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Southern Rocks in tricky tie


Time is running out for Southern Rocks coach Monty Lynch and his underperforming star-studded side after losing their first two matches in the StanbicTwenty20 cricket series.

On Wednesday, the Masvingo-based franchise side face a stern test against an in-form Matabeleland Tuskers in a match in which they will be hoping to resurrect their faltering campaign in the tournament.

Tuskers are unbeaten in this tournament after dismissing Mashonaland Eagles.

Confidence in the Southern Rocks camp is certainly not at its best after two defeats in as many days to Eagles and Mid West Rhinos last weekend.

With a showdown against defending champions Mountaineers looming in their last group match on Friday, Rocks know that today’s encounter is a must-win.

Tuskers are no pushovers, judging by their performance against Eagles last Sunday which reaffirmed their growing status as one of the favourites in this tournament.

There is no doubt former national team captains Dave Houghton and Heath Streak, coaches at the Bulawayo-based side, have injected some confidence in the side after a disappointing campaign in the inaugural tournament last year.

In skipper Gavin Ewing, Neil Carter, Charles Coventry and all-rounder Keith Dabengwa, the Bulawayo-based side have players whose style of play favours Twenty20 cricket.

They all played a part in the 12-run victory against Eagles on Sunday.

However, Rocks also boast of the biggest names in the tournament in the legendary Brian Lara, Steve Tikolo and current and former Zimbabwe national team captains Elton Chigumbura and Tatenda Taibu.

Their biggest undoing has been their failure to play as a team, both in the bowling and batting departments.

All-rounder Chris Harris has fought a lone battle with the ball while the opening batting partnership of Chamunorwa Chibhabha and Pakistan-born Sikandar Razza were guilty of failing to set a solid start.

Chibhabha, a revelation for the national team in South Africa recently, is yet to show what he is capable of in this tournament.

In another match on Wednesday, Mid West Rhinos square off against Mashonaland Eagles.

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