NAGPUR, Feb 28 (PTI): Tatenda Taibu missed out on his maiden World Cup century by two runs but his superb run-a-ball knock helped Zimbabwe crush Canada by 175 runs in a Group A match here today.
Former captain Taibu added 181 runs for the third wicket with Craig Ervine to lay the foundation of Zimbabwe innings after batting first in the match touted as the �Battle of Minnows� at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground at Jamtha.
Zimbabwe then shot out Canada for just 123 in 42.1 overs with left-arm spinner Raymond Price taking three wickets for just 16 runs from his eight overs. Another leg-spinner Graeme Cremer also returned with figures of 3/31 as Canada failed to negotiate Zimbabwe slow bowlers.
Price sent back three top-order Canadian batsmen with less than 10 runs on the board. Victory was a mere formality for Zimbabwe from there on. Cremer polished off the tail as Zimbabwe scored an easy win.
Canadian batsmen never showed any intent of trying to make a match out of it and it was all over within 10 overs of their run chase. Their spineless display seemingly gave justification for ICC to curtail the number of teams to 10 in the nest edition of 50-over World Cup.
Price first dismissed John Davison (0) who was bowled while trying to mindlessly come down the track even before getting set. 16-year-old Nitish Kumar (1), who became the youngest player to make his World Cup debut, was caught by Price off his own bowling.
Taylor lbw b Chohan 0
Coventry lbw b Baidwan 4
Taibuc Davison b Rao 98
Ervine c Bagai b Rao 85
Chigumbura c Bagai b Cheema 5
Williamsc Bagain b Rao 30
Lamb b Rao 11
Utseya c Hansra b Chohan 22
Cremer b Baidwan 26
Price not out 10
Mpofu not out 3
Extras: (LB-2, W-1, NB-1) 4
Total: (For 9 wkts in 50 overs) 298
Fall of wickets: 1/0 2/7 3/188 4/193 5/201 6/219 7/240 8/281 9/284.
Bowling: Khurram Chohan 10-0-44-2, Harvir Baidwan 9-0-47-2, Jimmy Hansra 4-0-41-0, Rizwan Cheema 9-0-51-1, Balaji Rao 10-0-57-4, John Davison 8-0-56-0.
Davison b Price 0
Nitish c and b Price 1
Gunasekera b Lamb 24
Bagai c Williams b Price 0
Hansra st Taibu b Utseya 20
Cheema c Cremer b Utseya 14
Surkari st Taibu b Lamb 26
Gordon lbw b Cremer 7
Chohan lbw b Cremer 8
Baidwan not out 13
Rao b Cremer 1
Extras: (W-9) 9
Total: (All out in 42.1 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1/1 2/7 3/7 4/50 5/50 6/66 7/78 8/97 9/122.
Bowling: Mpofu 5-1-12-0, Price 8-4-16-3, Utseya 7-0-24-2, Lamb 8-0-29-2, Cremer 9.1-1-31-3, Williams 5-0-11-0.