Masakadza Blitz Sets Up Crushing Zimbabwe Win

Masakadza Blitz Sets Up Crushing Zimbabwe Win
Masakadza Blitz Sets Up Crushing Zimbabwe Win
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Zimbabwe 329-3 (Masakadza 178no, Mutizwa 55) beat
Kenya 187 (Kamande 37, Mpofu 3-44) by 142 runs

Fifth One-Day International, Harare

Zimbabwe completed a 4-1 series win over Kenya after an unbeaten century from Hamilton Masakadza set them up for a crushing 142-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International in Harare.

Masakadza struck 178 not out in 167 balls as Zimbabwe stormed to 329 for three and in reply, Kenya were bowled out for 187 in the 40th over of their reply.

Masakadza, who earlier in the series hit 156 to guide Zimbabwe home in the opening match, scored his second century of the series and set a new personal best, hitting the Kenyan bowlers for 17 fours and five sixes, an innings that has only been bettered among his countrymen by team-mate Charles Coventry, who struck an unbeaten 194 against Bangladesh earlier in the year.

Coventry has struggled to get anywhere near those heights since, and he fell for 25 but only after Forster Mutizwa had hit 55 and Brendan Taylor 52, both men sharing century stands with Masakadza to give Zimbabwe their highest score of the season and their fourth highest overall.

Nehemiah Odhiambo again proved Kenya's most effective bowler taking two for 56 as his team-mates leaked runs at an alarming rate, nine overs from Lameck Onyango and Alfred Luseno travelling for 81 runs.

Kenya then lost wickets regularly and they quickly fell out of contention as Zimbabwe's spinners again exposed the top order, Ray Price dismissing opener David Obuya (27) and Rakep Patel (8) and Prosper Utseya dismissing Collins Obuya for 22.

Alex Obanda made four and captain Maurice Ouma just seven as Kenya slipped to 85 for five.

From that point, there was no way back although Jimmy Kamande (37) and Thomas Odoyo (24) at least added some respectability to the score with a stand of 57 for the sixth wicket before Christopher Mpofu (3-44) and Graeme Cremer (1-34) finished off the tail in quick order.

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