Having joined forces when Zimbabwe were 64 for 5 in the 10 overs, Burl and Mutumbami saw off Lamichhane and then secured the chase in a blaze of sixes. Mutumbami lined up offspin-bowling allrounder Airee for back-to-back sixes in the 15th over before sending Abhinash Bohara and Kushal Malla over the ropes as well.
Burl, becalmed in the early exchanges, teed off in the 17th over and hastened Zimbabwe’s victory with a hat-trick of boundaries off Malla.
Nepal’s start mirrored that of Zimbabwe’s – they were 55 for 4 in the 11th over after choosing to bat – but some hefty blows from Airee (40) and No.8 Sompal Kami (25*) hauled them to 132 for 6.
Airee, who was the second-highest run-getter in the 2018-19 Everest Premier League, Nepal’s T20 league, helped his side work past the early strikes with 40 off 33 balls, including five fours. When he holed out in the 17th over, Nepal were in dire need of some late impetus at 95 for 6. And Kami provided that with a sparkling cameo that helped Nepal score 36 off their last three overs.
While Neville Madziva exploited the sluggish pitch with a variety of slower balls, including the legcutter, Tendai Chatara missed his lengths in the final over. The seamer dished out two full-tosses, and both were carted for sixes. The second full-toss was a front-foot no-ball and it resulted in a free-hit, but Chatara roused himself to concede just four off the last five balls.