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Hamilton Masakadza to lead Zimbabwe


Hamilton Masakadza will lead Zimbabwe in the third one-dayer in Multan in the absence of regular skipper Prosper Utseya who will miss the game because of an ankle injury.

Utseya’s injury to his left ankle resurfaced while batting in Hyderabad. Utseya was forced to sit out the tour match against Patron’s XI in Karachi with the same problem. Masakadza, who shared an enterprising 137-run third-wicket partnership with Tatenda Taibu in Hyderabad, will now lead the side.

Though Zimbabwe are down 2-0, they remain confident that they are not out of it yet. “We have played good cricket throughout the tour and have been unlucky to be on the losing side in all matches,” Utseya said on the eve of the third ODI. “We are taking each game separately and by working on a few areas that we lacked on previously, we hope to make it 2-1 tomorrow.”

Utseya’s ongoing troubles with his ankle have meant that Masakadza has often been in charge on this tour, though Brown ruled out that it had hurt the team unduly. “Even though we have been forced to play with different captains, we plan things before the team takes the field,” he said. “We sit down and discuss our strategies and apart from the bowling changes (that’s the captain’s decision), what you see on the field is a result of combined thinking.”

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