Zimbabwe stay alive with win

Zimbabwe kept alive their hopes of reaching the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 with a nervy five-wicket triumph over Group B rivals the Netherlands.

Tom Cooper made an unbeaten 72 to help the Dutch amass 140-5 after choosing to bat first, but Brendan Taylor (49) and Hamilton Masakadza (43) seemed to have the Zimbabweans on course in their run chase.

However the departure of skipper Taylor, superbly caught one-handed at cover by opposite number Peter Borren, at the start of the penultimate over meant the game was back in the balance with 15 still required.

Sean Williams managed to get the equation down to seven off the last six and when an inside edge off the left-hander's bat ran away missed the stumps and wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi, the scores were tied with three balls remaining.

That was not the end of the drama, though. Williams followed up with a swing and a miss, then when he did make contact with the next ball it was only to hit a drive straight back to the bowler to be run out for 26.


Vusi Sibanda was instead charged with the responsibility of getting his team home and duly did so in the most emphatic way, launching seamer Ahsan Malik over long leg for a huge six.

Zimbabwe will be relieved to get up and running in the group having suffered an opening loss to Ireland.

Their bowlers performed well in the first half of the must-win contest, at one stage reducing the Netherlands to 35-4 when Borren became the second of two wickets for off-spinner Prosper Utseya.

Tom Cooper - something of a controversial addition to the Dutch squad after Timothy Gruijters was withdrawn due to a back injury - combined with his younger brother, Ben Cooper, to put on a fifth-wicket stand worth 52.

The younger of the two siblings eventually holed out to long-on for 20, but Tom ended not out having hit nine fours and a six in his 59-ball knock.