England post imposing 299 for seven

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

England posted an imposing 299 for seven in 50 overs in their Champions Trophy pool-D league match against Zimbabwe in Edgartown today.

England post imposing 299 for seven
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Edgartown: England posted an imposing 299 for seven in 50 overs in their Champions Trophy pool-D league match against Zimbabwe in Edgartown today. Paul Collingwood with a superb unbeaten 80 and some lusty hitting in the late overs led to the comfortable total The hosts were restricted to 198 for five in 38 overs by some disciplined attack from the Zimbabweans when rains forced play to be stopped yesterday. Impressive knocks However, England resumed the play gallantly leaving their rivals in a daze. They added 101 runs in the remaining 12 overs while losing just two more wickets, thanks to the 93-ball knock of Collingwood and a 43-ball 38 by Geraint Jones. Ashley Giles also chipped in with a cameo 22-ball 23 that included a huge six. No breakthroughs Zimbabwe bowlers looked out of sorts and failed to get breakthroughs with only Edwards Rainsford returning impressive figures of two for 43 off his ten overs. Giles however was run out in the final over. If it was Vikram Solanki who proved to be the wall yesterday with a solid 62 containing 10 fours, the morning belonged to Collingwood who held fort at one end and ensured a big enough total for his team. He hit three fours and as many sixes as the other batsmen took a cue and provided him with able support. Zimbabwe, who had won the toss yesterday, put England in to bat in overcast conditions. Today, they have a tall task of scoring nearly six runs an over if they are to pull off an upset win against the in-form rivals. (PTI)
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