Zimbabwe in warm-up win ahead of tricky opener

ZIMBABWE opened their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a valuable 30-run warm-up victory over a Gujarat President’s XI at Ahmedabad, India, as Hamilton Masakadza and Stuart Matsikenyeri starred with bat and ball respectively.



stify>Masakadza led the way with 52 from 75 balls, adding 88 for the third wicket with Terry Duffin who made 47.


The Gujaratis kept things tight through the middle overs, with Viswajit Solanki and Mohnish Parmar sharing two wickets, but Piet Rinke clobbered an unbeaten 41 at number seven to boost the total.


When the Zimbabweans’ turn came to bowl, it was their captain, Matsikenyeri, who led the way, grabbing four for 45 with his off-breaks as the middle-order capitulated.


Gujarat’s mainstay was their opener, Azharuddin Bilakhia, who made 53.


Zimbabwe face West Indies in their first ICC Champions Trophy qualifier on Sunday before engaging Sri Lanka two days later. They will then meet Bangladesh next Friday.


Naturally the underdogs in the qualifying round, Zimbabwe have targeted upsetting Bangladesh and West Indies in the.


The top two teams in the preliminaries — which also involve Sri Lanka — will join Australia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and England that are automatically in the ICC champions Trophy proper by virtue of their top rankings at the time of the draw. — Cricinfo/Staff Writer.