The second match day was no better than Zimbabwe’s first day in the ongoing Under 19 Quadrangular Series in Visakhapatnam, India. Zimbabwe conceded a 149-run loss to the Aussies in a match played at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on September 25 2013.
Australia won the toss and grabbed the bat, scoring 329 in their 50 overs. Opener and skipper, Damien Mortimer scored 79 runs before being dismissed by Luke Jongwe with the fourth ball of the 40th over. In the following 10 overs Zimbabwe picked up two more big wickets, but the dismissals were rather a little too late. Kelvin Smith top scored for Australia with 139 runs, while Jongwe registered figures of 2/49. Although he did not pick up any wickets, Deven Bell was by far Zimbabwe’s best bowler at the ACA-VDCA. The spin bowler delivered 10 overs and the Aussies managed to reap only 39 runs off him.
Zimbabwe’s chase for 330 never set off as the lads struggled to form strong partnerships. Joylord Gumbie scored his first Youth ODI half-ton with his 56, which was also the highest score by a Zimbabwean batsman on the the day. The Aussies managed to bowl out Zimbabwe in the 35th over with a modest 182 runs on the scoreboard. Tom Andrews’ leg break claimed five Zimbabwean wickets.
Watching the boys play, one can easily tell that the major difference from their counterparts is not the skill level, but rather match experience at an international level. While India, Australia and South Africa have played at least two other Youth ODIs apart from the current series this year, this is Zimbabwe’s first international outing in 2013.
Zimbabwe play neighbours South Africa on Friday September 27.