In a spectacular turn of events, Luke Jongwe’s masterful display led Zimbabwe to their maiden men’s T20I victory over Sri Lanka. Jongwe’s heroics against childhood idol Angelo Mathews stole the show.
New Delhi, January 17, 2024 – In a thrilling encounter, Zimbabwe secured their first-ever men’s T20I victory over Sri Lanka, courtesy of a breathtaking performance by all-rounder Luke Jongwe. Facing the challenge of 20 runs in the final over against his childhood hero, Angelo Mathews, Jongwe delivered a match-winning heist that will be etched in the memories of cricket fans.
Jongwe, who had come close to sealing victories for Zimbabwe in the past, shared his elation at finally accomplishing the feat. Speaking at the post-match press conference, he expressed the special significance of achieving this milestone against Sri Lanka, given Mathews’ influence on his cricketing journey.
“Doing it against Sri Lanka, considering Angelo was one of my role models growing up, is even better,” Jongwe remarked. “He used to be my wallpaper when I was a kid. There’s too much happening for me today. I’m just grateful to God.”
Revealing his strategic approach, Jongwe acknowledged the importance of waiting for the right moment. Patiently biding his time against bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Madushanka, he unleashed a flurry of boundaries in the final over, including three consecutive hits – a six, a four, and another six.
“I knew they needed one over from someone because Chameera was done and Madushanka was done,” Jongwe explained. “I told myself I wasn’t going to take a risk against them and wait until the last over, and give myself the best chance.”
The win not only marked Zimbabwe’s first men’s T20I victory over Sri Lanka in five attempts but also carried a heartwarming tale of Jongwe triumphing over his childhood idol. Despite the pressure and the daunting target, Zimbabwe emerged victorious, showcasing the resilience and skill of their players on the international stage.