ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 41st match, Group A

Kenya v Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won by 161 runs

0.4

Ongondo to Taylor, FOUR, he's had enough of a look, realised there is not much pace off the pitch, waited for this one to arrive and then crashed it past cover

Zimbabwe 4/0   BRM Taylor 4* (4b 1x4)   PJ Ongondo 0.4-0-4-0

1.2

Otieno to Taylor, FOUR, well, this deserved to be put away, three feet outside off, and short on top of that, Taylor rocked back and cut it fiercely past point, no one moved

Zimbabwe 9/0   BRM Taylor 9* (8b 2x4)   E Otieno 0.2-0-4-0

4.6

Ongondo to Taylor, FOUR, this time he will get what he wants, this one wan angled in fuller on the stumps, and he used the angle neatly, flicking high in the air over midwicket, and the ball trickled in to the ropes to beat the man chasing it

Zimbabwe 19/0   BRM Taylor 15* (23b 3x4)   PJ Ongondo 3-0-13-0

6.4

Ongondo to Chakabva, FOUR, lovely drive, gets forward, covers for the away movement by staying slightly beside the line and opens the face to drive in the gap at cover, Nehemiah goes charging after the ball, but it has too much of a headstart

Zimbabwe 24/0   RW Chakabva 8* (15b 1x4)   PJ Ongondo 3.4-0-17-0

7.1

Otieno to Taylor, FOUR, 134.7 kph full delivery, Taylor has had enough of convention, swipes across the line, and gets enough on it to get it past the non-striker and down the ground

Zimbabwe 28/0   BRM Taylor 19* (26b 4x4)   E Otieno 3.1-0-11-0

9.3

Otieno to Taylor, FOUR, too full and angled in on leg stump, he works it away neatly and short midwicket had no chance once it got past him

Zimbabwe 36/1   BRM Taylor 26* (35b 5x4)   E Otieno 4.3-0-18-0

11.1

Ongondo to Sibanda, FOUR, and is right away dispatched through extra cover, very full outside off, got to the pitch, leaned in to the drive, and got it in the gap, then the outfield took over

Zimbabwe 40/2   V Sibanda 4* (3b 1x4)   PJ Ongondo 4.1-0-21-0

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

Zimbabwe 51/2   T Taibu 6* (14b 1x4)   PJ Ongondo 5.3-0-27-0

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

Zimbabwe 61/2   T Taibu 13* (23b 2x4)   JO Ngoche 0.4-0-6-0

19.5

CO Obuya to Sibanda, FOUR, strays down leg and Sibanda gets down on one knee and sweeps fine for four

Zimbabwe 82/2   V Sibanda 19* (26b 2x4)   CO Obuya 1.5-0-9-0

20.2

Ngoche to Sibanda, FOUR, width offered outside off and Sibanda cuts deftly off the back foot. This outfield is so quick the ball speeds to the third-man boundary

Zimbabwe 87/2   V Sibanda 24* (29b 3x4)   JO Ngoche 2.2-0-16-0

20.6

Ngoche to Sibanda, FOUR, fuller length on middle and leg, flicked firmly off the front foot through midwicket where a mis-field on the boundary allows four. Shoddy work

Zimbabwe 93/2   V Sibanda 30* (33b 4x4)   JO Ngoche 3-0-22-0

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)   JO Ngoche 4-0-29-0

24.1

Ngoche to Sibanda, FOUR, that's rubbish, a long hop outside leg stump, Sibanda swivels and pulls towards the long-leg boundary

Zimbabwe 111/2   V Sibanda 40* (42b 5x4)   JO Ngoche 4.1-0-33-0

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

Zimbabwe 125/2   T Taibu 39* (53b 4x4)   SO Tikolo 2.2-0-12-0

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

Zimbabwe 129/2   T Taibu 43* (55b 5x4)   SO Tikolo 2.4-0-16-0

28.5

Odhiambo to Sibanda, FOUR, that's poor, with fine leg in the circle. Leg stump line at gentle pace, Sibanda glances the ball fine and helps himself to four easy runs

Zimbabwe 142/2   V Sibanda 57* (56b 6x4 1x6)   NN Odhiambo 6.5-1-20-1

28.6

Odhiambo to Sibanda, FOUR, edged and that's just wide of the wicketkeeper. Sibanda was looking to cut a short of a length ball and ended up edging it to third man

Zimbabwe 146/2   V Sibanda 61* (57b 7x4 1x6)   NN Odhiambo 7-1-24-1

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

Zimbabwe 150/3   T Taibu 49* (64b 6x4)   E Otieno 5.5-0-22-1

30.4

Ngoche to Ervine, FOUR, short ball down leg side and Ervine glances the ball off his pads past the fielder at short fine leg

Zimbabwe 156/3   CR Ervine 6* (4b 1x4)   JO Ngoche 5.4-0-43-0

30.6

Ngoche to Ervine, FOUR, Ervine pushes forward to defend and gets an edge that falls short of first slip and beats the fielder and runs to the third-man boundary

Zimbabwe 160/3   CR Ervine 10* (6b 2x4)   JO Ngoche 6-0-47-0

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.

Zimbabwe 164/3   T Taibu 53* (68b 7x4)   E Otieno 6.3-0-26-1

37.1

Ongondo to Ervine, FOUR, tries the bouncer, it sits up meekly, he goes for a languid, almost casual pull, the ball takes the top edge and flies backward of square leg and rolls in to the boundary

Zimbabwe 182/4   CR Ervine 20* (20b 3x4)   PJ Ongondo 7.1-0-35-0

38.1

Ngoche to Ervine, FOUR, gets half-forward to a delivery turning across him, opens the face at the last moment and gets it past short third man who dives in vain

Zimbabwe 189/4   CR Ervine 27* (24b 4x4)   JO Ngoche 9.1-0-62-1

38.2

Ngoche to Ervine, FOUR, lovely little reverse paddle, from leg stump too, slightly fuller and turning in, he reaches out and wristily turns it comfortably past short third man, too fine for him to bother chasing it

Zimbabwe 193/4   CR Ervine 31* (25b 5x4)   JO Ngoche 9.2-0-66-1

39.6

Tikolo to Chigumbura, FOUR, goes for the sweep to one turning down leg stump, gets a top edge that has short fine leg interested for a moment, but not after it flies way over his head

Zimbabwe 204/4   E Chigumbura 9* (20b 1x4)   SO Tikolo 5-0-33-0

42.3

Ongondo to Chigumbura, FOUR, waits on the back foot for this shortish one to come on, swivels and pulls it over midwicket

Zimbabwe 225/4   E Chigumbura 22* (26b 2x4 1x6)   PJ Ongondo 8.3-0-43-0

43.3

Tikolo to Chigumbura, FOUR, takes this one on the half volley, and goes through with the drive, mid off helps by running across and diving over the ball

Zimbabwe 233/4   E Chigumbura 27* (29b 3x4 1x6)   SO Tikolo 6.3-0-42-0

44.5

Odhiambo to Ervine, FOUR, what does the bowler do? what can he do? Ervine goes across the stumps, and turns a length ball from way outside off stump, paddles it to the fine leg boundary, that will be his 50

Zimbabwe 247/4   CR Ervine 51* (46b 6x4 1x6)   NN Odhiambo 8.5-1-42-1

44.6

Odhiambo to Ervine, FOUR, 101.1 kph slower one, he waits for it, and picks the gap perfectly past extra cover with the drive, Kenya can't stop the runs

Zimbabwe 251/4   CR Ervine 55* (47b 7x4 1x6)   NN Odhiambo 9-1-46-1

45.2

Otieno to Ervine, FOUR, and he walks outside the off stump, takes this length ball from a couple of pace down the track, and lifts it over midwicket

Zimbabwe 256/4   CR Ervine 59* (48b 8x4 1x6)   E Otieno 7.2-0-30-1

45.4

Otieno to Ervine, FOUR, Ervine is getting way outside off stump repeatedly, and hurting Kenya, he brings out the lap shot now, scrambles in the end but manages to pick it wide of short fine leg from outside off stump

Zimbabwe 260/4   CR Ervine 63* (50b 9x4 1x6)   E Otieno 7.4-0-34-1

47.3

Otieno to Lamb, FOUR, lovely drive from Lamb, got forward to ease this fuller one in to the gap between sweeper cover and long off, both of whom gave up early

Zimbabwe 275/5   GA Lamb 4* (2b 1x4)   E Otieno 8.3-0-41-1

49.2

Otieno to Utseya, FOUR, another one, almost carries over the ropes, skips down the track, adjusts to one on the leg stump, and lifts it on one leg and past deep midwicket, brings up the 300 too

Zimbabwe 298/6   P Utseya 11* (3b 1x4 1x6)   E Otieno 9.2-0-52-2

49.3

Otieno to Utseya, FOUR, Kenya have nowhere to hide now, Utseya has charged down and blasted this one down the ground and over the bowler's head

Zimbabwe 302/6   P Utseya 15* (4b 2x4 1x6)   E Otieno 9.3-0-56-2

49.4

Otieno to Utseya, FOUR, that is some of the finest pieces of work on a cricket field, he had bent the knee, looking to go over fine leg with the scoop, but realised it was too much outside off for that, and just twirled the wrists to turn the face of the bat, and got the ball neatly past the keeper

Zimbabwe 306/6   P Utseya 19* (5b 3x4 1x6)   E Otieno 9.4-0-60-2

Photos

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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