Captain and all-rounder Elton Chigumbura is out of Zimbabwe’s fifth group match of the 2015 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup, following the injury he sustained on Sunday.
While fielding during the Group B match against Pakistan at the Brisbane Cricket ground in Australia, Chigumbura tripped in the 24th over and fell heavily, landing on his knee when he was attempting to retrieve the ball.
He had to be helped off the field to receive treatment.
A magnetic resonance imaging scan yesterday showed that Chigumbura suffered a third grade tear of his quadriceps muscle – a large muscle group on the front of the thigh.
Because of the severity of the injury, Chigumbura will not be available for selection for Zimbabwe’s fifth Group B match, which is against Ireland at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia, this Saturday.
“The physiotherapist is working hard to try to get him ready hopefully for the India match,” said Zimbabwe team manager Christian Chiketa.
The match against India is Zimbabwe’s sixth and final group fixture. It is at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, next Saturday.
Q. When you and Sean Williams were batting, I think you added 54 and 49 balls. You looked like you were cruising to that target. Are you disappointed, especially with the shots the two of you played to get out? BRENDAN TAYLOR: Yeah, I think we both felt we were cruising nicely. But again, we found ways to get out at crucial periods, some soft dismissals, as well. That's been a major downfall for us in the last four games, crucial periods when batters have needed to get through those initial periods, and finding ways to get out. It's not helping the team scores, but that's the way it goes, I guess. Q. Brendan, does it feel a little bit like a missed opportunity in this game in the sense that you could feel a bit of anxiety in Pakistan's game and maybe a lack of confidence after their past two matches that you might have been able to sneak in? BRENDAN TAYLOR: Absolutely. We certainly did target this match and we felt that half the job was done particularly well, restricting them to 235. But they came out the first 15 overs and made it pretty difficult for us and bowled some heavy balls, and it was difficult to score, but it needed a partnership, and unfortunately 50s or 30 partnerships, they're not going to get you over the line. It was extremely difficult to comprehend this loss.
Q. The pace of Irfan and Wahab, Irfan especially with the kind of bounce he was generating on this wicket, how would you rate his spell and what kind of a challenge is it to face a bowler of his height on a wicket which affords him bounce? BRENDAN TAYLOR: Yeah, he showed his class today and we expected he would come out the way he did. I felt it's easier said than done but possibly maybe we could have left the ball a little bit better. I think we were playing the balls that shouldn't have been played, but he does make it a handful for you, and that's why he's a world-class performer. They bowled with a bit of pace and a bit of bounce that we're not really used to back home with our wickets being a little bit slower. It was a good challenge, but again, some experienced players not kicking on, and probably they should be taking a bit more responsibility.
Q. Brendan, I guess it wasn't great that Elton had to leave the field after 24 overs and then he seemed to bat really bravely out there, but what does it do to the team when the skipper is down? BRENDAN TAYLOR: I guess never -- no team wants to be in that situation. Unfortunately we can't control certain things, and just all we can wish for is a speedy recovery. There were some senior heads out there, so we managed to keep the game moving forward. There were some constructive decisions made at the time. Yeah, we just hope he's well because he's very important for us at the end of the innings, and if he was a little bit fitter and batting with someone who was just keeping the scoreboard ticking, there's a good chance we could have got over that line.
Q. How crucial do you think what happened with Wahab at the end, because they had no momentum at all and then 54 in 46 balls. BRENDAN TAYLOR: Yeah, I mean, jeepers, he's a tough competitor today and he fought really hard. I think you've also got to give credit to Misbah. He's the glue of their innings. He's batted a number of times when he batted for a long period of time, and he created partnerships, which partnerships we didn't have. That was the difference.
Q. Were you guys expecting to be facing Yasir Shah in this match, even though after this game the purchase that Sean got and even some from Shahid tonight? BRENDAN TAYLOR: Not necessarily. We sort of were told from the groundsmen that the wicket does bounce a bit, so no surprises there with their full pro pass attack. With Afridi being the performer that he is, we expected that sort of attack.
Q. What kind of an impact Whatmore had on your team, especially since against Pakistan he obviously has spent a lot of time, and I remember even in Zimbabwe he brought the team there. So anything special, any part of the stature that he shared with you guys, perhaps something that you prayed on also in Pakistani batting this week at least? BRENDAN TAYLOR: No, nothing specific, but he did bring some great value and some ideas towards certain individual players and how to approach them, whether they were batters or bowlers. The team certainly binded to him and really taken on board his knowledge. He's got some great credentials behind him. We certainly very thrilled to have him, and he's brought a very relaxed environment. But I think there's a few mental flaws as individual players that is costing us at crucial periods. But it's a work in progress with him. He knows how to get into individuals' minds and their mindsets. It's still early days. He's only been with us sort of six weeks, seven weeks, so we're looking forward to a bright future with him.
Q. Brendan, what now? You've got to still play Ireland and India and you'd have to win both those games. How are you feeling about it? BRENDAN TAYLOR: Yeah, it's definitely a little more added pressure, but Ireland are playing some good cricket, and we feel we are 80 percent there. I think if we can just close that gap a little bit more, I think we're heading in the right direction for a good win against Ireland, and if we can do that, India have been on the road for a long time. Yes, they're a fantastic cricketing unit, but we saw what happened at Eden Park the other day, and if we play some good cricket, which we know we can do, there's no reason why we can't have that self-belief that we can win.
Pakistan – 235 for 7 in 50 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 73, Wahab Riaz 54*, Umar Akmal 33; Tendai Chatara 3/35, Sean Williams 2/48, Sikandar Raza Butt 1/34, Tawanda Mupariwa 1/36) Zimbabwe – 215 all out in 49.4 overs (Brendan Taylor 50, Elton Chigumbura 35, Sean Williams 33; Mohammad Irfan 4/30, Wahab Riaz 4/45, Rahat Ali 1/37)
Pakistan won by 20 runs.
It could have been a famous win over Pakistan, but a Zimbabwe middle order collapse gifted Pakistan their first win of the 2015 International Cricket Council Cricket World tournament, at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday.
Mohammad Irfan, the 2.16 meter tall Pakistan paceman, produced a match-winning and career-best performance of four wickets for 30 runs to help restrict Zimbabwe to 215 runs after Pakistan had plodded to 235 for seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
All the Zimbabwe batters struggled to cope with the sheer pace and bounce that Irfan dished up in what was supposed to be a straight-forward run chase.
The opening pair of Sikandar Raza Butt and Chamunorwa Chibhabha went cheaply and in quick succession, both guiding rising deliveries to Haris Sohail at second slip.
Hamilton Masakadza (29) and Brendan Taylor had to work overtime to negotiate Irfan’s steep bounce, and the two added 52 runs for the third-wicket which somewhat stabilised the Zimbabwe innings.
Irfan came back for a second spell, and – in a moment he would want to quickly forget – Masakadza decided to take him on but only managed to sky an attempted lofted cover drive to Misbah-ul-Haq at mid-off.
In Sean Williams, Taylor found a willing partner and the two astutely went about their business to drive Zimbabwe to 128 runs for three wickets. The in-form Sean Williams scored a brisk 33 from 32 balls which was instrumental in his quick-fire 54-run partnership with Taylor.
Taylor brought up his thirty-second One-Day Intrnational half century but moments after found himself on the way back to the change-room as he was strangled down the leg side by the wicket-keeper.
At 128 for four, Zimbabwe still looked on course for victory but Williams fell soon after the drinks break, cutting a Rahat Ali delivery straight to point.
On his return to the team, Solomon Mire came in with his side in a spot of bother at 150 for five, but he soon became Irfan’s scalp as he edged the towering paceman through to the keeper for eight.
All of a sudden, Craig Ervine and Elton Chigumbura found themselves together at the crease with the added burden of being the last recognised batsman, but the situation looked ominous given Chigumbura’s evident discomfort with an injury sustained in the field earlier.
But that did not seem to deter him as he kept the hopes of his team alive with a run-a-ball 35 that kept Pakistan honest until the end.
Craig Ervine (14) and Tawanda Mupariwa (0) could not offer Chigumbura the required support as they were both dismissed by Wahab Riaz with the score on 168.
In the end, the asking rate got too much as Tinashe Panyangara could not get bat on ball.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat but Zimbabwe started like a house on fire as Tendai Chatara claimed the wickets of openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad to leave Pakistan reeling at four runs for two wickets.
But skipper Misbah-ul-Haq played a vital innings, steadying the ship as wickets regularly fell around him - including two in one over when Williams dismissed Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi in the space of three balls. Afridi, celebrating his 35th birthday, went for a duck. A late flurry from Riaz – his 54 coming from 55 balls – injected some urgency into the Pakistan innings and gave them a meaningful total to defend.
Chatara finished with figures of three wickets for 35 runs in his 10 overs as the Zimbabwe bowling attack put in a relatively improved performance, particularly during the death overs which had been a problem in times past.
The defeat has left Zimbabwe lying fifth on the Group B log, with two more matches against Ireland and India still to come.
Zimbabwe will play Ireland in their next Group B fixture, at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia, on Saturday.
Matabeleland Tuskers – 367 and 211 for 7 declared (Bornaparte Mujuru 61, Keith Dabengwa 47; Bradley Wadlan 2/28, Tendai Chisoro 2/37) MidWest Rhinos – 249 and 188 all out in 65.5 overs (Bradley Wadlan 77, Peter Moor 29; John Nyumbu 4/72, Luke Jongwe 2/14, Brian Vitori 2/33)
Day 4 at Kwekwe Sports Club: Matabeleland Tuskers won by 141 runs.
Apart from a fighting innings of 77, MidWest Rhinos did not put up too much of a struggle as Matabeleland Tuskers consolidated their position at the top of the Logan Cup table with a 141-run victory at Kwekwe Sports Club today.
MidWest Rhinos began on their overnight score of 23 for one, with Bradley Wadlan on 17 and the night-watchman Kudakwashe Munyede on three. For a while they fought hard. Munyede, who has a First-class career batting average of below six, batted over an hour with tight defence to score six runs. He did his job superbly for his side, but was finally beaten and bowled, middle stump knocked out of the ground, by Luke Jongwe. The score was now 44 for two.
This began a minor collapse that virtually ensured Matabeleland Tuskers of victory. Prince Masvaure scored two before he wafted a short ball from Brian Vitori to slip. Wadlan reached a fine fifty off 74 balls before Vusimuzi Sibanda departed for five, Thabo Mboyi claiming his wicket, caught by the keeper playing forward. MidWest Rhinos were now 81 for four.
After this, the incoming batsmen seemed to accept defeat in the spirit of “Eat, drink and be merry.” Malcolm Waller went for his shots, scoring 18 off 19 balls, before he got in a tangle against John Nyumbu and was trapped leg before wicket (lbw). At lunch the score was 113 for five.
Moor followed Waller’s policy, looking for the big hits, and he hit Nyumbu for three sixes. Wadlan was next to go, however, perhaps losing his concentration. On 76 he got away with a bad stroke on the off side, the catch just eluding the fielders, but then he went for a big hit against Nyumbu, sliced it and was well caught by mid-off running back. He made 77 off 121 balls, with eight fours.
Tendai Chisoro quickly followed, lbw for one to a yorker from Vitori, who was bowling with some ferocity now that victory was imminent. When Nyumbu took his revenge on Moor, who skied a catch into the covers for 29 off 29 balls, the score was 152 for eight, and there was only the tail to come.
Neville Madziva and Carl Mumba were not about to give it away easily, and though their cause was a hopeless one, they defended stoutly and made the bowlers work for their wickets – as the middle order should have done. Mumba made seven off 29 balls before Keith Dabengwa had him caught sweeping, and then the last pair held them up while Madziva (21) and Michael Chinouya (8 not out) added 27 for the last wicket.
Finally, Madziva chopped a yorker from Jongwe on to his wicket and Matabeleland Tuskers were victors by 141 runs. Nyumbu, with four wickets for 72 runs, was the most successful bowler.