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ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe crush Canada in T20 Cup

Hosts Canada were massacred by Zimbabwe to clinch the third place in the inaugural T20 Canada Cup on Monday.
Set a stiff target of 185, Canada were crushed by Zimbabwe, handing them down a 109-run defeat at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground at King City. Only middle-order batsman Abdool Samad resisted the Zimbabwe attack, scoring 29 off 30 balls. Hamilton Masakadza, who set the tone for the match by scoring 79 off 52 balls, was declared the man of the match.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha set the tone for their team's highest Twenty20 International score with an efficient second wicket partnership of 89 in 10.1 overs. Zimbabwe was asked to bat first by Canada, whose atrocious fielding and tardiness in the outfield resulted in close to another 30 additional runs for their opponents.
After Chibhabha departed for 40 off 35 balls in the 12th over with the total at 93, Masakadza dominated a third wicket 40-run stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Tatenda Taibu before he was brilliantly stumped down the leg side by Ashif Mulla off medium pacer Abdool Samad in the 16th over for 79 off 52 balls with three sixes and eight boundaries. It was the highest individual total so far and the best score by a Zimbabwean in eight Twenty/20 Internationals.
ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe 184-5 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 75 (19.2 overs) by 109 runs

PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets

Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket victory over an outclassed Zimbabwe in the four-nation Canada Twenty20 tournament on Sunday with opener Shoaib Khan taking man of the match honours for his 50 runs.
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka, who edged Canada by 15 runs, in Monday's final. Zimbabwe started brightly and were 62-1 at one stage before losing seven wickets for just 45 runs as they struggled to 107-8.
Shoaib and Salman Butt, who made 33 not out, put on 96 for the second wicket as the Asian giants reached their target with one over to spare.
PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan 110-3 (19.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 107-8 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets

CAN v ZIM, T20 Match 3: Zimbabwe beat Canada in bowl-out

Zimbabwe scored a 3-1 bowl out victory over Canada after the scores were deadlocked at 135.
Canada blew an excellent opportunity of scoring an upset when substitute Abzal Dean's misfield running in from the mid-wicket boundary went for four and allowed Zimbabwe to move within two runs of their target off the last ball. Trinidad & Tobago-born Dean was on the field for vice-captain Abdool Samad who was unwell.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Tatenda Taibu led Zimbabwe in scoring with 37 off 38 balls to clinch the Man of the Match award. He also featured in three dismissals behind the wicket, but missed two stumping opportunities off left-arm spinner Ray Price.
Canadian medium pacer Harvinder Baidwan, who picked up two wickets off of the first two balls of the final over to give his team a chance of their first win in the tournament, finished with 3-27 off four overs while all-rounder Rizwan Cheema took 2-19 after being Canada's top run producer with a lightning knock of 23 off 11 balls with two sixes and two boundaries.
CAN v ZIM, T20 Match 3: Zimbabwe 135-9 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 135-7 (20.0 overs) in bowl-out (3:1)

SL v ZIM, T20 Match 2: Sri Lanka coasts to five-wicket win over Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka's latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis took three wickets and was named man of the match as his side clinched a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe.
Mendis finished with 3-15 from three overs after ripping the heart out of the Zimbabwe middle order including dismissing Prosper Utseya with his 'carrom ball', which turns away from the right-handers. Tatenda Taibu, the former captain, finished on 45 to push Zimbabwe to 106-8 off 17 overs in match shortened by the damp outfield at the King's City venue.
Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Udawatte put on 36 in four overs, before Udawatte was caught behind. Left-arm spinner Ray Price bowled an economical spell which yielded two wickets including debutant Jeevantha Kulatunga and Dilshan.
Thilina Kandamby and skipper Mahela Jayawardene were both run out as Zimbabwe reduced the Asian side to 77-5 before Chamara Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof saw their side home. On Saturday, Canada face Zimbabwe while Sri Lanka tackle Pakistan.
SL v ZIM, T20 Match 2: Sri Lanka 107-5 (16.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 106-8 (17.0 overs) by 5 wickets

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