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Rennie, Flower guide Zimbabwe to victory

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Faridabad: Opener Gavin Rennie (72) and star batsman Andy Flower (92) powered Zimbabwe to an imposing four-wicket victory over Board President's XI in the three-day tie at Nahar Singh Stadium on Wednesday.Chasing an achievable target of 262 for a win, Zimbabwe lost two early wickets, but Rennie and Andy steadied the innings by scoring on a placid and dry wicket. Both captains Guy Whittall and Hrishikesh Kanitkar tried to infuse some life into the match, which from the outset seemed to be heading for a draw.Zimbabwe, tasting their first win of the series, will face India in a Test match at Ferozeshah Kotla, New Delhi, from November 18. Andy and Rennie added 116 runs for the third wicket and took the score closer to the target. Rennie was caught by wicket-keeper Abhijit Kale off Ashish Kapoor for 72. Earlier, Board President XI declared their second innings at 183 for two, 15 minutes after lunch and set a target of 262 for a win to Zimbabwe.Captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar and middle order batsman Virendar Sehwag remained unbeaten at 33 and 58 respectively. They added 91 runs for the third wicket. On Tuesday, half an hour after the lunch break, Zimbabwe Captain Guy Whittall surprised everybody by declaring their first innings at 235 for 5 conceding a-68 run deficit. Earlier, Board President XI had declared their first innings at 314 for five. UNI

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