T20 World Cup 2022: Sikandar Raza, bowlers lead Zimbabwe to emphatic win over Ireland

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  • Zimbabwe registered a comprehensive win over Ireland on Monday.

  • Sikandar Raza propelled Zimbabwe to 174/7 in 20 overs.

T20 World Cup 2022: Sikandar Raza, bowlers lead Zimbabwe to emphatic win over Ireland

Sikandar Raza smashed his highest score in the shortest format and set up a comprehensive 31-run victory for Zimbabwe in their opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against Ireland on Monday, October 17.

With his knock of 48-ball 82, Raza created history by registering the highest-ever score by a Zimbabwe batter in a T20 World Cup game. Previously, the record was held by former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor who scored 60 off 45 balls against Australia at the 2007 T20 World Cup. In that match, Zimbabwe defeated Australia by 5 wickets which was a big upset.

Zimbabwe, playing in their first T20 World Cup game after 2016, made a winning comeback to the multi-team ICC event. After Raza guided Zimbabwe to a competitive 174/7 on the board, Blessing Muzarabani (3-24), Tendai Chatara (2-22) and Richard Ngarava (2-22) bowled beautifully in their respective four overs to restrict the Irish side on 143/9.

“We are ecstatic. To put up a performance like that first game, it shows that we do belong here,” an elated Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine said in the post-match presentation.

“It’s a pity that it has been a long way since we have played a World Cup,” he added.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 174/8 in 20 overs (Sikandar Raza 84, Luke Jongwe 20; Joshua Little 3-24) beat Ireland 143/9 in 20 overs (Curtis Campher 27, George Dockrell 24, Gareth Delany 24; Blessing Muzarabani 3-23, Richard Ngarava 2-22, Tendai Chatara 2-22) by 31 runs.

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