Windies, Zimbabwe record huge wins

Roach hat trick gives Windies massive win over the Netherlands, after Zimbabwe routed Canada early in the day.

    Zimbabwean spinner Ray Price (left) finished with figures of 3-16, leading the rout of Canada's batsmen [Reuters]

    Zimbabwe and the West Indies have both cruised through their matches against minnows Canada and the Netherlands respectively, posting crushing wins in the day's cricket World Cup matches.

    In Monday's first match, an assured 98 from Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwean captain, and a devastating spell of left-arm spin from Ray Price left Canada at the wrong end of a 175-run defeat in Group A.

    Having set Canada a daunting 299 for victory, Zimbabwe made sure they maintained their perfect record against the North Americans by skittling them out for just 123.

    Price removed John Davison (0), Nitish Kumar (1) and Ashish Bagai (0) to leave the Canadians reeling on seven for three, and they never recovered from the setback.

    Facing a required run rate of almost 6 per over from the outset, the Canadians could only manage a sedate start, crawling to just 14 off the first 10 overs.

    "With the ball, things went really well. I wouldn't mind taking that wicket around with me, it's fun to bowl on," grinned Price, who finished with figures of 3-16 and was handed the new ball at the start of the Canadian innings.

    Earlier in the day, man-of-the-match Taibu hit 98 of 99 balls, with Craig Ervine (85) providing him with adequate support to rescue their side from a terrible start.

    Elton Chigumbura, the Zimbabwean captain was buoyed by the win, suggesting that his side could go all the way to the semi-finals in the tournament.

    Reaching the second round, let alone the semis, may be a step too far for Zimbabwe, given that they are grouped with world champions Australia (who they have, however, beaten at a World Cup before), Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

    Roach inspires big win

    Meanwhile, in New Delhi, West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach inspired his side to a 215-run win over the Netherlands, having bagged a hattrick in the process.

    Roach finished with figures of 6-27 from 8.3 overs, with his last three deliveries mopping up the Dutch tail and handing him the first hattrick of this year's World Cup. Roach is the first West Indian to record the feat at a World Cup.

    Set a huge 331 to chase, the Netherlands never looked in contention, and finally folded all out for 115, in just 31.3 overs.

    Chris Gayle (80), Devon Smith (53) and Kieron Pollard (60 off just 27 balls) all helped to set up the massive West Indian total in what was a consistent batting performance from the top order against often wayward Dutch bowling.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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