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Chigumbura bemoans Zim ‘death’ bowling

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura implored his team to improve their bowling at the ‘death’ in their World Cup matches.

Zimbabwe’s bowlers had restricted Gayle and Samuels to 107 for one at the halfway stage but the pair swamped them with 152 runs in the final 10 overs with Gayle hitting a record 215 and Samuels an unbeaten 133.

“We have to improve how we are bowling at the death and sooner we do the better for the team and looking at the games we have played it has cost us. Chris Gayle is a hard guy to bowl to when he starts hitting, so some of the plans you might try to put them into play but maybe the way we bowled our execution wasn’t right. The percentage was maybe 80 out of a 100 on execution. It has cost us and it’s not the first game that we are giving away too many runs at the end.

“We just have to go out and work on our last 15 overs. It is a good positive for the team that we are batting well so it’s a matter of polishing up one department which is our death bowling and if we can do that then we hopefully can have a good game with the ball and the bat,” he said.
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