Taibu and Ervine Rescue Zimbabwe

In a clash between the tournaments two whipping boys, Zimbabwe looked as if they were going to suffer a bad case of stage-fright in front of a rather empty Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium as they were reduced to seven for two.

Taibu and Ervine’s patient effort helped them to finish on 298-9.

Canada’s Khurram Chohan struck with the first ball of the match when he had Brendan Taylor trapped lbw, a verdict that was confirmed by the review system.

The Canadians shouts once again echoed around the 40,000-seater arena when Charles Coventry fell lbw to Harvir Baidwan in the fourth over, leaving Zimbabwe facing an uphill task to post a respectable total against a team of part-timers.

But once Taibu (98 from 99 balls) and Ervine (85 off 81 balls) came to the crease, they steadied the innings with an 181-run partnership for the third wicket by playing some smart cricket.

Ervine was dismissed when he offered an inside edge to wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai while Taibu fell attempting a slog-sweep to bring up his century. However, his mis-timed effort, also off Balaji Rao, went straight to John Davison at deep midwicket.

Rao finished with four for 57.

Both teams are seeking their first win in this tournament as Zimbabwe were hammered by world champions Australia, while Canada lost heavily to co-hosts Sri Lanka in their opening matches. Reuters