Sunday 1 February 2009 

Zimbabwe Make It 4-0 With Another Win In Nairobi

Zimbabwe Make It 4-0 With Another Win In Nairobi
Three Half-Centurions As Zimbabwe Reach 285
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Kenya's Alex Obanda was stranded on 96 not out as Kenya went 4-0 downin their One Day International series with a 66-run loss to Zimbabwe by being bowled out for 219 in reply to Zimbabwe's 285 for eight in Nairobi.

Three men passed fifty for Zimbabwe but nobody was able to offer Obanda any support as Elton Chigumbura picked up four wickets.

Opener Hamilton Masakadza made 58 in 56 balls and after a mid-innings wobble, Prosper Utseya hit 51 and Forster Mutizwa hammered 61 to help their side reach a competitive score.

Masakadza lost opening partner Vusi Sibanda for five and then Stuart Matsikenyeri for nine but 43 from Sean Williams steadied the innings alongside Masakadza, who thumped eight fours and a six.

Max Waller was dismissed for a golden duck and Elton Chigumbura made 36 before Utseya registered his second half-century in a row with an unbeaten 51 in 47 balls while Mutizwa smashed four fours and three sixes in 45 balls.

Nehemiah Odhiambho was the pick of the bowlers, returning three for 56.

Kenya reached 50 before losing a wicket, openers Kennedy Otieno (20) and Seren Waters (29) making a promising start before the innings fell away.

Chigumbura removed both men, then had Steve Tikolo bowled for three and while Zimbabwe were able to recover from a position of 92 for four earlier in the day, Kenya were unable to bounce back from a similar predicament despite Obanda's form.

He smashed seven fours and five sixes but he ran out of partners four runs short of a century as Kenya were bowled out with an over to spare.

Chigumbura closed with career-best figures of four for 28 and also effected the run out of Hiren Varaiya. Graeme Cremer returned three for 34 and there was a wicket apiece for Utseya and Ray Price.

The final match takes place in Nairobi on February 4th.

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