Zimbabwe: Chevrons Seeking Buyout – allAfrica.com

ZIMBABWE national cricket team coach Lalchand Rajput took a PCR test yesterday as he sought to join his squad ahead of the second One Day International against Sri Lanka today.

Rajput, who tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in Colombo last week, missed the opening encounter which Zimbabwe lost by five wickets on Sunday.

The 60-year-old Indian national was asymptomatic at the time of testing and he has spent the past week in isolation in accordance with health protocols.

“He took a PCR test today (yesterday) and we are awaiting the result. If he is fine then he joins the team,” Majonga said.

Rajput’s backroom staff, which includes batting coach Stewart Matsikenyeri, bowling coach Douglas Hondo and field coach Shepherd Makunura, have been working with the team in the absence of the head coach.

The Chevrons need to bounce back in the game today to keep the streak alive. The three-game ODI series is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and there is so much to play for both teams.

Currently, Zimbabwe anchors the 13-team table with 25 points. But with 10 points gained from each victory, the Chevrons could still jump to 10th place, if they play their cards right, by the end of the day, but with more games on the teams below them.

The hosts are also buoyed by the prospects of moving up to fourth in the ODI Super League standings, on 62 points.

The competition is essential as it is part of the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Zimbabwe would need to build on the positives of the opener which was punctuated by a positive strike from a batting friendly wicket at the Pellekele International Cricket Stadium. Sean Williams scored his fifth one-day international century in this game, but the effort was in vain as Zimbabwe failed to defend 296/9.

They lost the game by five wickets. The opening partnership of Regis Chakabva (72) and impressive debutant Takudzwanashe Kaitano (42), who produced 80 runs from 88 deliveries, had given them a good platform to build on.

Zimbabwe will hope for more as the first order is expected to return unchanged. But more will be expected from skipper Craig Ervine, who had an indifferent outing in the opener. The visitors would also like to see more of the hitters Sikandar Raza, Wesley Madhevere and Ryan Burl in the middle order and also have a good finish on such a good batting trail. They admitted they were 20-30 points short in the first game and that turned out to be their loss.

The bowling unit must also rise to the occasion. Zimbabwe couldn’t really threaten the Sri Lankan batters, who headed for the target without much fuss.

The Chevrons had all day yesterday to work on their game. Zimbabwe should take inspiration from their last visit to the country when they won a series 2-3.

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