West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Grenada February 22, 2013

Charles, Darren Bravo tons set up massive WI win


West Indies 337 for 4 (Charles 130, Darren Bravo 100*, Powell 79) beat Zimbabwe 181 for 9 (Waller 51, Narine 3-28) by 156 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe won the toss, and West Indies everything following that, inflicting their heaviest defeat on the visitors in the first of three ODIs. They bludgeoned their way to a huge total after being asked to bat and then derailed the chase soon after it began. Johnson Charles led the assault with a superbly paced hundred that came on the back of his maiden century in Melbourne against Australia. West Indies had lost all five ODIs on that tour, but settled in at home against a friendly Zimbabwe attack. Kieran Powell did the early running in a mammoth opening stand with Charles and Darren Bravo rounded off a hopeless outing for Zimbabwe with serious big-hitting towards the end that gave him his maiden ODI century.

Charles and Powell weren't tested much and received numerous loose deliveries in a century opening partnership - the first for West Indies in ODIs since May 2011 - that came at a healthy rate. Fast bowler Kyle Jarvis and legspinner Natsai Mushangwe, playing only his second ODI, were the only Zimbabwe bowlers who bothered West Indies to an extent. Jarvis began promisingly, his accuracy and slight movement in the air and off the pitch forcing the openers to be cautious. But Zimbabwe leaked runs consistently from the other end, and also conceded several boundaries through misfields in the deep.

Prosper Utseya opened with the second new ball and was hit out of the attack by Powell, who stepped out and lofted him over extra cover and straight down the ground. Mpofu replaced Utseya, and got the same treatment, as Powell lashed him through the off side for two fours in his opening over. Mpofu might have gone for more than the 20 runs he did from his first two overs but the outfield, heavy from overnight rain, ended up saving a few boundaries for Zimbabwe.

Brendan Taylor was forced to use his part-time bowlers early, although the legspinner Mushangwe did get some turn and bounce. The part-timers were bound to go for runs at some stage on the sedate pitch. Charles, dropped on 37 off a difficult, diving chance by Vusi Sibanda at midwicket off Utseya, cashed in against Hamilton Masakadza and Malcolm Waller. Cutting and sweeping for fours, he nudged past Powell's score.

Powell gave it away in the 29th over, top-edging a pull off a Mpofu half-tracker to deep square leg but Charles showed no signs of slowing down, heaving fours and sixes regularly. Darren Bravo arrived and played himself in for the batting Powerplay, which was to fetch 59 runs.

Taylor began the Powerplay with Mushangwe who was taken for a six each by Charles and Darren Bravo. Even as Darren Bravo continued to flay wide deliveries through the covers, Taylor turned to Jarvis who had Charles lbw on 117 with his second delivery, only for the decision to be overturned on review, with replays showing the ball headed down leg. Charles responded with more punishment for Mpofu before the seamer got a yorker right in the 39th over. Charles departed for 130 off 111 having converted a steady start into a sustained onslaught.

Darren Bravo was on 33 off 35 at this stage, and despite failures for the promoted Andre Russell and the stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo, he ensured West Indies did not slow down. Jarvis and Mpofu were taken apart with powerful straight hits as he went after everything, full, short, or good length.

Darren Bravo entered the last over on 92. He clubbed Jarvis to the deep midwicket rope to move to 99 off the penultimate ball and paddled the last, a slow bouncer, for a single to reach his hundred off just 71 deliveries, in his 48th ODI innings.

West Indies halted on 337, and Zimbabwe had shown on the field they were playing their first international game since the World Twenty20 last year. To expect a markedly improved performance with the bat would have been too much. Sunil Narine needed three deliveries to strike, and either side of his brace, Kemar Roach and Tino Best picked up a wicket each to leave Zimbabwe reeling at 34 for 4.

Sibanda, who had made 147 in the warm-up match, began promisingly as he pulled Roach for a couple of boundaries, but was given out leg-before to Roach in the fifth over. Replays showed the ball was missing leg stump, but Sibanda chose not to refer the decision.

In the next over, Chamu Chibhabha inside-edged a Narine offspinner off his pad to short leg and walked. Hamilton Masakadza mishit a pull off a Narine straighter one for Roach to pull off a running, diving stunner of a catch at long-on. Taylor lofted a drive off Best straight to mid-off.

Craig Ervine halted the frenetic slide with an innings that contained some crisp sweeps and reverse-sweeps. With Malcolm Waller blocking out one end, Zimbabwe were steady for a while but the asking-rate continued to shoot up.

As the partnership went past 50, Andre Russell was brought on, and in his first over, had Ervine spooning a drive to short extra cover to depart for 41. At 92 for 5, Zimbabwe's chief concern now would have been to lessen the severity of what looked set to be a crushing defeat.

Waller played his part in doing so, playing some stinging cover drives to make a fifty. Zimbabwe had the scant consolation of batting out 50 overs as No. 8 Utseya stonewalled his way to 18 off 67.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    great job windies.... especially my country man Johnson Charles

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Thank you Ronnie for being wise in allowing Bravo to make his first ODI century,hope WI. will allow you to play in your rightful position so they can get the best out of you,just happy it was the minnow ZIM the WI played so the hopes are high again and all the cheap talk about cricket is rife in the caribbean once more. Thankfully WI cricket board ensure international cricket is kept away from the venues where you could have much better attendance, three matches in Grenada, what happen to Trinidad and Jamaica.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The question is being asked , Why the three one day matches are being played in Grenada? Nowhere in the other territories will the diehard fans watch ttis farce , labelled one day internationals, these are practiice matches. Again, it does not take too many spectators to fill this ground to its capacity 1 - 2 thousand, whereas the other grounds are expansive. The organisers can look back and say, the matches were well attended. Lets not get carried away with this WI win - after all they are playing against minnows. This shoudl be the template for the table of organisation- all the minnows, WI, Ban, Zam et al, play one other and the winner with the most points move on to play the top five cricketing countries- just like the English soccer league - 2 - tiers

  • $$ milind on February 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Johnson Charles is a excellent story - his first 2 FIRST CLASS tons coming against a international side. Bamboozling !!!

  • Derek on February 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    The idea of staging 3 matches in Grenada is evidence of the lack of care for the Paying spectator. When such decisions are being make is any consideration given to the possibility of organising a matchday cruise with one of the cruise companies? How about a six or seven day cruise which allow passengers to watch a game in Grenada then st lucia then Barbados for example?

  • Hildreth on February 23, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    CLINICAL PERFORMANCE BY WINDIES. They didn't take their opponent for granted but played their game to a very high standard in all areas: batting bowling and fielding. The YOUNG BATSMEN in CHARLES, BRAVO & POWELL played excellently to give Windies a huge total. The BOWLERS did their job effectively and were well supported by the FIELDERS. CREDIT must also go to the captain DWAYNE BRAVO for doing a great job in leading the team on the field, his field placing which kept the Zimbabwean batsmen under pressure throughout the inning and effective use of bowlers. His leadership of the team was overall very impressive. The support staff including coach GIBSON obviously did a GOOD JOB in preparing and motivating the team for this encounter so soon after their heavy defeat in Australia. The team looked focused and very confident. Finally RUSSELL was sent ahead of SARWAN with 11 overs left. It didn't work out and doesn't make sense as it can affect Sarwan's confidence who should bat at #4.

  • TholletBeura on February 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    A very bad performance by Zimbabwe in all departments. It was a big mistake to leave out Creamer for the ODI and I will always ask why Chakabva was selected for the ODI tour because he has not been scoring runs in our domestic cricket and yet he did not keep wicket yesterday. All the best for the 2nd ODI

  • Graham on February 23, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Zimbabwe should respect the fact that they are still playing cricket at this level, selecting the best XI would be a good place to start...Obviously looking to bowl fist with a little dampness about they left out a genuine swing bowler, ideal for the task, In Meth and played Mpofu instead?? he went for 80 runs in 10 overs Meth can also bat.The young leg break bowler Mushangwe looks very promising but Cremer is still the best Zimbabwe have in that dicipline Chigumbura for Chiababa as the all rounder. Cremer and Chigumbura are not even in the OD squad, Meth Chigumbura and Cremer would give the whole team a more formidable looking side , all can bowl and the team would bat nearly all the way.

  • Albert on February 23, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Great to see the three inform batsmen continuing their good form. The problem in Australia was that it was always one of them or so making runs in a certain match. This time all three made a contribution.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    "I don't know why they are treating Sarwan as a player who can't do anything in One day matches. They are loosing the plaut here they need a player who can hang around ad play acording to the situation; they are treating One dayers as T-20 and they think that even one day players should be as blazing as in t-20.That is where they are missing the trick.They must need a player who can rotate the strike and play according to the situation; if they thought they can win a one dayer just by picking the smashing players and allrounders they can't win a series against a quality side! So they must need to play with proper science!"

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