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Cricket: Chigumbura fires Zimbabwe to win over UAE

Allrounder Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Sylhet on Friday, keeping their hopes of reaching the next round alive. Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34-4 and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs. The win also lifted Zimbabwe's net run-rate over Ireland who face the Netherlands in the crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B.

Cricket: Waller, Raza put Zimbabwe ahead

Half-centuries by Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza enabled Zimbabwe to take a first innings lead on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. Zimbabwe were 281 for seven at the close, a lead of 32. Waller changed the tempo of the match with an aggressive 70, while Pakistan-born Raza made 60 on his Test debut. The pair added 127 for the fourth wicket. They came together after Zimbabwe lost two wickets off successive balls.

Cricket: Dhawan, Unadkat lead India to victory

A fortunate century by opener Shikhar Dhawan and some incisive bowling from left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat guided India to a 58-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international on Friday. Dhawan was gifted three lives on his way to 116 as India posted an imposing 294 for eight, but there was nothing lucky about Unadkat's bowling as he stamped out a promising start by Zimbabwe and finished with figures of 4 for 41.

Cricket: Masakadza fifty helps Zimbabwe

Hamilton Masakadza's free-flowing half-century anchored Zimbabwe's innings as they posted a solid score in the first Twenty20 international against Bangladesh. Masakadza hit 59 from 48 balls and was well supported by captain Brendan Taylor before Malcolm Waller struck a six off the final ball of the innings to take Zimbabwe to 168 for five. Zimbabwe made a poor start when Vusi Sibanda, who hit a matchwinning century in Wednesday's third one-day international, was out to his first ball.

Cricket: Taylor the star as Zimbabwe coast to victory

Brendan Taylor became just the third Zimbabwean batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test match as his side completed a crushing victory over Bangladesh in the first Test at Harare Sports Club. Set an unlikely 483 runs to win the match after Taylor had reached the landmark early on Saturday, Bangladesh folded to 147 all out to lose by 335 runs inside four days.

Cricket: Zimbabwe thrash Bangladesh in first Test

Zimbabwe eased to a 335 run win in the first Test with Bangladesh on Saturday on the fourth day. The hosts largely had captain Brendan Taylor to thank as his second century of the match, ending 102 not out, ensured the tourists faced a daunting target of 483 to chase. Taylor's feat was only the third time a Zimbabwean batsman had scored centuries in a test match. The Flower brothers Andy and Gary being the previous two to do so. pi

Cricket: Taylor in record score, Bangladesh hit back

Captain Brendan Taylor marked Zimbabwe's Independence Day with a record-breaking score, but Bangladesh's bold reply with the bat allowed them to end day two of the first Test with the initiative. Taylor's 171 formed the backbone in a Zimbabwean total of 389 all out, before Bangladesh responded positively to go to stumps on 95 for one with Jahurul Islam unbeaten on 38 and Mohammad Ashraful on 23 not out.

Cricket: Taylor keeps Zimbabwe slowly ticking along

Captain Brendan Taylor recorded his highest Test score as Zimbabwe made steady progress on the second morning of the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday Taylor added 30 runs to his overnight total to go to lunch on 135 not out, as Zimbabwe overcame an early-morning wobble to reach 285 for six at Harare Sports Club. Taylor's previous highest in Tests was 117 against New Zealand in Bulawayo in 2011, but he batted through another session and found sturdy support in Graeme Cremer after the dismissals of Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami.

Cricket: Taylor's captains innings boosts Zimbabwe

A defiant, unbeaten century from captain Brendan Taylor allowed Zimbabwe to build a solid platform on a sluggish first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club. In their first home Test in 18 months, Taylor put Zimbabwe's recent problems aside as he scored 105 not out and took his side from 65 for three early in the second session to 217 for four at the close of play.

Zimbabwe taught lesson as future sits at crossroads

(Reuters) - Zimbabwe have described their losing return to the test arena after a 14-month hiatus as a "massive disappointment" and know their future potential is at a crossroads after two heavy defeats in the West Indies. Captain Brendan Taylor said his inexperienced side had much higher expectations before setting off on their Caribbean tour but return home having also lost all their international limited overs encounters.
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