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Cricket World Cup: Zimbabwe thrash Canada in Nagpur

World Cup Group A, Nagpur:
Zimbabwe 298-9 beat Canada 123 by 175 runs

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Zimbabwe v Canada highlights

Zimbabwe crush Canada

Zimbabwe got their World Cup campaign up and running with a 175-run victory over Canada in a near-empty Nagpur.

Shrewdly picking only one fast bowler in their side, the Zimbabweans easily defended a score of 298-8, with their five spinners sharing the wickets.

Canada were all out for 123 in the 43rd over with Ray Price taking 3-16 and Graeme Cremer picking up 3-31.

Earlier, Zimbabwe batsmen Tatenda Taibu (98) and Craig Ervine (85) had put on 181 in a fine third-wicket partnership.

It was Zimbabwe's fourth-biggest win in ODIs by a runs margin and their most emphatic in a World Cup.

Another statistic of note was provided by Canadian opener Nitish Kumar, who became the youngest player to feature in the tournament's 41-year history at 16 years, 283 days.

Kumar comfortably beat the previous record set when Bangladesh's Talha Jubair played against the West Indies in 2003 at 17 years, 70 days - and opened alongside the tournament's oldest player, the 40-year-old John Davison.

Davison once played club cricket with Kumar's father and first saw his team-mate bat at just six years old.

Unfortunately, the unlikely duo collected just one run between them before both falling victim to Price.

Canada's top scorer was Zubin Surkari, ninth out when stumped off Greg Lamb for 26, while their leg-break bowler Balaji Rao took 4-57.

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see also
Holders Australia crush Zimbabwe
21 Feb 11 |  Cricket
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Cricket World Cup 2011
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