Henriette Ishimwe bowled a brilliant over to tear through Zimbabwe’s tail and seal a memorable victory for Rwanda in the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup as she took 4 wickets in 4 balls. She batted at number four for her team before taking the new ball with her superb right-arm medium-fast bowling. But Ishimwe made history in the last over, with Zimbabwe on 80/6 and requiring a miraculous finish to accomplish their aim of 120 to win.
4 wickets in 4 balls, Match Winning Spell
Ishimwe, whose hair was painted a bright red, went full and straight with her first delivery of the over to new batter Kudzai Chigora, who swung past the line and had her stumps removed. Her next victim was Olinder Care, who was stuck in front of an in-ducker.
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And the hat-trick ball saw left-hander Chipo Moyo cleaned out by a beautiful yorker, with Ishimwe being welcomed by her ecstatic teammates as the celebrations of a historic victory started. Off the fourth delivery of her over, Ishimwe cannoned a full ball off the back pad of number 11 Faith Ndlalambi and into the stumps to seal the victory and complete her spectacular double hat-trick – as 4 wickets in 4 balls are often termed.
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The historic occasion comes only a day after South African spinner Madison Landsman scored the first hat-trick in a U19 Women’s T20 World Cup match against Scotland. But Ishimwe’s performance is even more significant in context since it completes not just her team’s first victory at this event, but Rwanda’s first win at any ICC World Cup.
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