Saturday 17 October 2009 

Zimbabwe Clinch Series With Six-Wicket Win

Zimbabwe Clinch Series With Six-Wicket Win
Zimbabwe Clinch Series With Six-Wicket Win
© REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Zimbabwe 271-4 (Mutizwa 79, Taylor 60) beat
Kenya 270-8 (Ouma 58, Utseya 4-46) by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Harare

Zimbabwe sealed their One-Day International series against Kenya with an emphatic seven-wicket win after they chased down 271 to win the fourth match with two overs to spare.

Batting first, Kenya reached 270 for eight, captain Maurice Ouma top scoring with 58 as his Zimbabwean counterpart Prosper Utseya picked up four for 46. An opening stand of 64 between David Obuya (49) and Alex Obanda (33) set them up nicely before Ouma's runs came in 58 deliveries and he was aided by the lower order, Thomas Odoyo thumping 30 in 17 balls after Rakep Patel had made 47.

Zimbabwe also made a solid start to their innings, Mark Vermeulen (56) and Hamilton Masakadza (23) scored 30 runs before they lost their first wicket.

Zimbabwe's innings was given fresh momentum by 79 from Foster Mutizwa and then an unbeaten 60 from Brendan Taylor, Mutizwa and Vermeulen putting on 111 for the second wicket.

After Vermeulen and Mutizwa were dismissed by Nehemiah Odhiambo and Lameck Onyango respectively, 37 from Stuart Matsikenyeri got Zimbabwe to the brink before he was bowled by Odhiambo, but that merely served to dely the inevitable.

Zimbabwe lead the five-match series 3-1 with the final match taking place on Sunday 18th October.

After the match, Obanda was fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision, staying in the crease and shaking his hand after he was caught behind off of Ray Price.

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