Chigumbura rues batting show

Poor batting was to blame says Zimbabwe skipper

Last updated: 19th March 2011  

Chigumbura rues batting show

Chigumbura: Concern

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Zimbabwe's disappointing World Cup campaign is down to their poor performance with the bat according to skipper Elton Chigumbura.

Chigumbura said he was impressed with his side's efforts in the field ahead of their final match against Kenya at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

But the captain said that Zimbabwe's batting line up, which has managed to score more than 200 just once in the tournament, needed a big improvement in discipline if they hoped to end their World Cup with a win.

"We fielded well and bowled superbly," he told the pre-match press conference. "But that can't be said about our batting.

"We have to work on it because that has been the big problem through the tournament. Besides the batting part, we've put up a big fight.

"My biggest concern is with the batting in the first 15 overs, especially against stronger teams. We have to really work on that when we get home."

Stepping stone

Coach Alan Butcher agreed with his skipper's assessment of Zimbabwe's overall performance.

"Unfortunately that happened in the game before, and the game before," he said.

"And everybody in the dressing room, particularly the batters, are unhappy about the way we exited. We prepared well but unfortunately could not deliver."

Kenya, semi-finalists in 2003, have suffered a major blow to morale after collapsing during this year's tournament, which included a loss to Canada.

But captain Jimmy Kamande believes that Sunday's clash will be vital for the Kenyan team to gain experience.

"This tournament is a stepping stone for Kenyan cricket," he said. "A lot of guys here have never been to the World Cup.

"We know what it takes to achieve here, whatever we gain, we take it back home with us and try to improve our performance."

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