On the back of a superb bowling display from the bowler, especially Henriette Ishimwe, Rwanda scripted a historic win against Zimbabwe in the ICC U19 T20 World Cup 2023. Ishimwe’s all-round performance helped Rwanda pick up a monumental win in the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup.
Opting to bowl first at the North-West University No1 Ground, Zimbabwe restricted Rwanda to 119 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. The Zimbabwean batters were annihilated by South Africa in their previous encounter. The Kelis Ndlovu-led squad was dismissed by South Africa for just 25.
It seemed as if the Zimbabwean batters carried the baggage of that terrible outing. They scored just 80 runs in the first 18 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. In the last couple of overs, they needed 40 runs to win.
Rwandan captain Gisele Ishimwe tossed the ball to Henriette Ishimwe, who took just four balls to seal the match. The 19-year-old took four wickets in as many balls to bundle Zimbabwe out for 80. Ishimwe cleaned up three batters and trapped one adjacent to the stumps. She finished with stunning figures of 4/13 in 3.4 overs and deservingly won the Player of the Match award.
80/6 👉 80 all out! In the space of 4 balls!
A remarkable end and Rwanda win their first game in the tournament 🤩
— ICC (@ICC) January 17, 2023
This was Rwanda’s first win at an ICC World Cup in any format. They are now placed second in their group behind England and above Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Rwanda’s final match in the group stage will be against England on Thursday. The East African country still has a chance to get to the knockouts but a lot of things will have to fall in place for that to happen. However, they have shown the cricketing world their fighting spirit on the world stage.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Rwanda’s win and Henriette Ishimwe’s performance:
Let’s take a look at how the cricketing world reacted to Rwanda’s win against Zimbabwe and the double hat-trick taken by Henriette Ishimwe.
– They are the first team to represent the country at a cricket WC
– None of the players in their squad were born when cricket was introduced to the
— Nazia Sheikh (@n_sheikh007) January 17, 2023
— M Ahmad (@AhmadSayal_7) January 17, 2023
4 balls and 4 wickets.. something we dont see at mens cricket. congrats Rwanda
— Racerdude (@Racerdude63) January 17, 2023
Looking forward to seeing more of this team in the future. Congratulations Ishimwe.. incredible feat.
— Tennis addict (@Tennisaddict9) January 17, 2023