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1st Match, West Indies v Zimbabwe, Coca Cola Cup, Statistical Highlights

  • It was the 1727th ODI in cricket history.

  • It was West Indies' 425th and Zimbabwe's 185th match.

  • It was the 16th match between these two sides. The record now reads: West Indies 12,Zimbabwe 4.

  • West Indies was playing for the first time on Zimbabwean soil.

  • Umpires Kevin Barbour and Russell Tiffin were officiating in their seventh and 31st match respectively.

  • Zimbabwe was without the services of Andy Flower for the first time since 1991-92 World Cup game against Sri Lanka at New Plymouth. Andy had played in all the 172 one-day internationals and 52 Tests -- every match that Zimbabwe played since he made his international debut. His sequence of 172 consecutive matches is second only to India's Sachin Tendulkar who played 185 matches without a break in between 1989 and 1998. Former South African captain Hansie Cronje is third on this list playing in 162 successive matches before his career ended in disgrace in March last year. The accompanying table lists the players with most consecutive matches in a career :

  • Tatenda Taibu, while becoming 64th player to represent Zimbabwe in shorter form of the game,also became the second youngest Zimbabwean to make ODI Debut at the age of 18 years and 40 days. Only Mluleki Nkala has played ODI cricket at a younger age than Taibu for Zimbabwe. Nkala was 17 years 179 days old on debut (v India at Bulawayo QC on September 27,1998).

  • Taibu also became the youngest wicketkeeper in all ODIs. The previous record was on the name of Pakistani Javed Qadeer who was 18 years and 229 days old on his debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on April 11,1995.

  • Grant Flower was captaining Zimbabwe for the first time in his career. He became seventh player to captain Zimbabwe in One-Day Internationals.

  • Grant Flower's chance to captain Zimbabwe time came in his 155th match. Only two players- Australia's Steve Waugh and West Indian Desmond Haynes - have appeared in more matches than Grant without captaining their respective sides. The accompanying table lists the players who captained their sides very late in their careers :

  • The partnership of 113 runs between Darren Ganga and Chris Gayle was the first for West Indies for the opening wicket in 35 matches. The last century partnership for the first wicket for West Indies had come against New Zealand at Auckland on January 2,2000 when Sherwin Campbell and Ridley Jacobs added 111 runs.

  • Alistair Campbell now has an aggregate of 362 runs from 13 matches against West Indiesmaximum for Zimbabwe. Campbell surpassed Andy Flower's tally of 329 runs from 13 matches.

  • Cameron Cuffy was winning his second Man of the Match award in 27th match. Interestingly his only other award had come in the previous game for West Indies (v South Africa at Arnos Vale on May 16,2001).