Zim seek Tigers humiliation

Zimbabwe come up against Bangladesh in their third game of the Twenty20 Tri-nations series in buoyant mood. The national side scored an 11-run victory over the Tigers at the Harare Sports Club Sunday, Hamilton Masakadza setting them up for that win.

Hamilton Masakadza carries the hopes.
Hamilton Masakadza carries the hopes.

Assistant coach Steven Mangongo said earlier in the week that his charges had “something to prove” and looked positive ahead of today’s game of the series that also involves South Africa.

The hosts, who were set to play their southern neighbour yesterday, will be seeking to humiliate the Asians again and prove their weekend victory was no fluke.

“We had a very good start to the games and hope to see more positive outcomes out of these games,” said Mangongo. “We are taking the games seriously, while also trying to learn. We want the world to see that there are some good things happening in Zimbabwean cricket.”

The top order batting line up that has witnessed a procession of batsmen back to the pavilion in a pathetic show on the international scene seems to have come of age. Masakadza is expected to be one of the top drivers on the crease today.

“He proved something on Sunday and it was great watching him in top form. Our batsmen have developed some confidence in themselves and that will go a long way in improving their performance and consistency,” said Mangongo. Today’s match marks the second round of games after the three teams have played each other since Sunday. The Proteas will play the Tigers tomorrow before facing Zimbabwe a day later.

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