THE Eagles have proved to be the Mountaineers’ bogey opponents as they inflicted defeat on them in the Domestic Twenty20 competition in Harare. They are the only side to beat the men from Mutare, twice in a row, after winning by 53 runs yesterday.
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The Mountaineers won the toss and decided they would feel more comfortable chasing Mashonaland Eagles’ effort.
Sikandar Raza and Chamu Chibhabha opened the batting innings for the home team with their partnership reaching the half-century mark in 27 minutes.
The first wicket fell with Chibhabha – who scored 50 – as the victim. Stability in innings came from Raza, who stayed in till the 17th over, having formed partnerships with three of his teammates. The Eagles saw out the 20 over limit to craft a handsome score of 180, losing eight men in the process.
Nathan Waller got the Eagles defence started as his medium-paced delivery managed to get Hamilton Masakadza caught out by Forster Mutizwa in the second over. However, the most valuable bowler for the Harare team was 21-year-old Tinotenda Mutombodzi who picked up a total of four wickets in as many overs.