Singapore create history, beat Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe were in the chase as long as Sean Williams was in the middle

When Tony Munyonga cut teenager Sidhant Singh for only a single in the game’s final ball at the Indian Association Ground in Singapore, history was made as the home side beat a Full Member nation for the first time in international cricket.

In a rain-hit 18-overs-a-side contest, Zimbabwe fell four short of the 182-run target despite Sean Williams’ 66, to lose their first game of the tri-nation series that now sees both teams (and the other side Nepal) tied on two points each.

Singapore’s captain Amjad Mahboob was understandably proud of his team at the presentation: “I just spoke to my boys, ‘Just do your best, just fight until the last ball; just don’t care about the result and just give your best and see the result came in our favour’. Yesterday we lost. Yesterday I didn’t play [against Nepal who won the game by nine wickets]. Just today, I came and I told the boys pre-game that to play to our potential. To not be scared. We are a young side and it’s a great feeling to beat a Test nation. We are very happy.”

Singapore T20 Tri-series 3rd match (other team Nepal)

Singapore vs. Zimbabwe at Indian Association Ground in Singapore

Brief Scores:

Singapore 181 for 9 in 18 overs (Manpreet Singh 41, Tim David 41, Rohan Rangarajan 39; Ryan Burl 3/24, Richard Ngarava 2/48)

Zimbabwe 177 for 7 in 18 overs (Sean Williams 66, Regis Chakabva 48, Tinotenda Mutombodzi 32; Amjad Mahboob 2-20, Janak Prakash 2-34)

Result: Singapore win by 4 runs

Previous Results: 1st match – Zim bt. Nepal by 5 wkts, 2nd match – Nepal bt. Singapore by 9 wkts

Remaining Matches: 1 Oct – Nepal vs. Zim, 2 Oct – Singapore vs. Nepal, 3 Oct – Sin vs. Zim