Sports News from Sri Lanka: Singapore laid down a marker ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, claiming their first-ever win over an ICC Full Member when they clung on to bag a four-run win over Zimbabwe in front of a home crowd at the Indian Association Ground on Sunday.
Bouncing back from a heavy defeat at the hands of Nepal in the second game of the ongoing tri-nation series, when Paras Khadka had thumped a barnstorming 106 not out off 52 balls to record Nepal’s first-ever T20I century, the hosts ambushed an understrength but still heavily-fancied. Zimbabwe team, contributions from Rohan Rangarajan, Tim David and Manpreet Singh seeing them to a competitive total of 181 off their 18 overs before a remarkable final three overs from skipper Amjab Mahboob, Janak Prakash and Sidhant Singh ensure Singapore snatched victory from the grip of Zimbabwe, who had been in a commanding position on 159-3 with just 23 needed off the final 18 balls.
The groundsmen had worked overtime to ensure the day-night T20 went ahead at all after torrential downpours had threatened to wash the game out entirely, going so far as to set fires on the pitch in an effort to remove moisture from the surface. In the event, only two overs a side were lost, as the track itself proved true enough, though the outfield was treacherous underfoot and both sides struggled to keep the ball dry.