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Zim thump Canada by 175 runs

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Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 16:42 [IST]
 
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Chasing Zimbabwe's humongous total of 298/9, Canada never looked in the game at any stage. Unable to recover from a dire start, Canada crumbled to the spin of Zimbabwe's front-line bowlers, getting bowled out for 123 in 42.1 overs. Ray Price and Graeme Cremer took 3 wickets each and Prosper Utseya and Gary Lamb finished with a couple of scalps a piece.

Canada got off to a horrendous start in their innings. Zimbabwe opened with their slow-left-armer Ray Price and the decision paid off in dividends. In just the second over, the spinner bowled Canadian opener John Davison for a duck and Canada were 1/1.

Four overs later, Price effected a double strike, caught and bowling Nitish Kumar for 1 and in the very next ball, having captain Ashish Bagai caught at square leg for no-score as Canada slipped to 7/3 in 5.4 overs.

Then Ruvindu Gunasekara and Jimmy Hansra tried to put the house in order. While Hansra struck Chris Mpofu for a four in the 9th over, Gunasekara did the same to Price in the 12th, before in the next over, Hansra carted off-spinner Prosper Utseya for a six. But the bowler had the last laugh when he had Hansra stumped for 20 as Canada slumped to 49/4 in 20.3 overs.

In the next over, Lamb bowled Gunasekara for 24. But just three balls later Rizwan Cheema counter-attacked with a six and four off the same bowler. However, it was just a matter of time before Cheema too perished, this time to Utseya for 14 as Canada slid further to 66/6 in 22.5 overs.

There was no stopping the Canadian slide as even though Zubin Surkari was dropped off Cremer in the 27th over, the bowler returned four balls later to trap Tom Gordon in front for 7. Canada was 78/7 in 27 overs at that juncture with Khurram Chohan, the new man at the crease.

Surkari and Chohan put on 18 runs before the latter was lbw to Cremer for 8. Then Harvir Baidwan and Surkari took Canada to over 100 in the 37th over. After that the end came fairly swiftly with Lamb getting Surkari stumped for 26 and Cremer bowling Balaji Rao for 1. Canada were all out for 123in 42.1 overs, losing the match by a massive 175 runs. 

In a dramatic beginning to Zimbabwe's innings, Canadian fast bowler Khurram Chohan trapped an unsuspecting Brendon Taylor in front for a duck first ball. His opening partner Charles Coventry, was the next to go, when he was lbw to Harvir Baidwan for 4 off 10 balls. The Africans were in trouble at 7/2 in 3.3 overs. But new batsman Craig Ervine was quick to counter-attack, smacking the bowler for a four in the same over.

Then in the 8th over, one-down bat Tantenda Taibu got into the act, smacking Jimmy Hansra for two boundaries as Zimbabwe moved to 33/3 in 8 overs. Just two overs later, Taibu again attacked Hansra, taking two more fours off him, beforer Taibu clobbered Chohan for another four to bring up his side's 50 in the 11th over.

Then seamer Rizwan Cheema was the next to fall victim to Taibu's onslaught, also going for a couple of fours in the 15th over. Ervine helped Zimbabwe cross 100 with a four off spinner Balaji Rao in the 20th over. A boundary or a six was coming off virtually every over and in the 26th, the batting duo each knocked a four off Hansra to take their side past 150.

But a short while later, there was finally some respite for the Canadians as Balaji Rao had Ervine caught behind for 85 off 81 balls. However, Zimbabwe were still in a strong position at 188/3 in 31.2 overs. Then captain Elton Chigumbura struck a four before he was foxed by Rizwan Cheema for 5 off 8 balls. That dismissal triggered a protracted middle-order collapse for Zimbabwe as the side lost Taibu (98), Lamb (11) and Williams (30) for 39 runs.

Zimbabwe were in a spot of bother at 240/7 in 41.4 overs. But then Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer launched a recovery of sorts, before Chohan removed the former batsman for 22 runs with the score at 281/8. Baidwan got his second wicket when he bowled Cremer for 26 and Zimbabwe were 285/9 in 48.3 overs. Then some power-hitting from Ray Price took the Africans to a total of 298/9 in their 50 overs [scorecard].

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