Nagpur: Tatenda Taibu missed out on his maiden World Cup century by two runs but his superb run-a-ball knock helped Zimbabwe crush Canada by 175 runs in a Group A match here today.
Former captain Taibu added 181 runs for the third wicket with Craig Ervine to lay the foundation of Zimbabwe innings after batting first in the match touted as the ‘Battle of Minnows’ at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground at Jamtha.
Zimbabwe then shot out Canada for just 123 in 42.1 overs with left-arm spinner Raymond Price taking three wickets for just 16 runs from his eight overs. Another leg-spinner Graeme Cremer also returned with figures of 3/31 as Canada failed to negotiate Zimbabwe slow bowlers.
Price sent back three top-order Canadian batsmen with less than 10 runs on the board. Victory was a mere formality for Zimbabwe from there on.