Masakadza demolishes Kenya

Opener's 178 drives Zimbabwe to 4-1 series win

Last updated: 18th October 2009  

Masakadza demolishes Kenya

Masakadza: carried bat for 178

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Zimbabwe 329-3 (H Masakadza 178 no, F Mutizwa 55, B R M Taylor 52) v Kenya 187
Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 142 runs

Hamilton Masakadza hit 178 not out as Zimbabwe completed a 4-1 series success with a 142-run victory over Kenya in the fifth one-day international.

Masakadza faced 167 balls, hitting 17 fours and five sixes while batting throughout the hosts' innings of 329-3 at the Harare Sports Club.

It was the 26-year-old right-hander's third one-day international century - he also hit 156 in the series opener - and the second highest score by a Zimbabwean in the format after Charles Coventry's unbeaten 194 against Bangladesh two months ago.

He was well supported by Forster Mutizwa (55) and Brendan Taylor (52) during stands of 127 and 102 for the first and second wickets respectively.

Kenya's reply saw them skittled for 187 in 39.3 overs to allow Zimbabwe to register their biggest ever win in terms of runs on home soil, surpassing the 131-run triumph over England in 1999.

Paceman Chris Mpofu was the pick of Zimbabwe's bowlers with 3-44 while Jimmy Kamande's 37 was the top score for the tourists.

Meanwhile, Kenya batsman Alex Obanda was fined 15 percent of his match for a breach of the ICC code of conduct during his side's six-wicket defeat the previous day in the fourth match of the series.

Obanda remained at the crease and shook his head for "a substantial period of time" after his dismissal.

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