Rhinos clinch T20 tourney 4-2 despite losing final match to Tanzania

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Opening batsman, Mkhululi Tshuma’s, maiden fifty went in vain as the Kwekwe based cricket team Rhinos suffered a three-wicket loss to Tanzania in an inconsequential sixth T20 match, at Kwekwe Sports Club.

Before this match, Rhinos had already taken an unassailable 4-1 lead over visiting Tanzania National cricket team.

Won the toss and chose to bat first on Friday, Rhinos lost two quick wickets in the first over, with Hatsheed Anantkumar Chohan striking twice for the visitors.

Tshuma and K. Kaitano (28) then steadied the ship as the two added 85 runs together.

The partnership was broken when Tshuma, who scored 50, got out in the 10th over. Wicketkeeper Brian Matsiwe followed as Tanzania bowled out Rhinos for 104 runs in the 16th over.

For Tanzania, Jantinkumar Chandubal Darji  (3/11) picked up three wickets.Tanzania then returned to overhaul the target with 15 balls to spare, riding on Jittin Pratap Singh’s unbeaten 51 runs off 40 balls.

Chasing 105 runs to win, the visitors lost Muhammad Zafar Khan Khan (0) in the third over after a first-wicket partnership of just 15 runs.

Kassim Nassoro Mussa (17) then gave company to Singh as they shared a 22-run partnership to take Tanzania to 89.

Singh’s half century was enough to take the visitors home, despite losing wickets at regular intervals.

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