Zimbabwe XI Hand Canada Innings Defeat In Toronto
Zimbabwe XI 351 (Ervine 177, Bhatti 6-98) beat
Canada 129 & 149 (Masakadza 5-58) by an innings & 73 runs
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Toronto
Zimbabwe XI moved into second place in the standings with a comprehensive ICC Intercontinental Cup victory over Canada inside three days in Toronto.
Craig Ervine continued his stunning run of form with 177 as the away side racked up 351 in their only innings and they bowled Canada out for 129 and 149 to seal their third win of the campaign and remain unbeaten as they completed the win by an innings and 73 runs.
Batting first, Canada made a solid start with opener Hiral Patel hitting 32 before their innings fell away dramatically as fast bowlers Ed Rainsford and Tendai Chatara both returned three wickets with slower bowlers Shingirai Masakadza and Timycen Maruma taking two apiece.
Rizwan Cheema hit a defiant unbeaten 46 - a career-best - to guide the home side past the century.
Zimbabwe's batting, Ervine aside, failed to fire as no other batsman could pass 35, and that came from Masakadza at number nine in the order.
They were indebted to Ervine's 284-ball innings which included 16 fours and three sixes to first ensure a hefty first-innnings lead, and the six points that guarantees, and eventually a score to put Canada under immense pressure when they batted again.
Left-armer Umar Bhatti did much of the damage with the ball by taking six for 98 and it was Patel who finally ended Ervine's innings when he was stumped to become the last man to fall.
Masakadza (5-58) and Chatara (3-18) then ripped through Canada's batting as they tried to save the game but they lasted a mere 56.5 overs before being bowled out.
Wicket-keeper Hamza Tariq top scored on debut with 39 before he was run out by Charles Coventry.
The two sides now play two one-day games before two matches begin next week, between Ireland and the Netherlands, and Scotland and Afghanistan, which could have dramatic implications on the direction of the tournament.
Zimbabwe will finish their campaign with matches against Scotland and Ireland, although the dates for those matches are yet to be decided, while Canada, who are bottom of the table, play Ireland in their final game.
Standings: Scotland 69 points (4 matches played), Zimbabwe XI 63 (4), Afghanistan 57 (4), Kenya 43 (5), Netherlands 15 (5), Ireland 12 (3), Canada 9 (4)
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