Zimbabwe reign in England

Tatenda Taibu's inexperienced Zimbabwe punched well above their weight as they kept a rampaging England under check.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Tatenda Taibu's inexperienced Zimbabwe punched well above their weight as they kept a rampaging England under check in the truncated opening Group D match of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament here today. Put into bat under overcast conditions, England were off to a rousing start before some disciplined bowling pegged them back to 198 for five in 38 overs when heavy drizzles forced suspension of play. Interrupted innings Paul Collingwood on 35 and Geraint Jones on 23 were at the crease when covers came on. Vikram Solanki made 62 off 81 balls with 10 fours. The match began three and a half hours behind the scheduled time due to morning rains and ended an hour and half before cut off time. With provision for reserve days, there was no reduction in the number of overs for each side and play will continue tomorrow from where it halted. Overcast conditions There was nothing gloomy about Zimbabwean cricket today, though, after Taibu won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting England under overcast conditions. Tinashe Panyangara began with seven wides in the first over but Marcus Trescothick played a loose shot against Douglas Hondo to be caught in the slips. Solanki continued from where he left off against the Indians, with spanking drives through the cover and flicking on the on side. Captain Michael Vaughan survived an appeal of leg before off Rainsford's first ball but soon pulled Hondo for two successive sixes. Short-lived cheer That style and elegance, however, short lived as Rainsford induced an edge with a full pitched delivery for a simple catch to Mark Vermuelen. The hundred came in the 16th over as Solanki added 60 runs for the third wicket with Andrew Strauss. But the dismissal of the left handed Strauss, caught by by Taibu while trying to run Rainsford down third man, followed by that of Andrew Flintoff marked the change in tide. The third fifty for England came from 70 balls and the runrate dipped further after the fall of Solanki, leg before to Vusi Sibanda. Collingwood and Jones steadied the innings, adding 39 runs for the unfinished sixth wicket partnership. (PTI)