Zimbabwe Lose Cricket World Cup Opener

According to information made available, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first and could only manage a paltry 145 runs all out which in turn saw the Netherlands smash 148 for the loss of four wickets to claim victory with 148 balls to spare.

Zimbabwe had earlier seen Nohlahla Nyathi top score with 29 runs followed by Sinikiwe Mpofu who had her share with 21 runs while Ashley Ndiraya was on 16 with captain Sharne Meyers also weighing in with 12 but that was not enough for Zimbabwe to secure victory.

Although Zimbabwe’s bowling attack claimed four victims including the dismissal of Miranda Veringmeier by Audrey Mazvishaya after Veringmeier had posted 47 runs, the modest target Zimbabwe had set was to prove their biggest undoing.

Meyer’s side will now have to pick up the pieces and improve on their run rate if they are going to take one of the four places reserved for the 10 teams which are participating in the 10 day long qualifiers.

Zimbabwe will next play Sri Lanka on Thursday before engaging the United States of America the next day. They will round off their campaign against South Africa on Saturday. The South Africans on their part got off to a perfect start after overcoming Sri Lanka by six runs.

Some of the teams like defending champions England, India, New Zealand, and Australia have already qualified for the 2013 finals to be held in India. These teams have automatic entry for the finals by virtue of finishing in the top four at the last finals held in Sydney Australia.

The World Cup qualifiers, which began Monday, November 14, will end on November 25.