Zimbabwe extend lead in second tie


Published on 29/01/2009

By Oscar Pilipili and Cricinfo

Zimbabwe beat Kenya by a massive 151 runs to take a 2-0 lead after the second match of their five one-dayers, in Mombasa.

It was yet another dominant batting display against Kenya as the tourists powered to 350-7 in 50 overs.

Chasing a winning target of 351, Kenya batting order collapsed at 200 all out with 29 balls remaining in the second innings. Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first at Mombasa Sports Club. Stuart Matsikenyeri provided the major contribution in the top order with a well-paced, career-best 89 and found strong support from Malcolm Waller who hit his maiden ODI half-century with 63 runs.

Provided fireworks

But for the second game running it was Elton Chigumbura who provided the real fireworks with a 29-ball 68.

It was the first time Zimbabwe had passed 300 in consecutive ODI innings and they went beyond their previous best team effort of 340-2, set against Namibia in 2003. Chigumbura’s late assault, where he found the boundary at will against an attack that had lost all confidence, made the difference between a handsome total and a record one.

He reached fifty off 22 balls, the second fastest by a Zimbabwean behind Doug Marillier, taking a combined 46 off the 48th and 49th overs bowled by Peter Ong’ondo and Nehemiah Odhiambo. Matsikenyeri and Waller combined in a fourth-wicket stand of 105 in 13 overs to give the innings a crucial push.

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