I hope i got the meaning of Kutandanisa correct?. In Zimbawean it means chasing, hence i used this word here.
Here is why Zimbabwe prefers to chase. Below gfx -Zimbabwe’s scores while chasing –
When they bat first they haven’t won a single game in last 2 years. Here is series-wise table.
|1st bat since Nov 2012 (serieswise)||Mts||Won||Avg||r/o||Scoring rate/100 balls||Boundary rate/100balls|
|Zim in WI||2||0||28.47||4.84||41.67||7.50|
|Ind in Zim||4||0||19.41||4.04||32.31||7.10|
|SA in Zimb||1||0||16.50||4.18||31.80||8.37|
|Zim in Bang||1||0||12.80||4.27||35.56||8.33|
From above table it is very clear their batting tapered – only one hundred partnership and individual performance there were no hundreds and only 8 fifties!. Their best partnership average is 29.00 for 4th wkt.
Adding to this the most incredible stats for me is 58.10% were dismissed for low scores(under-10 runs), and 50.00% were dismissed (L B W + Bowled) with 30.00% for low scores!.
And when they chase – there is a huge difference in their batting (see the last row of World Cup stats). Here is series-wise table
|2nd bat since Nov 2012||Mts||Won||Avg||R/o||Scoring rate/100 balls||Boundary rate/100balls|
|Zim in WI||1||0||20.11||3.62||30.67||5.67|
|Ban in Zim||3||2||38.35||5.15||45.22||9.31|
|Ind in Zim||1||0||26.22||4.72||39.33||7.67|
|Pak in Zim||3||1||26.39||4.65||43.38||8.02|
|SA in Zimb||2||0||20.60||4.18||35.69||7.07|
|Tri Series in Zim(Aus & SA)||4||1||20.03||4.29||37.02||7.02|
|Zim in Bang||4||0||20.66||4.46||38.74||7.73|
While batting second they at least score one fifty/game, and also get a decent start to opening wicket(29)which does not taper.
Although in these 20 chases they had only 5wins, because most of the times(16/20=80.00%) they are asked to chase more than 250 score. And from below table it is very clear chasing over 250 is never easy. Only Test playing nations in this table.
|2nd bat(since Nov 2012)||2nd bat||Asked to chase >250 target||Successful chasing >250 target|
|India||36||21||7 (33.33 %)|
|Sri Lanka||35||15||5 (33.33%)|
|West Indies||27||13||3 (23.08%)|
|New Zealand||24||10||4 (40.00%)|
|South Africa||21||11||2 (18.18%)|
|All data till end of 8th World Cup game||248||129||35(27.13%)|
– Below gfx is how Zimb scores tapered when they batted first.