Taylor seals it for Zimbabwe

Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 11:40 [IST]
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Zimbabwe finish on top

Harare: Brendan Taylor was all on focus throughout the Zimbabwe chase as he helped Zimbabwe overhaul a target of 237, reaching the target with eight wickets to spare.

Taylor was in full flow as he pounded the Sri Lankan attack, scoring a much deserved century for the home team. The home team lost H Masakadza early but Taylor made sure there were no more hiccups and drilled the Sri Lankan attack all round the wicket keeping the asking rate down, scoring his second century of his career.

Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka - Scorecard

Coming in at No 3, Chibhabha played a good helping hand and managed to score a half century.

Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbara had won the toss and elected to bowl against Sri Lanka, which was like a dress rehearsal match before the finals.

The Zimbabwean bowlers had managed to strike back strongly after Dilshan and Tharanga got the tourist to a flying start. They had managed to wrap up the Sri Lankan score at 236 allout.

Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer had made the all important break-throughs for the home team as Sri Lanka failed to capitalize on the start Dilshan and Tharanga had produced.

Utseya had got the important wicket of Dilshan who was looking very dangerous, trying to use his feet being stumped by Taibu. Then he followed up with one more important wicket of Dinesh Chandimal who had hit a prolific ton against the Indians in the last match. Cremer had contributed with an important wicket of Tharanga
who was the man in form.

Utseya had finshed with 2-41 in 10 overs. While Cremer bowled 8 overs to give away 33 runs for 2 wickets.

Chris Mpofu had played his part getting two scalps in the 44th over. He had managed to get Thissara Perera clean bowled with a well directed yorker and got one more wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne in the same over.
He had finished off with 2-32 in 9 overs.

At the start of play, captain Dilshan and Tharanga got Sri Lanka off to a flier putting up a first wicket partnership of 122. Dilshan had scored a breezy 78 runs hitting 2 mighty sixes in his innings. He showed sublime form ahead of the finals and played all around the wicket in his 78 runs innings.
After Dilshans wicket, the following Sri Lankan batsmen never managed to settle and lost wickets at regular intervals.

The two teams had already qualified for the finals after India suffered a major defeat to Sri Lanka.

After a solid platform laid down by Taylor and No 3 batsmen Chibhabha, Taylor stayed till the victory margin along with Taibu to seal their first win over Sri Lanka in seven years, with 13 balls to spare.

With that win Zimbabwe managed to finish the league stage at the top of the table, winning comprehensively all their 50-over matches, and losing the one that was shortened to 26 overs.


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