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189dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sarwan hundred gives West Indies series

Ramnaresh Sarwan bolted away after a slow start to his highest ODI score as West Indies took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series

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Match Details

Toss

Zimbabwe , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

West Indies led the 3-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15

Match days

24 February 2013 (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: Liam Brickhill

END OF OVER:
49 | 5 Runs | WI: 274/3 | RR: 5.59

  • RR Sarwan120 (143b)
  • KA Pollard41 (20b)
  • KM Jarvis9-1-55-0
  • TL Chatara8-0-64-0

West Indies have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with a seven-wicket win. The visiting Zimbabweans gave a much better account of themselves today, with three batsmen striking fifties as they reached a competitive 273 for 8. They managed to keep the West Indian openers reasonably quiet early on, before a double-wicket over from Hamilton Masakadza raised Zimbabwe's spirits. They threatened a fightback, and should have had Sarwan run out shortly after he reached fifty. This was not their day, however, and despite the poor umpiring decision Zimbabwe should have asked for a review. Sarwan didn't offer them another chance to get back into the match. He just batted on and on, accumulating relentlessly, and Pollard's hitting at the end turned the match decisively at the end. Stick with us for the presentations, where I'd be very surprised if Ramnaresh Sarwan isn't the Man of the Match.

Alistair Campbell chats to a slightly deflated Brendan Taylor. "The guys put their hands up and fought hard today. You have to give credit to Sarwan for holding the innings together. Losing myself and Vusi up front probably set us back by 20 to 30 runs, otherwise we could have scored more than 300. Chatara can show some pride in his performance, but there's still room for improvement. Mushangwe bowled in tough situations, and to go for just over 40 was excellent. There's a lot of cricket left, and we'll be looking to do our country proud."

It's Dwayne Bravo who is the Man of the Match for his career-best 6 for 43. "Congratulations to my team for a marvellous effort, it was a tough chase," he says. "Sarwan opened, anchored the innings and showed his class with that knock. No need to panic at the end, we had Pollard, Russell and myself to come. We wanted to challenge ourselves, challenge our abilities, and it was also good to see the crowd come out to support us. We know how it feels to lose series, and this has been an opportunity to win one so it's a great feeling. I just want to do my best for West Indies cricket."

That's all from me today. If you've missed any of the action today, or would like to have the game reviewed for you in some detail, have a look at Abhishek Purohit's report. I do hope you've joined ESPNcricinfo's coverage of this game, and do join us again on Tuesday for the third and final ODI at the very same venue. Until then, goodbye!

48.6
1
Jarvis to Sarwan, 1 run, there it is! Sarwan strikes the winning runs, glancing through square leg, to get the spectators dancing in the stands.
48.5
0
Jarvis to Sarwan, no run, turned off the pads, but straight to the fielder and there's no run to be had.

The field comes up now, with just one run needed.

48.4
1
Jarvis to Pollard, 1 run, a short ball with no great pace on it is pulled through square leg.
48.3
1
Jarvis to Sarwan, 1 run, another slower one, and Sarwan punches it through extra cover off the back foot.
48.2
1
Jarvis to Pollard, 1 run, the crowd want Pollard to finish this with one hit, but he can only pick up a single as he pushes a Jarvis slower ball through the covers.
48.1
1
Jarvis to Sarwan, 1 run, a low full toss is nudged through square leg.

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st111RR SarwanKOA Powell
2nd0RR SarwanDM Bravo
3rd108RR SarwanN Deonarine
4th55RR SarwanKA Pollard