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ELEVEN years ago in Harare, Solomon Mire played his first professional cricket match.

Summary

  • The HeraldLiam Brickhill in HARAREELEVEN years ago in Harare, Solomon Mire played his first professional cricket match.
  • Fast forward a decade, and Mire has transformed from a rangy teenager into one of the best strikers of a cricket ball in Zimbabwe.
  • He’s moved all the way up to the top of the order now, and against Pakistan — the world’s top T20I side — he came within one stroke of becoming the first Zimbabwean to hit a T20I hundred, providing a neat little bit of symmetry by once again making 94 (but from 63 balls this time) in the city where he made his start as a pro.
  • Mire has looked in the best touch of all Zimbabwe’s batsmen in this tri-series so far, despite the fact that he has played no serious cricket since the World Cup Qualifiers in March and wasn’t part of the warm-ups against Kenya.
  • But after a couple of 20s in the first two matches, he took the attack to Pakistan today and put together Zimbabwe’s best start of the tournament with the recalled Cephas Zhuwao.


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