Taylor inspires Zimbabwe to a comprehensive win
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 7th June 2010
Brendon Taylor scored his second ODI century to inspire Zimbabwe to their third win of the tournament. The right-hander is in the form of his life and his knock with the bat ensured that the hosts reached the stipulated target with 2.1 overs to spare.
Zimbabwe had earlier won the toss and elected to field first. That decision seemed to backfire as the Lankan openers Tharanga and Dilshan set off like a runaway train. The openers put the Zimbabwean bowlers to the sword as they found the boundaries at regular intervals. The openers added 122 in 20.2 overs before Dilshan was stumped of Utseya. It was the breakthrough that the hosts required as the runs were strangulated and wickets were prised out cheaply. The runs had come easily with skipper Dilshan at the crease but once again the motley group of spinners did the trick for the Zimbabwean side.
From 122 for 1 in 20.2 overs the Lankans slipped to 236 all out in 47.5 overs adding just 114 runs while losing the remaining 9 wickets.
The Zimbabwean side in reply got off to a false start as they lost Masakadza early. But Taylor in the company of Chibhabha added 134 in 27.2 overs to give some life to the Zimbabwean innings. When compared to the other knocks that Taylor played in the tournament this was a quiet one but an efficient one. Once Chibhabha departed Taylor found the company of Taibu and the duo ensured that the target was achieved with no hiccups.