Zimbabwe XI v Kenya, Intercontinental Cup, Kwekwe, 4th day October 10, 2009

Superb Sibanda takes Zimbabwe home

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Zimbabwe XI 352 and 238 for 5 (Sibanda 116*, Chibhabha 64) beat Kenya 333 and 254 by five wickets
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Vusi Sibanda completed a monumental performance against Kenya with a match-winning 116 to go alongside his first-innings 209. After opening first time around he dropped down to No. 4 in the run chase and guide the Zimbabwe XI home by five wickets after a shaky start.

Kenya sniffed an opportunity after reducing Zimbabwe to 24 for 2 in the sixth over with the early wickets of new opening pair Friday Kasteni and Shingirai Masakadza. However, Sibanda strode in to once again provide the backbone for the home side.

The match was virtually decided by the third wicket stand of 166 that he and Chamu Chibhabha (64) added in 42 overs. There was a mini wobble when Chibhabha was leg before to Hiren Varaiya as three wickets fell for 23, but while Sibanda was at the crease Zimbabwe were in control.

Sibanda closed down the chase alongside Forster Mutizwa as Zimbabwe claimed their first victory of the campaign and a full hand of 20 points. Kenya, meanwhile, had nothing to show for their efforts having also conceded a first-innings lead but remain second the table, six points behind Scotland.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient For Against
Scotland 2 1 0 0 1 0 29 0.908 664/34 860/40
Kenya 3 1 1 0 1 0 23 1.138 1842/51 1650/52
Zimbabwe XI 2 1 0 0 1 0 23 1.131 1386/34 1225/34
Afghanistan 2 1 0 0 1 0 23 1.017 954/33 1109/39
Netherlands 2 0 1 0 1 0 15 0.850 775/38 912/38
Ireland 2 0 0 0 2 0 12 1.181 1133/37 856/33
Canada 3 0 2 0 1 0 3 0.769 1383/59 1525/50