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Zimbabwe sees a “great” chance to go to the T20 World Cup semifinals

Zimbabwe sees a “great” chance to go to the T20 World Cup semifinals

Zimbabwe sees a "great" chance to go to the T20 World Cup semifinals

Zimbabwe sees a “great” chance to go to the T20 World Cup semifinals

Brisbane: Confident skipper Craig Ervine said Saturday that Zimbabwe had a “huge” chance to reach the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals, praising new coach Dave Houghton for instilling belief in the team.

The African nation, who came through the first round in Australia to make the Super 12, pulled off a stunning one-run upset over Pakistan on Thursday.

It came on the back of them sharing the points with South Africa from a washed-out game, leaving them level on three points with the Proteas and one behind Group 2 leaders India.

Zimbabwe face Bangladesh next in Brisbane on Sunday, followed by the Netherlands and heavyweights India.

We have a great chance to get to the semifinals, said Ervine.

Again, we must defeat both Bangladesh and the Netherlands. After that, we play India in the championship game, and other outcomes may also be important.

He said, “The men, obviously got their tails up.” “Obviously, the victory over Pakistan has given us a lot of confidence, but we also understand how easily things can change in this game.

But just now, we can’t look too far ahead. We’re probably just trying to focus on tomorrow’s game and looking ahead to it.

Since Houghton served as the nation’s first Test captain in 1992, Zimbabwe is now participating in the Super 12, marking a turning point for the nation.

Ervine is talking about a possibility to play in the semifinals at the point when he guided them through the qualifying competition.

Houghton, who is regarded as one of Zimbabwe’s top batsmen, has provided a fresh perspective and a great deal of respect, according to Ervine.

When Dave took over, he essentially revolutionised how we trained and restored a lot of confidence in each and every player, the player stated.

When he speaks, you only need to glance around the room to see that everyone is listening. Everyone is absorbing it. Everyone admires him.

The performances, I believe, have reassured everyone that what Dave is doing for us works. “He’s managed to just change the mentality of every single player in the group.

 

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