Sibanda Innings Sets West Indies Challenging Total
Zimbabwe 254-5 (Sibanda 95, Taibu 56) v West Indies
First One-Day International, Providence
Vusi Sibanda hit 95 and Tatenda Taibu scored 56 as Zimbabwe reached 254 for five in the first One-Day International against the West Indies in Providence.
Sibanda fell five runs short of a century but he had anchored the innings and allowed Zimbabwe to kick on and set the West Indies a testing total.
He put on 67 for the first wicket with Hamilton Masakadza (41) and then added 100 with Taibu for the second wicket, Taibu facing just 54 balls for his runs as Zimbabwe took advantage of a poor West Indian display in the field.
Their fielding improved as the innings went on, Kieron Pollard kicking the ball onto the stumps to run out Brendan Taylor and Andre Fletcher holding onto a high catch to dismiss Elton Chigumbura for 27 during the batting Power Play.
After Sibanda had hit Pollard for a six and a four on the on side, his innings was ended when Kemar Roach yorked him, the batsman's attempts to dig the ball out only resulting in his bat snapping in two.
He faced 162 balls in all and unbeaten at the end were Stuart Matsikenyeri, on 16, and Greg Lamb, on two.
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