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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 February, 2003, 17:34 GMT

Zimbabwe-Namibia: over-by-over
Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 86 runs

Namibia concede defeat after failing to answer Zimbabwe's record total in a rain-affected match at Harare.

Rain forced the chasing side to call it a day, but not before the Zimbabwe had bowled the required 25 overs to seal a revised 86-run win.

Earlier, Craig Wishart's unbeaten 172 helped the World Cup hosts to an awesome total of 340-2.

It was Zimbabwe's highest score in a one-day international, beating their 325-6 against Kenya in Dhaka four years ago.

Namibia's target was revised, under the Duckworth-Lewis system, as heavy rain fell during the afternoon, but a second downpour caused the match to be abandoned.

With the visitors scoring well below the required run-rate, especially after the dismissal of flamboyant batsman Jan-Berry Burger, the result was never in doubt


MATCH CALLED OFF BY RAIN - ZIMBABWE WIN

26th over: More rain means further delay at Harare as the covers come on, but with minimum 25.1 overs bowled this constitutes a match even if there is no further play.

25th over: Namibian captain Deon Kotze joins Louis Burger at the crease to grab six runs as Zimbabwe frantically race to finish the 25 overs needed to make sure the match cannot be called a draw if there are any more rain delays.

24th over: Murgatroyd is caught by Wishart after Flower's short delivery flies off his bat to short third man. Namibia: 98-5

23rd over: Dion Ebrahim makes a fantastic catch at short cover to take Keulder's wicket and give Whittall his second scalp of the day. Namibia: 94-4

22nd over: Keulder's drive through the covers earns another four.

21st over: Murgatroyd claims a rare four for Namibia

20th over: Murgatroyd strikes hard to long on to grab a single.

19th over: Namibia's batsmen snatch a single each as Whittall hurries through the over.

18th over: Flower races through his over against Gavin Murgatroyd for a maiden.

17th over: Swanepoel is caught by Streak at mid-off after sending the ball straight into the air. Namibia: 83-3

16th over (last ball): Play resumes after a loss of four overs because of the rain interruption. The Duckworth-Lewis method is used to set a revised target 325 off 46 overs. Swanepoel edges a single off Flower.

RAIN DELAY

16th over: An eruption of rain at the Harare Sports Club causes play to be delayed as the umpires call for the covers on after Grant Flower's fifth delivery of the over.

15th over: Keulder lands his second four off a poor Brian Murphy delivery, which he wallops to the on-side fence

14th over: Keulder moves into a double figures of 13 as his wild swing, connects on the inside edge and the races away to the fine-leg fence for four.

13th over: Swanepoel hits a pitched-up delivery towards the third-man region to snatch a single.

12th over: The pressure is starting to tell the batsmen as their target becomes ever more daunting - Keulder survives another close shave as Namibia grab two runs.

11th over: Hondo gets a maiden as Keulder fails to score any runs.

10th over: Henry Olonga's aggressive bowling keeps Namibia's batsmen on the backfoot as they fall further behind the required run-rate.

9th over: Swanepoel grabs four after half-volleying Streak's delivery to the fence.

8th over: Former Namibia captain Danie Keulder narrowly misses an early exit as wicketkeeper drops a catch.

7th over: Burger's adventure comes to an end as his shot straight up in the air is easily caught by Andy Flower at mid-on. Namibia: 40-2

6th over: Both Namibian batsmen struggle to earn any runs off Hondo's fast delivery.

5th over: Burger smashes well-taken six over the covers to keep Namibia on target at a rate of 6.98.

4th over: Brilliant fielding from point fielder Brian Murphy denies Swanepoel a scoring chance before the right-handed all-rounder drives Hondo's ball through the covers,

3rd over: Swanepoel benefits from a drop-ball as two of Zimbabwe's slip fielders clash together.

2nd over: Walters' replacement Stefan Swanepoel suffers a tough start, suffering a painful hit on his back foot from Douglas Hondo's powerfull delivery.

1st over: Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak sends immediate shudders down Namibian spines as he takes the wicket of opening batsman Riaan Walters on his first ball. He is caught by wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu on the outside edge. But Jan-Berry Burger remains calm enough to go on and score six runs. Namibia: 0-1


INNINGS BREAK


50th over Burger begins with a wide ball which Flower slashes away to backward point for four. He follows up by clipping a full toss for six.

49th over Flower makes the most of another full toss by whipping the ball away through a vacent leg-side gap for another four. It takes the score to 325, equalling Zimbabwe's best-ver in a one-day international.

48th over Louis Burger returns to the attack but Grant Flower clubs the second ball for four to reach his 50 off 43 balls. The next ball is a full toss and is put away effortlessly for six. Wishart ends the over with a boundary through mid-wicket.

47th over Wishart takes a single to long off as Zimbabwe's total reaches 300.

46th over Wishart reaches 150 with a massive six over wide long on - the third of his innings - and follows it with a straight drive for four. Flower has a lucky escape from the final ball as a catch is dropped at backward square leg.

44th over Four leg byes off Snyman brings up the century partnership between Wishart and Flower.

43rd over: Wishart becomes the highest individual scorer at Harare with a beautifully-lofted shot to the off-side to surpass the previous mark 142, set by Andy Flower against England in 2001.

42nd over: Namibia's bowlers still struggle to contain the batsmen.

41st over: Wishart steadily approaches a record individual score on this ground of 142, set by Andy Flower against England in 2001.

40th over: The oldest player at this World Cup, 43-year-old Lenny Louw, returns for his penultimate over and holds the batsmen to two runs a piece.

39th over: Grant Flower continues to punish Namibia's ragged attack picking off six runs from four balls.

38th over: Wishart gets his first six of the match as he sends Bjorn Kotze's full and straight ball back over the bowler's head to the stands at long off.

37th over: Flower reads Deon's Kotze's short ball perfectly, hitting it cleanly to the on-side fence

36th over: Wishart and Flower continue to keep up the pressure, adding another seven runs.

35th over: Wishart reaches a memorable century with his 14th four in the match, driving the ball brilliantly back past bowler Jan-Berry Burger.

34th over: Grant Flower and Wishart snatch at deliveries by Bjorn Kotze to add another five runs.

33rd over: More tight stuff from Jan-Berry Burger with the Zimbabwe significantly slowing down in their run-rate.

32nd over: Boosted by the scalp of Andy Flower in the last over, right-arm medium bowler Louis Burger takes over from brother Jan-Berry and keeps the batsmen to just four runs.

31st over: Namibia's change of bowler proves crucial, taking the wicket of Andy Flower on Jan-Berry's third delivery. Zimbabwe: 174-2

30th over: Louis Burger slows down the run-rate as Zimbabwe's batsmen score on only four runs - half of their previous over's total.

29th over: Wishart and Flower both get fours to push up the run-rate.

28th over: Wishart and Flower are prove to be too much for left-arm off-spinner Louw and the Namibian fielders, adding another six runs.

27th over: Wishart and Flower dish out the punishment to Namibia captain Kotze in equal measure with six runs.

26th over: Wishart sweeps the ball to the square leg fence for four, while Flower adds two as Zimbabwe start to speed up their run-rate.

25th over: Flower continues to pile the pressure on the cricketing minnows, scoring the first six of the match with a powerful strike to the stands at mid-wicket.

24th over: Flower heaves Louw's ball to the on-side fence for his first four.

23rd over: Namibia captain and right-arm off-spinner Deon Kotze takes over the attack as Andy Flower makes a cautious start, adding three runs to his single from the previous over

22nd over: Louw puts an end to his punishment by Zimbabwe's batsmen by taking Vermeulen's wicket - Namibia's first of the World Cup - leaving Andy Flower to take his place at the crease. Zimbabwe: 107-1

21st over: Kotze, one of Namibia's most consistent bowlers so far fails to stop another seven runs off Zimbabwe's opening pair.

20th over: Vermeulen is really starting to pile on the runs, taking three fours off Namibian Louw.

19th over: Wishart cracks another full and straight ball from Kotze away to the fence.

18th over: Wishart grabs his first century at the World Cup with a single driven to long off.

17th over: Vermeulen drives another delivery over the covers for four.

16th over: Louw is hammered down the wicket by Vermeulen, for four as non-striker Wishart is forced to drive out of the way.

15th over: Kotze keeps up an impressive economy rate with a selection of well-delivered balls to hold off Vermeulen.

14th over: Namibian veteran star Lenny Louw comes into the attack with his left-arm spin, but cannot deny Vermeulen a stylish four hit over the top.

13th over: Bjorn Kotze, brother of Namibian captain Deon, goes into the attack and keeps Wishart and Vermeulen to a scrappy couple of runs.

12th over: Zimbabwe held to a single, knicked to the square leg by Wishart.

11th over: Vermeulen finally gets his first four off Snyman's short delivery, knocking the ball through cover point.

10th over: Wishart adds another seven runs to Zimbabwe's hastily growing total, notably scoring another four with a perfect drive to the on-side. But Vermeulen's run-rate remains sluggish, failing to score on three balls from Burger

9th over:Snyman produces to competent bowling display to hold confident opening batsman Wishart to just one run.

8th over: Vermeulen snatches another one run, outside the off, steered down to third man, but it is Wishart who takes advantage of sloppy fielding to drive to the covers.

7th over: Vermeulen finally gets off the mark with one run on ball three.

6th over: Wishart is slowing down on the run-rate, hitting just one four per over for the last couple of overs.

5th over: Wishart scores yet another boundary.

4th over: Burger has better luck against Wishart's opening partner Mark Vermeulen, bowling a fuller length to stop the runs pile on.

3rd over: Wishart continues to thrash away through the covers again, pummelling the opening bowlers off the front foot in Harare.

2nd over: Louis Burger takes over the Namibian attack but cannot stop Wishart cracking a series of fours.

1st over: Craig Wishart gets Zimbabwe off to a confident start with a four and a single against Namibia's opening bowler Gerrie Snyman.


Zimbabwe: M A Vermeulen, C B Wishart, A Flower, G W FlowerD D Ebrahim, G J Whittall, T Taibu (Wkt), H H Streak (Capt)B A Murphy, D T Hondo, H K Olonga.

Namibia: R Walters, S J Swanepoel, A J Burger, D Keulder (Capt)B G Murgatroyd, M Karg (Wkt), D B Kotze, L J Burger, G SnymanJ L Louw, B L Kotze.

Umpires: D L Orchard and S J A Taufel




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