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Harare Hurricanes beat Durban Qalandars to register first win at Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10

  • The result means the Durban Qalandars have lost their first game of the tournament

Harare: The Harare Hurricanes finally got off the mark in the inaugural edition of the Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10, as the swatted away the challenge of the Durban Qalandars on Sunday, at the Harare Sports Club. It was a massive performance from Regis Chakabva, who scored an unbeaten 44 to help his side register their first points of the tournament.

Batting first, the Durban Qalandars lost the in-form Hazratullah Zazai for 3, when he was bowled by Mohammad Nabi. At the other end though, Tim Seifert is going great guns, and dealing in big hits, much to the joy of the fans at the stadium, who were enjoying the Sunday sun.

Nabi packed off Andre Fletcher after that for 2, after which Asif Ali and Seifert put on a solid partnership. The duo were on the attack from the get-go, and put on a 51-run partnership for the third wicket, scoring the runs from 24 deliveries.

Ali did not last long though and was castled by Samit Patel for 18, while Seifert completed a half-century and was in no mood to relent. Seifert and Nick Welch were the next stand and they put on an unbeaten 43-run stand as the Qalandars posted 126/3 in their 10 overs. Seifert finished with an unbeaten 71.

In response, the Hurricanes had a stuttering start, as they lost the wickets of Robin Uthappa (1) to Mohammad Amir and Eoin Morgan (2) to Brad Evans in the early overs. Regis Chakabva and the Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan came together after that, with the veteran taking up on the responsibility of attacking the Qalandars.

Irfan Pathan of Harare Hurricanes hitting a four during match 7 of the Zim Afro T10 League between the Durban Qalandars and the Harare Hurricanes held at the Harare Sports Club in the Zimbabwe on the 23rd July 2023
Photo by Saikat Das / ACEIMAGES for Zim Afro T10

Pathan’s stay in the middle was a short one but he smashed Linde for a hat-trick of sixers and scored a quick 37 from 14 balls, to put the pressure back on the Qalandars. Pathan though could not kick on and was dismissed by Linde in the 5th over.

At this point, the game was on a knife-edge, but Donovan Ferreira added a quickfire 16 before he too was dismissed, even as Chakabva was holding out at the other end, keeping the Hurricanes in the hunt for their first win of the tournament.

In the home stretch, Nabi was dismissed for 19 but it was Chakabva, who was the hero of the day for the Hurricanes, as he took charge and helped his team storm over the line for their first win of the tournament. Chakabva remained unbeaten on 44 as the Hurricanes won by 5 wickets.

Brief Scores –
Durban Qalandars – 126/3 (Tim Seifert – 71*, Nick Welch – 22*; Mohammad Nabi – 2/9, Samit Patel – 1/17) lost by 5 wickets against the Harare Hurricanes – 127/5 (Regis Chakabva – 44*, Irfan Pathan – 37; Mohammad Amir – 2/23, Tendai Chatara – 1/17)



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