwe’s bowlers struggled to contain the Nepal batsmen in their own conditions as the hosts reached a competitive 185 for five in their allotted 50 overs.

Kushal Bhurtel of Nepal made 46 runs off 31 deliveries while Rohit Paudel who faced 26 balls made 36 runs.

In reply, Zimbabwe A put on an explosive performance with the bat to reach 182 for four in 18, 5 overs and comfortably win the first match by six wickets with seven balls to spare

Skipper Tony Munyonga was named the man of the match after blasting seven big sixes on his way to a quickfire 50 off 17 deliveries as he continues to put his hand up for possible elevation to the Zimbabwe senior side.

There were some encouraging signs at the top of the batting line-up, a department which has been a concern for Zimbabwe over the last few years since the retirement of stalwarts Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor.

Tony Munyonga receives the Player of the Match award after the first unoffical T20 match against Nepal on Sunday

In addition to Munyonga’s exploits, Tadiwanashe Marumani top-scored with 56 off 41 deliveries while opener Innocent Kaia reached 47 off 30 balls.

The trio will be eager to continue their good form as Zimbabwe A aim to seal the three-match series with a match to spare in the second T20 encounter at the same venue today.

The T20 series will be followed by the three-match ODI series scheduled for May 6, 7 and 9.

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