Kiwis win despite Whittall's heroics

Published: Friday, August 4, 2000, 16:30 [IST]
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Harare: Guy Whittall on Saturday pulled off a near miracle as he battled for three sessions, in a bid to draw the second Test match at the Harare Sports Club. He eventually ran out of partners to be left unbeaten on 188, 12 agonising runs short of a double century.Zimbabwe were eventually bowled out for 370 leaving the Kiwis with 72 runs for a victory, which they achieved with relative ease.Whittall's knock gains immense worth as it came in the face of adversity.

When all looked lost for the home team and when nobody gave Zimbabwe a vestige of chance, he almost proved otherwise. Exhibiting commitment and technique he showed that if one willed nothing is impossible. Whittall's stupendous knock deserves all the accolades as it is nothing short of a Herculean effort.Earlier skipper Heath Streak gave able support to Whittall and in the process notched up 54 runs for his side.For New Zealand Sinclair remained not out with 35 in his second essay while Chris Cairns wielded a few hefty blows to finish off the Kiwi victory in a hurry.
Chris Cairns was adjudged Man of the match.

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