On the 12th day of the World Cup 1999 England were at home, so to say. Taking on Zimbabwe in their fourth outing in the six-team group "A", England rattled their opponents to brighten their prospects. With three wins in hand, the home team will play India on May 29 at Edgbaston.
England chose to field first and their bowlers mesmerised the Zimbabweans who never had a breezy moment except during the last 10 overs when they gathered 40 runs losing two wickets for a meagre total of 167 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs.Darren Gough (24), Alan Mullally (2 for 16) and Mark Ealham (2 for 35) struck at regular intervals while Angus Fraser got a wicket and Nasser Hussain effected a brilliant run out from point to send back a dangerous looking Andy Flower (10). Guy Whittall ( 28), Alistair Campbell (24) and Grant Flower (35) were the chief contributors.
Zimbabwe bowlers did begin on a rousing note dismissing Alec Stewart and Graeme Hick for just 36 runs. But they could not go beyond that as Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe performed like true professionals and put on 123 runs before Thorpe fell for 62 off 80 balls. At that stage England needed just another nine runs with still 16.3 overs left.