Singapore Register Four-run Win to Stun Zimbabwe in T20I Series
In a big upset, hosts Singapore got the better of fancied opponents, Zimbabwe in the T20I series on Sunday.
In the rain-truncated encounter, Singapore beat the African nation by a margin of four runs.
Even though there were no fifties scored in the entire Singapore innings, the minnows managed to score a healthy 181/9 in 18 overs.
Singapore openers Rohan Rangarajan (39 off 22) and Surendran Chandramohan (23 off 17) started the innings well and had an opening stand of 62 runs. Thereafter, quick 41s by Tim David and Manpreet Singh took them to a big total.
As for Zimbabwe, leg-spinner Ryan Burl with his three wickets did try to pull things back, but in vain.
Come the second innings, Zimbabwe had an excellent start to the chase and were cruising at 63/1 at one stage. Opener Regis Chakabva slammed 48 from 19 balls, whereas skipper Sean Williams scored 66 from 35, but in the end this effort didn’t prove to be enough.
But the fall of Tinotenda Mutombodzi for 32 proved to be a game-changer. From there on the run-rate fell considerably and Zimbabwe lost three more wickets. Amjad Mahmood, Janak Prakash and
Sidhant Singh applied brakes on the scoring rate, and took their side to a win.