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Who would have predicted that: Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza lets his hair down with stroke-filled 178*

Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza
Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Hamilton Masakadza made his international debut against West Indies in 2001 and went on to play until 2019. Masakadza also captained Zimbabwe in his career which spanned just one year short of two decades.

Zimbabwe had already taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series against Kenya. While the team had convincingly won the first, second and the fourth ODIs, Kenya powered through in the third ODI. If you were looking in a review for the equivalent to betting on horse racing online, you would have been studying the form and going for the favourite to win.


Match Summary


Zimbabwe 329/3 (50 overs) - Hamilton Masakadza* 178 (167), Forster Mutizwa 55 (65); Nehemiah Odhiambo 2/56 (8), Jimmy Kamande 1/63 (10)

Kenya 187(39.3 overs) - Jimmy Kamande 37 (63), David Obuya 27 (17); Chris Mpofu 3/44 (7), Ray Price 2/15 (7)

Result - Zimbabwe won by 142 runs


In the last match of the series, Hamilton Masakadza, with nothing to lose, decided to let his hair down. Batting first, Masakadza and Forster Mutizwa reached the 125-run mark by the 25th over.

Brendan Taylor provided the perfect foil for Masakadza as the opener brought up his century. Masakadza had already scored his second century and his then best of 156 in the first ODI against Kenya. He went on to better it with unbeaten 178.

It was his third ODI century and the second-best score by a batsman in ODIs for Zimbabwe. The knock was studded with 17 fours and 4 sixes and was played at a strike rate of 106.59.


Fall of wickets: 1-127 (Forster Mutizwa, 25.1 ov), 2-229 (Brendan Taylor, 41.3 ov), 3-311 (Charles Coventry, 48.6 ov)


As expected, Kenya buckled under the scoreboard board pressure and were bowled out for 187 in 40th over with Chris Mpofu and Ray Price among the wickets for Zimbabwe.

Masakadza's knock came the same year in which Charles Coventry equalled Saeed Anwar's record of the highest score in ODIs of 194. Masakadza's 156 remains the second-highest ODI score by a Zimbabwe batsman.


Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Alex Obanda, 1.3 ov), 2-48 (David Obuya, 4.5 ov), 3-59 (Rakep Patel, 6.4 ov), 4-84 (Collins Obuya, 13.1 ov), 5-85 (Morris Ouma, 14.1 ov), 6-142 (Thomas Odoyo, 29.5 ov), 7-149 (Jimmy Kamande, 31.1 ov), 8-149 (Lameck Onyango, 31.6 ov), 9-182 (Nehemiah Odhiambo, 37.1 ov), 10-187 (Alfred Luseno, 39.3 ov)




Zimbabwe - Hamilton Masakadza, Forster Mutizwa, Brendan Taylor (wk), Charles Coventry, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Trevor Garwe, Malcolm Waller, Prosper Utseya (c), Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu 

Kenya - David Obuya (wk), Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Rakep Patel, Morris Ouma (c), Jimmy Kamande, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Lameck Onyango, Hiren Varaiya, Alfred Luseno


Match Details


Match: ZIM v KEN, 5th ODI, Kenya in Zimbabwe ODI Series 

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009 

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare 

Umpires: Kevan Barbour, Nadir Shah 

Match Referee: Alan Hurst 



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