brendon taylor.jpgZimbabwe’s hopes of securing a quarter final berth at the on going Cricket World Cup suffered a major setback after crashing to a 139 run defeat to Sri Lanka in a Group A encounter.

 

After winning the toss captain Elton Chigumbura elected to field on a wicket which promised to produce many runs.

 

A solid opening partnership from Tilakarathne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga produced a massive 281 runs, the second highest at a World Cup.

 

 

Dilshan and Tharahnga’s huge 144 and 133 run contributions guided Sri-Lanka to 327 for the loss of 6 wickets.

 

Chasing what seemed an almost impossible task, Zimbabwe’s openers Brendon Taylor and Regis Chakabva gave Zimbabwe a reason to believe before Chakabva fell for 35 runs. Tatenda Taibu soon followed Chakabva after putting only 4 runs on the board.

 

Brendon Taylor who was Zimbabwe’s shining light perishing on 80 runs shattering Zimbabwe’s hopes of victory.

 

Finding it difficult to handle Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilakaratne Dilshan, Zimbabwe were eventually bowled for 188 as they crashed to a 3rd defeat which left captain Elton Chigumbura a disappointed man.

 

The defeat left Zimbabwe 3rd from bottom still on 2 points after 4 games and with a very slim chance of progressing to the quarter final stage.

 

Allan Butcher’s troops play Pakistan and Kenya in crucial encounters where defeat would spell doom.