Taylor’s heroic propels Zimbabwe to 287 against India
NEW DELHI: Brendan Taylor perhaps played an innings of his life as he notched up 8th ODI century to help Zimbabwe post 287 against India in ICC World Cup 2015 Pool B match on Saturday.
Taylor ended his Zimbabwe’s career in style as he blasted his way to 138 off 110 balls studded with 15 fours and five sixes. Taylor also became the Zimbabwe’s highest century-maker in ODIs, surpassing Alistair Campbell’s seven tons record.
After opting to bowl, India got off to good start as Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami struck in successive overs to remove Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha respectively and reduce Zimbabwe to 13/2 in 4.3 overs.
Mohit Sharma added to Zimbabwe’s woes as he dismissed Solomon Mire cheaply to put India on top.
Taylor staged a spirited fightback for Zimbabwe and had two brilliant partnerships with Sean Williams and Craig Ervine and helped his team post the best total so far against India in this World Cup.
Zimbabwe lost the momentum after Taylor’s dismissal at 235/5 and were bowled out for 287 in 48.5 overs.
India are currently on a roll in the tournament as they have practically crushed most of their oppositions save the West Indies, which at the most gave them a scare during the group league game at the WACA in Perth.
The match against Zimbabwe is an inconsequential affair in terms of statistics but a chance to complete an all-win record is something that the ‘Men in Blue’ would like to take with them before the business end of the global event starts.