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Zim takes 2-0 lead over Kenya …

This is pretty much what everyone had expected. I am personally quite disappointed in Kenya still being a one trick pony relying on Tikolo.

Some things need to be kept in perspective. Zim thrashing Kenya does not necessarily mean that Zim is much higher than the associates. Zim should play Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands and Canada to see whether they can do so consistently against higher ranked associates than Kenya or not. Personally I think the ICC missed a trick when they did not get Afghanistan to play ODIs against Zim when the toured for the Intercontinental cup.

For Zim, their batting is quite strong, even in the absense of Taibu. It was their pace bowling that was weak, but they seem to have found a good quickie in Jarvis.

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  1. October 15, 2009 at 4:22 am

    In the 3rd ODI, so far, Kenya had a great start, but have since then faltered. It looks like Zim will take this one as well. My thinking is that Zim would take the series 5-0.

  2. October 15, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Ahhh….. foot in mouth disease …… kenya win this one….. Zimbabwe now have some thinking to do ….. well played Kenya!

  3. October 17, 2009 at 4:32 am

    4th ODI, kenya batting well to reach 270, despite tikolo failing again. Game balanced well ….. if Kenya make it 2-2, it would be a big big achievement…..

  4. Chris
    October 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Zimbabwe stroll home to take the series 3-1 with only one match left. Kenya need to win that one if they want to show that they aren’t Zimbabwe’s punching bag.

    Given how the main Zimbabwe players in Taylor, Vermuelen, Utseya, Williams, Taylor, Taibu, Mutziwa and so on have performed in the ODI series, one has to wonder just how badly Kenya would have been beaten if those guys were in the Zimbabwe XI intercontinental cup squad. It seems entirely possible that Zimbabwe XI might have taken the match by an innings with a day to spare.

    The Zim XI-Afghanistan match might also have been a different story if they didn’t just have Taibu and Masakadza in it.

    By the way Nasir, I know this is off topic but what was the point of Bermuda being in Intercontinental Shield? They lost easily to Uganda inside of 3 days out of a 4-day match and then lost the one day match. They seem prime to end up at the bottom of the Shield table. I can’t imagine what Namibia are going to do to them. And poor Namibia should really be in the intercontinental cup – they could have done it I think, it would only be 8 teams and as it is there seems to be LONG gaps between intercontinental cup matches with 7 teams as it is now anyway.

  5. October 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Zim beat Kenya in 4th ODI, but I think Kenya would not be too upset about their effort. This was still better than the thrashings they had in the first 2 games.

    Overall, I mentioned before as well, Zimbabwe full team might be too strong for some of the associates. Its also an unfair comparison I think given that Zimbabwe gets Test team funds. But still I think they should have played in that tournament. The associates need to play stronger teams than themselves, and if Zimbabwe is the stronger team, then they should play.

    Things might not be so rosy for Zimbabwe if they are playing in English conditions against Ireland, Scotland or Netherlands.

    • Chris
      October 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      “Things might not be so rosy for Zimbabwe if they are playing in English conditions against Ireland, Scotland or Netherlands.”

      True, except that won’t happen – no way either the Gordon government or any future Cameron government of the UK is about to grant visas to the Zimbabwe team for entry to the UK to play Scotland or to play Ireland in Northern Ireland. Also think the EU has some kind of sanctions on Zimbabwe so I doubt Zimbabwe could play in southern Ireland or the Netherlands either.

  6. October 18, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I thought Netherlands had no issue playing them. Only Ireland and Scotland did.

    Regarding your point about Namibia, I have believed that ICC should keep in mind development potentials of teams rather than blindly going by results, and those might just be due to a bad day. Having said that, it cannot function like that. Namibia had the same oppurtunity that Afghanistan had, maybe a lot more, since they had been a HPP team. They still managed to, forget winning, even end up in the top 6 in a 12 team tournament. So they suffer due to that.

    Nothing stops the ICC Africa region from having their own African tours programme, which can involve Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Zim A and SA A to play each other once every year. That kind of program is probably a lot more doable, and cheaper, than the full fledged intercontinental cup.

    • Chris
      October 18, 2009 at 9:29 am

      I don’t think the Dutch have an issue, but the EU has some sanctions on Zimbabwe I think which might include visa restrictions.

      I understand that the ICC have to look at the development potential of each team, but it seems a bit odd to me that the place of a team in a first-class tournament is determined by their finishing in a one-day qualifying tournament. Namibia came second in the last intercontinental cup and had topped the league table by winning all of their matches except the ones against Ireland. They should still be in it I think.

  7. October 18, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Looks like Zim will post 300+ in the last ODI. They are going strong at 163/1 right now. Zim should take this by a big margin. And for once, I am hoping my guess would come out trumps 🙂

  8. Chris
    October 18, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Zimbabwe win by 142 runs. As you predicted Nasir, a massive margin.

    Kenya did okay in about 2 of the games and marginally okay in 1 of them but were completely outplayed in the rest of the matches. Pity. Kenya is regressing it seems.

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