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November 1, 2007
West Indies and Zimbabwe had met six times in ODIs before their first Test in 1999-2000, with West Indies winning all six matches. Four of those had come in three World Cups, and in none of the games had Zimbabwe ever threatened any upset. That pattern was turned on its head in 2000 when Zimbabwe won all three games against West Indies in the NatWest Series in England, reaching the final of the triangular series. The following winter in Australia, West Indies got some revenge when they won three of the four matches in the Carlton & United tri-series.
This was a more one-sided series than 18 months earlier in the Caribbean. West Indies romped to a massive innings-and-176-run victory in the first Test at Bulawayo, big hundreds from Chris Gayle and Carl Hooper, the captain. At Harare, Zimbabwe again conceded a substantial first-innings deficit, but then a hundred on debut from 17-year-old Hamilton Masakadza - the youngest person to score a century on debut - led them to 563 for 9 and safety. In the triangular one-day series, which included India, Zimbabwe again lost all four matches.
Tests: Zimbabwe 0 West Indies 1 Drawn 1
ODIs: Zimbabwe 0, West Indies 2
2006 West Indies
Zimbabwe Cricket's decision to suspend themselves from Test cricket briefly threatened this tour, originally scheduled to include two Tests and five one-day internationals. The trip was eventually saved, but to no obvious purpose: the callow Zimbabweans stumbled from one collapse to another in a bloated seven-match series. Rarely was there any competition and too often Zimbabwe were satisfied with batting out their overs rather than making any attempt to win the match. It was unedifying stuff.
ODIs: West Indies 5, Zimbabwe 0
The ODI series began on a positive note for Zimbabwe, who beat West Indies by 30 runs in the opening game, their first victory against a major Test-playing nation in four years. Chamu Chibhabha and Stuart Matsikenyeri were the stars, scoring half-centuries while posting a competitive score, and the bowlers, led by Elton Chigumbura, backed them up despite an unbeaten century by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. However, the rest of the rubber followed a pattern similar to previous encounters, as West Indies won the next three games comfortably to take the series 3-1.
ODIs: West Indies 3, Zimbabwe 1
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