Zimbabwe Spin Canada To Second World Cup Defeat

Zimbabwe Spin Canada To Second World Cup Defeat
Zimbabwe Spin Canada To Second World Cup Defeat
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Zimbabwe 298-9 (Taibu 98, Ervine 85) beat
Canada 123 (Price 3-16) by 175 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Nagpur
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Half-centuries from Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine and an exhibition of attacking spin bowling laid the foundations for Zimbabwe's comprehensive 175-run win over Canada in their Cricket World Cup Group A game in Nagpur.

Zimbabwe posted 298 for nine before handing Canada a second straight heavy defeat by dismissing them for 123 in 42.1 overs with spinners taking all ten wickets to fall.

Taibu missed a century by two runs, making 98 in 99 balls while Ervine scored 85 as the pair put on 181 for the third wicket.

Zimbabwe slipped to seven for two early on when openers Brendan Taylor (0) and Charles Coventry (4) fell cheaply but Taibu and Ervine, who faced 81 balls and hit six fours and two sixes, got the innings back on track.

Both were later dismissed by Balaji Rao, who returned figures of four for 57, but the innings was given further momentum by Sean Williams (30), Graeme Cremer (26) and Prosper Utseya (22) despite Khurram Chauhan and Harvir Baidwan both taking two wickets.

Canada then failed to build partnerships and lost wickets regularly as Zimbabwe remained in complete control of the contest, led by left-arm spinner Ray Price, who opened the bowling and returned three for 15. He dismissed openers John Davison without scoring and Nitish Kumar for one and also picked up the wicket of captain Ashish Bagai for a golden duck.

Leg-spinner Cremer picked up three for 31 with the wickets of Tyson Gordon (7), Chuahan (8) and finally Rao (1) while there were two wickets apiece for off spinners Greg Lamb (2-29) and Utseya (2-24).

Christopher Mpofu, who opened the bowling alongside Price, was the only quick bowler used by Zimbabwe and he completed just five overs, keeping things tight by conceding only 12 runs.

Top scorer for Canada was Zubin Surkari, who made 26 in 48 balls and their innings contained just ten fours and two maximums.

Both teams lost their first games in the tournament - Canada going down by 210 runs to co-hosts Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe falling 91 runs short of reigning champions Australia.

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