Campbell pilots Zimbabwe to series win

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2000, 3:50 [IST]
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Bulawayo: Riding on a wave of scintillating form, Alistair Campbell (99) rode his team to a series victory on Sunday in the third and final One-day international against the touring New Zealanders at the Queen's Club. Set a target of 265 Zimbabwe achieved victory by six wickets and with 2.1 overs to spare.Zimbabwe went about the task in a very impressive and professional manner with Marillier taking advantage of the 15-yard circle, to end up with 46. But it was Campbell's innings that was most impressive.

Fresh out of a 96 in the previous match Campbell continued the good run, playing the sheet anchor to perfection.All of the Zimbabwe batsmen came good with Stewart Carlisle (30), Andy Flower (46) and Heath Streak (28 not out) lending ample support to Campbell.Earlier helped by impressive knocks of 78 and 63 by McMillan and Twose respectively, New Zealand gave themselves a good chance of winning the series 2-1 by posting a healthy total of 264 for eight in 50 overs.

Opting to make first use of the wicket the Kiwis were off to a brisk start albeit they lost wickets at regular intervals to end up at 78 for three in the 18th over. From there on Twose in the company of McMillan dealt lusty blows in their fourth wicket partnership of 92. At one point it looked like the two would tear apart the host's attack when Twose hit Viljoen for three consecutive sixes, which was followed by an assault by McMillan.

If not for the departure of Twose at a crucial juncture (33rd over at 170) the Kiwis would have fetched themselves 20-30 runs more than what they eventually settled for. After the exit of Twose, the hosts fought back to marginally restrict the otherwise rocketing Kiwi scoreboard.The other Kiwi batsmen to chip-in were Nathan Astle who made 35 at the top of the innings and Parore who played a useful knock of 30 lower down the order.

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