Whittall's rearguard ton too little too late

Published: Friday, August 4, 2000, 16:30 [IST]
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Harare: Zimbabwe on Friday came up with a rearguard action when centurion Guy Whittall (105 not out) and Andy Flower (65) put together 131 runs for the fifth wicket and then later Whittall in the company of his captain continued to keep the New Zealanders at bay by putting on an 59 runs for the sixth wicket in an unbroken partnership at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe ended the fourth day of the second Test on 228 for five, still 71 runs adrift of wiping New Zealand's first innings total.However the home crowd had something to cheer about as Whittall stroked his way to a century. He was compact in defence and displayed sound judgment in his choice of strokes.

After exhibiting a stroke filled innings Whittall iced his innings to nicety, when in one delightful over he pulled Astle to the boundary before hoisting him over the long-on fence to bring up his century.Andy Flower must consider himself unlucky to have departed, when he was in prime touch, for 65 caught brilliantly at point by Sinclair. Sinclair flung himself in the air and plucked the speeding ball out of thin air.Earlier Zimbabwe found themselves in early trouble when both Grant Flower and Campbell needlessly ran themselves out. Zimbabwe still have a mammoth task on hand if they are to save this Test.

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