Today’s day game featured the battle between Zimbabwe and Canada from the Group A. And Zimbabwe have defeated Canada comprehensively by a whopping margin of 175 runs.
Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine outshone other batsmen as they did the bulk of the scoring. Batting first, Zimbabwe made 298/9 in 50 overs with Taibu hitting 98 (off 99 balls) and Ervine scoring a quick 85 (off 81 deliveries). Unfortunately, both batsmen failed to cross the 3-figure mark.
Canada bowled decently giving away only 4 extras and also striking early blows. However, the 181-run partnership between Taibu and Ervine took the match away from the Canadians. Sean Williams (30), Prosper Utseya (22) and Graeme Cremer (26) provided some handy contributions lower down the order. Amongst the Canadian bowlers, Balaji Rao was the pick of the lot grabbing 4 wickets for the team.
Chasing Zimbabwean score of 298, Canada got bowled out for a paltry score of 123. Zubin Surkari who made 26 was the highest scorer of the side. Zimbabwean bowlers bowled as a unit with Ray Price and Graeme Cremer picking up 3 wickets each. Prosper Utseya and Greg Lamb claimed 2 wickets each.
• Final Result: Zimbabwe defeated Canada by 175 runs
• Man of the Match: Tatenda Taibu for scoring 98 runs