West Indies vs Zimbabwe 9th Match Hero Cup 1993 Article

Read the article of West Indies vs Zimbabwe 9th Match Hero Cup 1993 - Hero Cup five-nation one-day international tournament of the 9th match played between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad in 21st November 1993.

Bowlers attack after Half-centuries from Desmond Haynes and Roland Holder guided West Indies massive 134-run victory over Zimbabwe and qualify for semi-final in the one-sided game of the ninth match of a Hero Cup five-nation tournament.

WEST INDIES scored 233/9 (50 overs) with top scorer by Desmond Haynes 75 (90) and Roland Holder 50 (87)

Zimbabwe best bowler by Heath Streak 2/44 (10) and John Rennie 2/42 (9)

ZIMBABWE scored 99 for all-out (36.3 overs) with top scorer by Andy Flower 22 (47) and Dave Houghton 22 (48)

West Indies best bowler by Phil Simmon 3/23 (10) and Winston Benjamin 2/13 (6)

This modified article reference from : T. I. E, Author by : N. Jagannath Das

Zimbabwe chasing a stiff target of 234 an asking rate of 4.681, were bundled out for a mere 99 .

The match played on an ideal wicket which had bounce, much to the laking of the West Indian bowlers, Turned out be a one-sided affair, Skipper Andy Flower and veteran Dave Houghton were the only batsman who seemed comfortable against the West Indies attack, scoring 22 each, But once the two were dismissed, it was all over for Zimbabwe.

Man of the Match Desmond Haynes struck total at the right time to make a blistering 75 off 90-balls including 11-fours before he was run out, Young Roland Holder played on only his third One-day international match, Scored an impressive 50, while Roger Harper and Anderson Cummins made 26 each.

Zimbabwe, who had win or elimination match to qualify for the semi-finals, could not find their way against the accurate West Indies pace bowlers, The carribeans with this win, finished with six points, while Zimbabwe had to be satisfied with two points, Sri Lanka also two points, made it to the semi-finals having beaten Zimbabwe.

India and South Africa play the last league match on 22nd November.

West Indies' skipper Richie Richardson's prediction of the wicket as being slow proved wrong according to farmer Test star M.L Jaisimha it turned out to be the best One-day wicket as far in the tournament.

It was a good toss to win for Richie Richardson who preferred to bat first. Desmond Haynes. with a string of scores right from the Sharjah tournament. looked determined on this match. The veteran. with more than 8000 runs and 16 centunes to his credit in one-day international cricket. was a bit apprehensive at the start. But once he found the wicket to his liking. he regaled the 25000-strong crowd with scintillating pulls and cover drives. The Zimbabwe pacemen made the mistake of repeatedly bowling short which Desmond Haynes pulled with disdain. Six of his 11 boundaries came off left-arm medium-pacer David Brain. 

Zimbabwe did start brightly. claiming three quick wickets. The crowd favourite Brian Lara lasted just 18 balls. His half-hearned drive off Brain went into the in beyond the bowler, Heath Streak running in from mid-on. made no mistake. Brian Lara had survived a confident lbw appeal against David Brain two balls earlier.

Streak. who troubled the batsmen with his sharp in-coming deliveries. packed of Phil Simmons (lbw for 01 and Richie Richardson (caught behind for 5). West Indies were three down for 38 off 12 overs.
However. Roland Holder lived up to the expectations of the team management by playing a fine supporting role to Desmond Haynes.

Zimbabweans. who enthralled the Indian crowd with their brilliant fielding, onve again saved at least 20 to 25 runs. But they were a bit unsure at catching. spilling a couple of chances.

Desmond Haynes raced to his 50 off only 64 balls with a straight drive off Eddo Brandes. who came in for Ali Shah, Roland Holder too enjoyed the short stuff of the Zimbabwe bowlers. pulling them with relish. Things began to look up for West Indies at that stage.

One had tne first glimpse of Zimbabwe's accurate and sharp fielding when Grant Flower broke the stumps at the non-striker's end with a throw from point to get rid of Desmond Haynes who went for a cheeky single.

Apart from the cover drives and pulls, Desmond Haynes essayed a stunning reverse pull off Stephen Peall which raced to the point boundary, The partnership realised 92 for the fourth wicket, Roland Holder, who gave two sharp chances at short mid-wicket which only a fielder of Jonty Rhodes' class could have caught. got his well and his stiff drive back to the bowler injured Eddo Brandes' finger. The Zimbabwean left the field in his tenth over and Guy Whittal had to bowl the remainine three bills.

Anderson Cummins' rapid-fire 26 came off just 17 balls. Winston Benjamin hoisted the fast six of the match carting Guy Whittal over deep mid-wicket.

Zimbabwe could never get off confidently as the Benjamins. Kenneth and Winston extracted good lift and pace off the wicket. It was too difficult for the Flower brothers to force the run rate.

Winston Benjamin. the most successtui bowler of the tournament so far along wiith India's Javagal Srinath. Made the first breakthrough at 23 by having Grant Flower caught at second slip by an alert Phil Simmons. Zimbabwe lost the second wicket at the same before When left-hander Alistair Campbell was beaten by sheer pace and was trapped front by Winston.

Zimbabwe's hopes now rested on skipper Andy Flower and Dave Houghton, who in his last match here had blasted 141 off 136 balls. Left-hander Andy Flower hit Kenneth Benjamin inside out to the cover boundary

But his knock was nipped in the bud when his intended push off Kenneth saw Haynes swooping low to take the catch at short covers. Andy Flower made 22 (50-balls including three fours). 

Dave Houghton was tied down by the West Indian attack and Phil Simmons made the most of the chance by grabbing three wickets. With his slow medium-pacer he first dismissed Andy Waller and then took the vital wicket of Dave Houghton when the batsman's intended glance settled in keeper Junior Murray's gloves.

Dave Houghton's 22 came off 48-balls and included two boundaries.

David Brain was the third victim of Phil Simmons when he defended awkwardly to a ball which rose from a good length and the resultant catch was taken confidently by Roger Harper at short cover.

Guy Whittal tried to drive Roger Harper and was held at long on while Anderson Cummins. in the first over of his second spell. captured the wickets of Stephen Peall and John Rennie to signal the end of Zimbabwe innings.

The injured Eddo Brandes playing in his first match of the tournament. could not bat.



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