Zimbabwe A steamroll Canada

HARARE - All-rounders Chamu Chibhabha and Tawanda Mupariwa raised their hands to be counted on the last minute and adding headache to the selectors on the eve of the World Cup squad announcement here yesterday.

Zimbabwe A hammered the visiting Canadian side by 111 runs after batting first and making 287-8. The North Americans totalled 176-6 in 50 overs.

Opener Chibhabha was the first to throw his name in the hat with a 146-ball 155 runs as Zimbabwe A totalled 287-8 in their allotted 50 overs in the first one-day match.

Stuart Matsikenyeri, the returning batsman, was out for 50 from 65 balls while Timycen Maruma’s 35 was the team’s third highest contribution with the bat.

Matabeleland Tuskers seamers Mupariwa also gave the selectors a positive headache with a polished bowling display as the selectors deliberated in the Chairman’s Enclosure during the match.

He ended the match a wicket shy of a five-for, giving away just 31 runs from his 10 overs spell.

“It wasn’t easy batting on this surface considering that it had been raining continuously during the past week,” Chibhabha told the Daily News after the match.

“Most importantly there was a lot of pressure with the World Cup squad due to be announced but I’m glad I did hang around on the crease and managed to convert the innings into a respectable score. After this it all boils down to the selectors on whether I do fit in their plans.”

Canada won the toss and elected to field and were rewarded as early as the fourth over when Cephas Zhuwao was caught for 16 off the bowling of Cecil Pervez.

Left-hander Ryan Burl departed for 10 in the 19th over before Matsikenyeri and Chibhabha starred in a 119-run partnership for the third wicket.

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