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Zimbabwe thrash lowly Canada

Zimbabwe cruised to a crushing 109-run victory in their Twenty20 quadrangular series third-place play-off against Canada.

Chasing an unlikely 185 for victory, only two Canadians made it into double figures as they were bowled out for 75 in 19.2 overs.

Their first three batsmen contributed just four runs and from then on the writing was on the wall.

Zimbabwe made 184 for five from their 20 overs, helped in no small part by a second-wicket partnership of 89 between opener Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha.

They needed a bowl-off to beat Canada in their game on Saturday and looked like they might be in trouble again when Cephas Zhuwawo went for a duck.

But Masakadza (79 off 52) and Chibhabha (40 off 35) asserted their authority and laid the foundations for a comfortable victory, despite two wickets from Balaji Rao late on.

Canada then slumped to 10 for three as Ashif Mulla, Rizwan Cheema and Sandeep Jyoti were dismissed in quick succession.

Only AM Samad (29 off 23) offered any real resistence, while Ray Price took 2-6 off four overs and Prosper Utseya claimed 3-26 to be the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers. Tatenda Taibu claimed three stumpings.

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