Zimbabwe brought the curtain down on their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign in style, pulverizing fellow Africans Kenya by 161 runs to pick up their second win of the tournament. The match had only academic relevance with the quarter-finalists of Group A already determined, and only meant that Zimbabwe finished in 5th place while Kenya were last with no points to show for their World Cup adventure.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first on a belter of a track at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. They made the most of the opportunity, powering their way to 308/6 in their 50 overs courtesy of half-centuries from middle order batsmen Tatenda Taibu (53), Vusi Sibanda (61) and Craig Ervine (66), the latter pair getting their runs at quicker than a run a ball. Zimbabwe started slowly, but wickets in hand and players capable of clearing the ground meant that they were able to effectively double their score in the last 20 overs. Kenya in their reply only managed 147, bowled out in the 36th over with the Zimbabwean bowlers sharing the wickets between them.