In a riveting day of Logan Cup cricket, Tuskers and Rhinos
showcased a tale of two matches, marked by thrilling partnerships and late
twists at Takashinga Cricket Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare.
The Tuskers found themselves in dire straits early on, losing crucial wickets and stumbling to 37 for four against the Mega Market Mountaineers. Tendai Chatara's early breakthroughs rocked the Tuskers' top order, setting the stage for a daunting recovery.
However, just when it seemed the tide was against them, Milton Shumba and Ali Hamid rose to the occasion with a monumental double-century partnership. Their partnership of 224 runs, characterized by Shumba's composed century and Hamid's aggressive innings, propelled Tuskers to a commanding position.
Hamid's blazing knock of 122, adorned with 16 boundaries and a towering six, perfectly complemented Shumba's gritty century of 109, steadying the Tuskers' ship and guiding them to a formidable total of 327 for seven at stumps.
In contrast, the Rhinos enjoyed a promising start against Southern Rocks, thanks to a solid second-wicket partnership between Bright Matsiwe and Takudzwanashe Kaitano. The duo combined forces to steer the Rhinos to a position of strength with a 128-run stand, laying a solid foundation for their innings.
Matsiwe's resilient knock of 88, supported by Kaitano's composed innings of 72, put the Rhinos in control. However, Johnathan Campbell's four-wicket haul sparked a late batting collapse, as the Rhinos lost wickets in quick succession.
Despite the early promise, Rhinos faltered towards the end, slipping from 202 for one to 299 for eight at stumps, leaving the match finely poised for the following day's action.