Cricket World Cup 2011

Taibu misses out on CWC ton

2011-02-28 09:56
Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu. (AFP)

Nagpur - Tatenda Taibu missed out a maiden Cricket World Cup century by just two runs as Zimbabwe recovered from a shaky start to post a challenging 298/9 against Canada in Nagpur on Monday.

The former captain cracked an impressive 98, putting on 181 runs for the third wicket with Craig Ervine (85) after the African side lost two wickets for seven runs.

Zimbabwe elected to bat but had a torrid start as Khurram Chohan trapped Brendan Taylor lbw off the first delivery of the match and Harvir Baidwan dismissed Charles Coventry for four.

But Canada had to wait nearly 28 overs for their next success as Taibu and Ervine applied themselves, dominating the attack.

India-born leg-spinner Balaji Rao broke the partnership when he had Ervine caught behind, but not before the batsman had smashed two sixes and six fours in an 81-ball knock for his second half-century in one-day internationals.

Rao finished with a career-best 4-57 off 10 overs.

Taibu looked set to complete his third one-day hundred before slog-sweeping Rao to John Davison at deep mid-wicket after hitting nine fours in his 99-ball knock.

"I wasn't really thinking about getting to 100. I was really thinking about the position of the team," said Taibu.

When asked about the team's score, he said: "We're quite happy. That was our target in the morning, to get around 290/300 and anything past that was a bonus so I back the bowlers to come out and do the job."

Sixteen-year-old Canadian schoolboy Nitish Kumar earlier made history when he became the youngest-ever World Cup player at 16 years and 283 days.

Zimbabwe lost to defending champions Australia while Canada were beaten by Sri Lanka in their opening Group A matches.


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Cricket World Cup 2011

The day Aussies went 'soft'?

2011-04-01 07:37

Newly appointed Michael Clarke seems to represent a seismic change to Australian cricket captaincy characteristics. Read More


Who would you like to see named as the next Proteas' coach?


Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.