Harare, Feb 22 (AFP) Zimbabwe''s World Cup campaign isstill very much alive despite their opening 91-run defeat todefending champions Australia, a state daily insisted today.
"Yesterday''s defeat by the Aussies was by no means ahumiliation and, rather than break us, it should build usbecause it showed we could compete," the Herald said in aneditorial.
"There is no need to bury our heads in the sand because,now that the Aussies are out of the way, our 2011 World Cupshow can begin in earnest."It was hard to tell the difference between Goliath(Australia), which had won all its last 23 matches in theWorld Cup, and guided by a captain yet to lose a match at thistournament as skipper, and this little David (Zimbabwe) justemerging from the wilderness."
Australian bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait sharedsix wickets in a superb display of fast bowling to lead theircountry victory in Ahmedabad.
Australia dismissed Zimbabwe for 171 after scoring achallenging 262-6 in the day-night match.
The Herald said Zimbabwe should find honour in the defeatsaying the team had done well compared to Kenya which "lookedout of their depth," against New Zealand after being bowledout for just 69 - their worst score at the World Cup. (AFP) PM