Zimbabwe followed up their excellent Twenty20 win on Sunday by beating West Indies by two runs in a tense first one-day international in Guyana.
It was Shingirai Masakadza in his first game for Zimbabwe that took two wickets in the final over to help Zimbabwe to the win. The West Indies, chasing 255 for victory, needed 15 off the final over with three wickets in hand but Masakadza bowled Dwayne Smith (4) and Sulieman Benn was caught at midwicket next ball.
With the hosts requiring four off the final ball, Masakadza bowled a yorker to Kemar Roach who could only pick up a single to give Zimbabwe a 1-0 lead in the five-match series,
The West Indies run chase got off to a good but slow start with Ray Price bowling well, but captain Chris Gayle (57) and Adrian Barath (50) had a 99-run opening partnership before four wickets fell for 66 runs.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul steadied the West Indies and put them within sight of victory with a quick-fire 70 before being caught off the bowling of Masakadza, younger brother of Zimbabwe opener Hamilton.
Zimbabwe’s Vusi Sibanda fell five runs short of his century in 162-ball innings that included five fours and a six as the visitors reached 254 for five in their 50 overs. Hamilton Masakadza chipped in with 41 before wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu smashed 56 off only 54 balls.
The second ODI is in Guyana on Saturday 6th March 2010.
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including “A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides” by Jonty Winch who traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
Zimbabwe Cricket Books on Amazon.com
At the moment Amazon UK don’t have as wide selection as the US site, but I have ordered books from the US and had them delivered to the UK with no problems.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk