West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Grenada February 23, 2013

Zimbabwe look to avoid first ODI repeat


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February 24, 2013
Start time 0930 local (1330 GMT)

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In a short three-ODI series that doesn't last a week, a heavy defeat in the first game can quickly become a nightmare. It wouldn't be outlandish to say that 3-0 to West Indies is an expected result, but for Zimbabwe, who hardly play international cricket these days, this series offers a vital chance to show improvement. Their first outing was forgettable, but they need to avoid a repeat performance.

Their bowlers were battered by the West Indies batsmen, who could have got more than the 337 they eventually did, and when it was their turn to bat, their batsmen slipped at the first sight of Sunil Narine. In the end, it became a question of how badly would they lose. That they lasted 50 overs was largely due to a 67-ball 18 by No. 8 Prosper Utseya. In both innings, there were only a couple of performers of note and in international cricket, other teams feast upon such weaknesses. Zimbabwe need to regroup quickly, as a team, and must show the will and confidence to stay competitive.

West Indies, on the other hand, need to find the ruthlessness that went missing after their World Twenty20 title win. They are expected to steamroll the opposition in this series and the only competition is with themselves. Can they get more if they bat first? Can they bowl out Zimbabwe within 40 overs? These are the challenges that Dwayne Bravo would want his team to take head on after the recent reverses in ODIs in Australia.

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In the spotlight

Darren Bravo has been around for close to four years now. He has shown numerous glimpses of his talent in the past - especially in Tests - but the hundred on Friday was his first in 51 ODI outings. He followed up his maiden Test hundred with two more soon after. With the quality of bowling Zimbabwe offer, he would certainly be hoping for another one in this series.

If Zimbabwe need to show improvement, it has to start from two of their experienced batsmen, Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza. The two were out in consecutive overs without getting into double-digit scores. With 249 matches between them, Zimbabwe would hope the pillars of their batting line-up show some resistance.

Team news

Kieron Pollard, who missed the previous match due to travel difficulties in getting to Grenada, will be available for selection for the second ODI.

West Indies: (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Tino Best, 11 Sunil Narine

Zimbabwe (from) Brendan Taylor (capt), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Prosper Utseya, Regis Chakabva, Malcolm Waller, Keegan Meth, Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha, Tino Mutombodzi, Natsai M'shangwe

Stats and trivia

  • Zimbabwe's first ODI win against West Indies came in their ninth encounter - in July 2000.

  • Their last win against West Indies was three years ago, in Providence.


"A first century in a winning cause is a great feeling. The hard work is paying off and the aim is to continue and get more big scores."
Darren Bravo .

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pushpak Martin on February 24, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    All the best windies Want a Pollard show tonight. today we all want to see the gangnam style back on the cricket field

  • Alex on February 24, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Hope Charles is fit for the 3rd ODI . Carter should get the nod ahead of Sarwan this time out .

  • Deepak on February 24, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Zim is very week team in every format. please ramdin and sarwan play up the order

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    as far as im concerned gayle , and sarwan had better lift their games as i have said before there is plenty of talent in the batting dept, in the windies not sure about the bowling dept. its about time we had a left hand pace bowler probably derlorn johnson,i am not sure about roach he may have pace but where is the consistency,and how long do we have to wait .

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    WI won the 1st ODI v Zimbabwe, but I don't know if I was the only one who was disappointed; not in the results, but about our cricket. I see no cricket reason to play Sarwan, now or on the recent tour to Australia. In matches like these, we should look to younger players, like Kirk Edwards, Jonathan Carter or Liam Sabastien. We have to look to the future, and the future is not Sarwan. I'm hoping that the 2 openers, Charles and Powell get among the runs in all 3 ODIs, then I would want to see if the selectors would have the heart to leave out either one for the 1st test. Chris Gayle has failed in his last 14 at bats for WI, and should remain on the sidelines for the 2 tests. I was very disappointed in not bowling out Zimbabwe. Our bowling looked very ordinary. 1st Test from: Powell, Charles, DM Bravo, K. Edwards, Pollard, Chanderpaul, Carter, Sabastien, Ramdin, Sammy (Capt), Narine, Roach, Best, Holder. The 3 I would omit; Pollard, Carter and Sabastien.

  • Hildreth on February 24, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @Naresh Gaj I agree with you completely that there was no need to change the batting order when Windies were going very well. SARWAN should have come in at # 4 instead of Russell. Sarwan is good at finding gaps in the field and rotating the strike which is what was needed to keep the innings momentum with the dismissal of Charles. He's also an excellent strokemaker once he gets settled. Russell is more SUITED for lusty hitting near the end of the inning. Team mgt must allow Sarwan time at the crease to prove that reinstating him was a good decision but not at # 3 which Darren Bravo has claimed but at #4 or 5 when the ball is a little softer. The team should allow each player to bat according to the batting order stated before the match started unless there's ABSOLUTE NEED to change it. I've observed that the TOP ODI teams rarely change their batting order. Finally if POLLARD is available he should replace an allrounder ie RUSSELL not Deonarine who offers a spin dimension. GO WINDIES !

  • Dennis on February 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    @goindiago2012 As much as we'd like to see Chris Gayle destroying sub-standard bowling out of every park in the West Indies...we have to remember that he suffered a bit of a side strain in Australia. Rather than play him in this series and risk re-aggravating the injury....it's best to sit him out and bring him in for the tests. Personally I'd sit him out this entire series and focus on practicing and getting fully fit and in form. Good to see Charles getting into some serious runs....from the first time he broke into the squad..he looked a pretty level headed character with the bat that needed a good run. He made some decent scores in the series last year...looking forward to more from him. He may not be the best batsman technically ..but we can say that about Gayle (no foot movement), Chanderpaul (crabby stands and moves around in the crease) but they're still very successful. Hopefully he gets a nice long run with positive results. It'll be a contest between him and powell..

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    west indies selector need to get jerome taylor back in the team

  • Graham on February 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Selection is the key for Zim , however with the ODI Squad so limited they have little to choose from...Meth for Mpofu could save up to 40 runs and Mawayo for Chibhabha or Chakabva are the only realistic options for improvement, I believe the Taylor shot that removed him in the first innings was a sign of a resigned man , unhappy with ZC and their ridiculous policy of touring without coaches. He is a player who could have settled on the easy pitch and posted a big total , however he got himself out under no pressure, other than the afore mentioned ridicules

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Instead of playing so many t -20, which is no measure of competition for both sides, Zim,s preparation for the test matches and to provide some level of formidable of challenge to WI, at the top of the minnon's rating, would be better served playing against the regional sides. It's hard to see how this Zim team is going to avoid a repeat performance. These matches are nothing but practice matches in preparation for the tri- series.

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