WC 2003 - High flying Zimbabwe triumphs on Duckworth/ Lewis rule

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: A combination of a record-breaking innings by Craig Wishart and torrential African downpours sent little Namibia crashing to defeat in its first ever World Cup clash on Monday.Chasing a huge 340 for two, the Namibians struggled to 104 for five off 25.1 overs when the rain came for the second time at the Harare Sports Club leaving the umpires little choice but to abandon the match and award the game to Zimbabwe by a margin of 86 runs based on the Duckworth-Lewis method.Wishart's career best of 172 was also the highest ever One-day score by a Zimbabwean player and it rounded off a day which had started with home players Andy Flower and Henry Olonga announcing they would wear black armbands as a protest against the policies of President Robert Mugabe.On the pitch Andy Flower's efforts with the bat, as he made 39, were overshadowed by Wishart who put on 107 for the first wicket with Mark Vermeulen.Wishart completed his second career One-day hundred in as many balls. His previous best of 102 came against India at the same venue three years ago.Namibia was outclassed on its debut but at least Lennie Louw, the oldest player in the World Cup at 43, had the consolation of dismissing Vermeulen, who made 39.Wishart found two able allies in the Flower brothers with Andy hitting 39 and Grant 78 not out. Wishart hit three sixes and 18 fours, but just missed out on Gary Kirsten's highest World Cup score of 188, made against Holland at Rawalpindi in 1996.Namibia's reply got off to the worst possible start when opener Riaan Walters was caught behind first ball off the bowling of Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak.

Copyright AFP 2001

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