ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 41st match, Group A

Kenya v Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won by 161 runs

10.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, hustles in and bowls a 137.6 kph length delivery that is wisely left alone outside off

10.2

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, gets behind the line of one that bounces extra around middle stump, two-paced nature coming through again, loops in the air on the leg side

10.3

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, he puts it lot off effort but it comes slowly off the pitch outside off stump, left alone

10.4

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, another one left alone outside the off stump

10.5

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, wide outside off stump, he lets it be

10.6

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, sticks to his guns outside off, and this time gets him to stab at it, but the lack of pace in the pitch means it falls short of second slip

Zimbabwe 36/2   T Taibu 0* (6b)

11.3

Ongondo to Taibu, no run, comes forward a long way, but ends up pushing outside the line to one that cuts back in, it is the off-cutter, but he is struck outside the line of off

11.4

Ongondo to Taibu, 1 run, whoa, Taibu zooms down the wicket, pushes one in front of the non-striker, and zips across for the run, mid on had no chance against the little man

Zimbabwe 42/2   T Taibu 1* (8b)

12.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, Tikolo goes for the review to one that nips in to strike Taibu on the pads, but that would have missed leg stump, Nehemiah was interested, umpire Dharmasena had already said not out, replays only confirm that

12.2

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, goes on his toes to guide one past point

12.4

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, lifter outside off stump, come back in off the seam, left alone

12.5

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, Odoyo has a shy at the stumps, and misses, by a long way, Sibanda was almost at Taibu's end in his mad rush for the single, but Taibu sent him back, Odoyo dived at mid on and at the same moment fired in the throw, which is why it was about three feet wide of the stumps

12.6

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, pushed away in to the cover

Zimbabwe 46/2   T Taibu 2* (13b)

13.3

Ongondo to Taibu, FOUR, this outfield is so quick, just seemed a push in the gap at cover, but it beat the fielder to the ropes, he even put in the dive, but to no avail

13.4

Ongondo to Taibu, 1 run, shuffles to work this one away on the leg side

Zimbabwe 52/2   T Taibu 7* (15b 1x4)

14.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, driven off the front foot in to the covers

14.2

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, slaps a length ball to point

14.3

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, opens him up a bit, but he manages to push this length ball to mid off

14.4

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, pushed out towards mid on

14.5

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, stands tall, rides the bounce on this one outside off and punches it nicely to point

14.6

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 wide, tries the bouncer this time, it goes way above the batsman's head

14.6

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, strays on the pads, he picks it down to fine leg

Zimbabwe 55/2   T Taibu 8* (21b 1x4)

15.1

Ngoche to Taibu, 1 run, it's time for those singles down the ground as a tossed up ball it driven to long on

15.4

Ngoche to Taibu, FOUR, the innovator in Taibu quickly comes to the fore, goes down on a knee, lunges forward and helps a turning delivery past short third man with the reverse paddle

15.5

Ngoche to Taibu, 1 run, tries to do so again, but this one is around middle and he awkwardly dabs it away to short third man

Zimbabwe 62/2   T Taibu 14* (24b 2x4)

16.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, short of a length ball doesn't get waist high, played from the crease behind point

16.4

Odhiambo to Taibu, 2 runs, Taibu takes one hand off the bat as he tries to pull, he was too early on the short and the ball lobbed up safely towards midwicket

16.5

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, played off the pads towards midwicket, fuller ball this time

Zimbabwe 67/2   T Taibu 18* (27b 2x4)

17.2

CO Obuya to Taibu, 1 run, much shorter and Taibu pulls powerfully to the man on the square leg boundary

Zimbabwe 70/2   T Taibu 19* (28b 2x4)

18.1

Ngoche to Taibu, no run, bowled on a tight length around off stump. Defended on the front foot

18.2

Ngoche to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu bottom edges the cut towards backward point and sets off

18.5

Ngoche to Taibu, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket

18.6

Ngoche to Taibu, 1 run, turned off the pads through square leg for a single

Zimbabwe 75/2   T Taibu 21* (32b 2x4)

19.1

CO Obuya to Taibu, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

19.2

CO Obuya to Taibu, 2 runs, a bit of width outside off and the batsman moves back to cut through point

19.3

CO Obuya to Taibu, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards cover

Zimbabwe 78/2   T Taibu 24* (35b 2x4)

21.1

CO Obuya to Taibu, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards deep point

21.3

CO Obuya to Taibu, 1 run, looped through the air and Taibu stays in his crease, takes it on the full and drives to long-off

21.5

CO Obuya to Taibu, no run, very short once again, Taibu hits it back towards the bowler and Obuya makes a fine save towards his left

21.6

CO Obuya to Taibu, no run, played towards point

Zimbabwe 97/2   T Taibu 26* (39b 2x4)

22.4

Ngoche to Taibu, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot towards point

22.6

Ngoche to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu pulls the reverse sweep out of his bag and makes terrific contact, he plays that shot rather well

Zimbabwe 104/2   T Taibu 31* (41b 3x4)

23.2

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, played back to the bowler

23.3

Tikolo to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu stays in his crease and nudges the ball off his pads through square

23.5

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, tossed up on off, Taibu strides and defends

23.6

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, cut off the back foot towards extra cover

Zimbabwe 107/2   T Taibu 32* (45b 3x4)

25.1

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, pushed off the back foot towards the bowler

25.2

Tikolo to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu moves back and works the ball towards square

25.6

Tikolo to Taibu, 1 run, dabbed behind point for one more

Zimbabwe 120/2   T Taibu 34* (48b 3x4)

26.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, short of a length, played towards point off the back foot

26.2

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, short of a length again, played from the crease towards the bowler

26.3

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot towards third man

Zimbabwe 121/2   T Taibu 35* (51b 3x4)

27.1

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, tossed up on off and middle, played back to the bowler

27.2

Tikolo to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu backs away towards leg, makes room, and cuts from just outside off through the gap at point, superbly timed and it races away on a fast outfield

27.3

Tikolo to Taibu, no run, Taibu moves back and plays the ball off his pads behind square

27.4

Tikolo to Taibu, FOUR, and again, Taibu makes room and slaps the ball from off stump through cover for four more, placed the ball in front of the fielder on the deep point boundary

27.5

Tikolo to Taibu, 1 run, nudged off the back foot towards square

Zimbabwe 130/2   T Taibu 44* (56b 5x4)

28.1

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, Sibanda would have been run out had there been a direct hit! Taibu dabbed the ball towards cover point and took two steps forward. Sibanda charged for the single and was sent back very late. The fielder at cover point missed at the bowler's end with Sibanda in the middle of the pitch

28.2

Odhiambo to Taibu, no run, short ball and Taibu lets it pass

28.3

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 wide, that's extremely wide down leg side, the slower ball gone wrong

28.3

Odhiambo to Taibu, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut off the back foot towards third man

Zimbabwe 138/2   T Taibu 45* (59b 5x4)

29.1

Otieno to Taibu, OUT, a massive mix-up again and this time Sibanda is run out! Taibu pushed the ball towards cover point and took off down the pitch. He then decided he didn't want to run and backtracked into his crease while looking at the ball the whole time. He didn't see that his partner Sibanda had responded and was haring through for the single. The fielder at cover point ran to the non-striker's end with his arms raised in celebration and took off the bails.

V Sibanda run out 61 (82m 57b 7x4 1x6) SR: 107.01

29.2

Otieno to Taibu, no run, beaten outside the off stump

29.3

Otieno to Taibu, no run, huge appeal for lbw and Asoka de Silva raises the finger. Taibu wants a review. That ball pitched around off and angled sharply into the right-hander. Taibu missed the ball and was hit on the pad. Replays show it would have missed leg stump. Asoka gets another one wrong ...

29.4

Otieno to Taibu, no run, similar ball but this time Taibu gets a stride in and punches towards the bowler

29.5

Otieno to Taibu, FOUR, blasted through cover! Taibu gets on to the front foot and lashes a full ball with a fierce swing of his bat

29.6

Otieno to Taibu, no run, Taibu tries to play the ball behind point but gets a bottom edge into the ground towards the keeper

Zimbabwe 150/3   T Taibu 49* (65b 6x4)

31.1

Otieno to Taibu, no run, good length ball and straight, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

31.2

Otieno to Taibu, no run, loud call on NO, after Taibu pushes the ball off the back foot towards point

31.3

Otieno to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu gets to 50 with a cut that races to the backward point boundary, he brings up 3000 runs in ODIs as well.

31.4

Otieno to Taibu, no run, the slower ball bowled wide outside off, Taibu moves forward and mis-times the drive

31.5

Otieno to Taibu, no run, Taibu stays in his crease and defends a good length ball on the leg side

31.6

Otieno to Taibu, no run, another slower ball on off and middle, defended on the front foot

Zimbabwe 164/3   T Taibu 53* (71b 7x4)

32.2

Ngoche to Taibu, no run, worked off the pads from the crease towards square

32.3

Ngoche to Taibu, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

32.4

Ngoche to Taibu, OUT, that's lbw! Taibu attempts the reverse sweep and misses. The ball hits him rather straight on off and middle line. Umpire Dharmasena raises the finger quickly. Taibu wants a review, but it's futile. That would have hit the middle of middle. Start the car ...

T Taibu lbw b Ngoche 53 (103m 74b 7x4 0x6) SR: 71.62

Zimbabwe 165/4   T Taibu 53 (74b 7x4)

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Mar 20, 2011

Zimbabwe's bowlers backed up their batsmen with an all-round performance, Kenya v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Kolkata, March 20, 2011

Zimbabwe's bowlers backed up their batsmen with an all-round performance

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Mar 20, 2011

Nehemiah Odhiambo resisted Zimbabwe's bowlers with an unbeaten 44, Kenya v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Kolkata, March 20, 2011

Nehemiah Odhiambo resisted Zimbabwe's bowlers with an unbeaten 44

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