Chigumbura irresistable for Zimbabwe
Elton Chigumbura inspired a second unexpected victory for Zimbabwe to ensure they go into the World Twenty20 in a rich vein of form.
Fresh from a one-run win over Australia in their last warm-up match, Zimbabwe followed that up by beating Pakistan by 12 runs in St Lucia.
Putting Zimbabwe in after winning the toss, Shahid Afridi swooped with four wickets, leaving their opponents seemingly in trouble at 64 for five in the 12th over.
But a key 62-run alliance between Charles Coventry and Chigumbura propelled Zimbabwe to 143 for seven. Chigumbura’s unbeaten 49 contained three fours and three sixes.
In reply, the tournament holders slipped to an equally precarious 67 for five, with only Kamran Akmal’s 37 providing top-order steel.
Fawad Alam and Misbah-ul-Haq guided Pakistan to within 25 of the target, but both fell to Prosper Utseya’s off-spin, exposing the tail to Chigumbura. Chigumbura took 3-16 and Utseya 4-15.
In the earlier match at the Beausejour Stadium, Australia thrashed a Windward Islands side also including Tim Paine, Nathan Hauritz and Daniel Christian.
David Warner’s 51 and 49 by David Hussey guided Australia to a formidable 189 for eight.
Only Christian and Lyndon James threatened permanency with 20 apiece in response, as the Windwards were bowled out for 88, 101 runs short.
Shaun Tait, Steven Smith and Michael Clarke took two wickets apiece.