Sibanda gets Zimbabwe off to winning start at World T20


Vusi Sibanda's maiden Twenty20 International fifty led Zimbabwe to a 14-run victory over Hong Kong in the opening match of the 2016 World Twenty20 in Nagpur.

Despite the comical early loss of Hamilton Masakadza (20), the captain's opening partner Sibanda was in fine form with a career-best 59 off 46 balls in the Group B clash.

A six-laden 30-run cameo from Elton Chigumbura set Hong Kong a target of 159, which they fell short of despite the efforts of Jamie Atkinson (53).

Masakadza paid for failing to ground his bat as he looked to have comfortably made his ground when Babar Hayat slung down the stumps, and the impressive Sibanda lacked support with Richmond Mutumbami (0), Sean Williams (12) and Sikandar Raza (3) going cheaply.

Malcolm Waller (26) finally offered some stability, playing his part in a 61-run stand for the fifth wicket as Sibanda brought up his first half-century by drilling a maximum over long-on.

But the pair were dismissed in the 17th over by Aizaz Khan (2-33) as Zimbabwe lost three wickets in eight balls, though a trio of sixes from Chigumbura helped Zimbabwe to 158-8.

Hong Kong mounted a slow and steady start to the chase, taking just 15 from the first four overs beforeT20I cricket's oldest debutant, 44-year-old Ryan Campbell (9), was caught at mid-on.

Atkinson led the charge for Hong Kong after an early reprieve following a misjudged catch attempt by Sibanda at deep midwicket, but, despite his first T20I half-century, they could only reach 144-6.