West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Grenada

Sarwan hundred gives West Indies series

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

February 24, 2013

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West Indies 274 for 3 (Sarwan 120*, Powell 57) beat Zimbabwe 273 for 8 (Ervine 80, Masakadza 60, Sibanda 51, Dwayne Bravo 6-43) by seven wickets
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Ramnaresh Sarwan guides one towards third man, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Grenada, February 24, 2013
Ramnaresh Sarwan guided West Indies' chase with an unbeaten century © WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo
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Don't go by the seven-wicket victory margin. Don't go by the one over left unneeded in West Indies' innings. This was a chase in which the pressure built, and was allowed to be built, gradually during a century opening partnership. Then came two wickets in three deliveries. More pressure. Then came the batting Powerplay. And Ramnaresh Sarwan bolted away finally, to his fifth ODI century, his highest ODI score and his first substantial knock after his comeback. Any remaining pressure was blasted away by Kieron Pollard. West Indies had the series, but Zimbabwe were worthy competitors following their surrender in the opening game.

They made their highest away total against West Indies and created chances in the field but lacked penetration in their attack. They were also robbed of Sarwan's wicket when he was on 53. He was caught several inches short by a direct hit but umpire Peter Nero, instead of referring it to the third umpire, immediately shook his head when Zimbabwe appealed. West Indies needed 151 from 20 overs at that stage, and who knows what the wicket of a well-set Sarwan could have led to.

It was the lone, albeit significant, blemish for Sarwan in an innings where he exploited the batting Powerplay to race from a slow half-century to a breezy hundred. Sarwan and Kieran Powell had put on 111 at the top, but hadn't attempted to dominate Zimbabwe, who squandered an early opportunity. In the fourth over, the debutant medium-pacer Tendai Chatara had Powell pushing uppishly for Vusi Sibanda to pull off a one-handed stunner at short extra cover. Replays, however, showed Chatara had overstepped.

Sarwan began in a blaze of boundaries, cutting, driving and pulling for fours but started finding the field far too often. Powell was a touch more aggressive but wasn't far behind in hitting seemingly innocuous deliveries to the infield. However, there was hardly any bite in the Zimbabwe attack to tie them down for a prolonged stretch.

It was Powell who threw away another promising start, heaving at a Hamilton Masakadza delivery and edging it behind to depart for 57 off 81. Two balls later, Masakadza moved one away slightly to take Darren Bravo's outside edge into the wicketkeeper's gloves. The asking-rate was now approaching seven, and West Indies' at times diffident start could have cost them.

Sarwan and Narsingh Deonarine managed just a boundary each till the onset of the batting Powerplay, by when the asking-rate was within touching distance of eight. Sarwan was on 68 off 103, having gone 80 deliveries without hitting a boundary during the middle overs.

In the 37th over, he slammed Kyle Jarvis through cover and point for fours. In the 38th, he lifted Chatara down the ground and over extra cover for successive boundaries. In the 40th, he hit Jarvis for a one-handed straight six, and off the next ball, reached his century. He had taken 32 off his last 15 deliveries, and West Indies had taken 46 off the batting Powerplay. Zimbabwe, tied down by Sunil Narine, had managed 22 off theirs.

Deonarine played an important knock of 42 off 49, turning the strike over repeatedly, but when he was run out by a direct hit, West Indies still needed 55 off 40. Enter Pollard. Exit Zimbabwe. Pollard rained fours and sixes, his power punishing anything too full or too short. He needed just 20 deliveries to race to 41, with Sarwan fittingly hitting the winning single.

Zimbabwe will no doubt be gutted with the Sarwan run-out that wasn't given, especially after their batting effort. They had conceded 337 and were reduced to 34 for 4 on Friday in their first international game in five months, but two days later, three of the top five made fifties.

Like in the first match, Craig Ervine was at the forefront of a recovery and, unlike in the first match, he ensured he carried on long enough to make a significant difference. Had Dwayne Bravo not struck at crucial moments on his way to a career-best 6 for 43, his side would have had a chase much closer to 300 on their hands.

In his first over, he removed the in-form Vusi Sibanda and the captain Brendan Taylor in the space of three deliveries to convert a solid 76 for 1 into a shaky 76 for 3. Sibanda had vindicated his captain's decision to bat and had looked in little trouble as he drove, cut, pulled and swept his way to a breezy fifty.

Ervine and Masakadza responded with a 110-run fourth-wicket partnership. Ervine paddled Dwayne Bravo and swept Narine for fours. Masakadza, nowhere close to Ervine in fluency, soldiered on at the other end, heaving Pollard and Andre Russell for a six each.

Following an unproductive batting Powerplay, Masakadza had another heave and the top-edge landed in the hands of a running Narine at third man. Zimbabwe were 194 for 4 after 42 overs, and needed someone to kickstart the final charge.

Malcolm Waller provided that boost in a cameo that altered the momentum of the innings. In an eventful 43rd over from Kemar Roach, Waller pulled and drove for a six and a four before being yorked. Roach was dumbfounded when no-ball was signalled, and it turned out that Tino Best's carelessness had made it one man too many outside the inner circle. Roach went harder for another yorker next ball, and Waller flicked the resultant full toss off his pads over short fine leg for six more. Zimbabwe managed 79 off the final eight overs, but West Indies won both the batting Powerplays, and they had Pollard for later.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by tappee74 on (February 27, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

A hundred is a hundred,I looked at the match on television and my thoughts are,he has batted a bit too slow, he probably was being over cautious because of a string of failures from genunine bowling,and finally he could have been the cause of loosing the game had other batsmen not taken evasive actions.It needs to be seen what his performances will be in the course of the series.I personally think he is not the player he used to be and it's time he give way for someone else.This guy has been too complacent in his career and those who appreciate cricket as a competitive sport will not see him as a great contributor. WI cricket is at an all time low,and with a visionless administration, the future doesn't look good.Why play Sarwan infront of Chanderpaul?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

How ICC allows the current state cricket to continue baffles me. How do u allow a team to go for 5 months without a match. A vote for a mandatory league and then optionalmpre arranged series. Very funny how they speak about spreading and promoting the game globally.

Posted by delboy on (February 26, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

If Sammy is given a team a shade in comparison to those of Clive Lloyd will his leadership and occasional cameos be seen in the same context? WI need a strong team lead by a COMPETENT leader. At the moment unfortunately for some. Sammy BEST fits the role of leader. Everyone needs to step up and consistency in performances is needed.

Posted by LabMan on (February 26, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

@Ambrose Alexander:- I totally agree with you. I think he was tryingto be more aggresive earlier than he usually is. Heres hoping that Charles gets better for final ODI. I like the combinatiom.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Too many umpire errors (all over the world) seem to be spoiling the game. DRS is also not an answer, since too many jokers, sitting upstairs looking up at the replays , using the prohibitively expensive technology,are also giving the craziest of decisions. Just, the general quality of umpires need to improve. Till then, like the old Roman empire, Neros will be fiddling, when Rome is burning!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Nice to see Sarwan back, And in form. Welcome to international cricket!

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (February 26, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

@ Abdullah Al Mamun Sammy a Non performer? it's a laugh. yes Sammy isnt a great plaer, but non performer. Sammy also played a Part in WI T20 World cup Win. and many other Victory WI had. People need to look at WI before Sammy came into the Pic and see Sammy isnt doing anything worst than What WI got in the last Few year. just because DJ Bravo win two matches against Zim, i dont get why people making this a Big Deal. a few year ago. Bravo Cap WI and then was White wash the series after. it's sad to see people washin off Sammy, after he actrully started WI turn around from disbelive to believer, When he had the Worst 11 with out all WI better player, That team was progress, unfortunely people dont see it.

Posted by grahaam on (February 25, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I often come on here criticising ZC, However thats the Board and not the players..Well done to those guys, I still beleive the second seamer should be Meht out of that squad , and Chatara looked very raw indeed, Batiing was good with recoveries from wicket losses well controlled whilst maintaining an acceptable scoring rate. Fielding was a down side again...they need another local guy Trevor Penney to return home and sort this. !!! Let hope the Board can react positively to these guys, and make some decisions moving forward , Insisting selection is performance based and retaining the best players locally ..

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

I saw the match on tv and I was happy for Sarwan getting his hundred but was it me or does anyone think that RS batted too slowly? I could have easily seen another scenario with Zimbabwe ending up winners. The other batters who got in seem to be able to rotate the strike a lot better than him and especially if he had been given out run out, or as TC said in Zimbabwe had referred the run out, who knows? The KP dismissal I think was due to the pressure build up. Anyway a win in a win and hopefully we can see a more efficient performance.

Posted by MrHillz on (February 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

for a team that has been so much out of practice, congrats for the improved batting performance

Posted by RAYKAY on (February 25, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

This is a good sign W.I, we have seen some good individual performances in the last two games, well done captain Bravo and nuff respect for allowing Ronnie to bat in the higher order.Give Rampaul and Holder a shot in the last ODI, WI. are aware and have seen Zim.capabalities,though they are not in the big league, these games could lift your confidence so use it wisely.

Posted by soumyas on (February 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

i always wanted to see him succeed, finally he did..congrats sarvo.

Posted by Reuelsean on (February 25, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

You guys need to give sarwan a break, yes the WI should have never carried him to Australia, because he was really out of it in terms of form, not to mention his horrible average down under as well, but Sarwan has an ODI average of over 43 in 178 matches. You don't get an average like that, without scoring runs against top teams. I'm Happy that he got some runs.

Posted by WILAD on (February 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Good to see players like Deonarine and Sarwan making runs. The guys who haven't made runs have done so. It good for the team in preparation for the odi Tri series coming up.

Posted by delboy on (February 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Reading these comments make more convincing that Sarwan has made a bad decision to return to the WI team. His contract with Leicester and the county level opposition would prove more self fulfilling and financially more rewarding. FACT the guy is still WORLD class i.e. he is capable of representing any world side batting in his regular position. He is human and lacked confidence. Psychological issues impact technique. It ia a greater challenge facing a "minnow" when your performance is under a microscope.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (February 25, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Rest Roach and Best for the final ODI, and the T20s. The tests start in less than two weeks time, and we want them firing on all cylinders come the start of the REAL cricket. Let Holder and Johnson compete for a test place too, those guys should certainly be in the test squad.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

thats sets the squad for the last ODI and the tests.for the the final ODI,powell should be seated nd gayle should open with with sarwan.gayle is really out of form.this match may give him a chance to retain his form nd parmaul should play a single match instead in the place of tino.squad for the test should be-1.Gayle,2.Powell,3.Samuels(if he is available),4.DM Bravo,4.Sarwan,5.Chanderpaul,6.DJ Bravo,7.Ramdin,8,Permaul.9.Bishoo/Shilingford,10.Best,11.Roach.Pollard may take the place of samuels nd bat after DJ Bravo in the batting order.No scope for sammy as he is a nonperformer nd his bowling is very enjoyble to play for the batsman nd narine bcoz batsman gonna read him soon if he continues to play longer version of game.

Posted by delboy on (February 25, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Two poor umpiring decisions have marred this series. In match one Sibanda was erroneously given out. In match two Sarwan was clearly runout but Peter Nero who was in no position to call it gave him not out. Either use technolgy to help human frailties or completely replace human beinfs...

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

as usually known west indies winning the series,but Zimbabwe u played really poor cricket in away venues need to improve at lot of areas so that u can beat an associate nation at least.best of luck WI.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

better perfomances from zim ,but lacks cutting edge ,ours bolwers are below average the selectors need to drop these guys and give others a chance

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

well done windies ,but you have to do it against the good sides now sarwan ! can you do it consistently i dont think so ,we need to get better fast bowlers where are they , i think its time to give some new fast bowlers a oppertunity. now is the tme to do it against the minnows.

Posted by roshdbest on (February 25, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Sarwan should have always been in the West Indies team.Waste of talent.

Posted by Tilock on (February 25, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

Way to go Sarwan...let the haters....bun. ..

Posted by anton111 on (February 25, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

Would love to see Dwayne Bravo in the test team

Posted by Tsano on (February 24, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

Zimbabwe is not utilizing DRS as much as they should, Captain Brandon Taylor should support his bowlers by appealing for a review, Zim ballers are too shy to scream an appeal as much as the Bangladeshis would do, which is costing them some wickets, cause as long as the ampire gives it out, then the batsman is at disadvantage even if the ball was just glazing the stumps. As for the poor umpiring against minor teams, it is a shame cause most umpires take most appeals by a weaker opposition as a sign of desperation even if they lose nothing in just referring the request.

Posted by jignatiusreilly on (February 24, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

The decision of the umpire not to send for a review of the Sarwan run out needs to be seen to be believed. Beyond abysmal. Then the third umpire watches it on TV and does nothing!! It put a sour taste on the victory and the lunacy of it will be what I remember from the game.

The ICC need to do something to make sure this doesn't happen again!!! If this had been in the Ashes series and the same thing had happened, all hell would have broken loose.

On a more positive note, I'm glad Zim made a proper fist of it this time.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 24, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

Not a match I was hugely interested in but watched a bit of it and was baffled by the umpire not checking for the Sarwin run out when it was obvious that it was a very tight one as direct hits so often are. To be honest WI would probably have won quicker if the run out occured but that was a really poor piece of umpiring?

Posted by lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on (February 24, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Sarwan's ton proved what most cricket observers already knew, HE COULD SCORE RUNS AGAINST RUBBISH ATTACKS! Where was he against the better attack of the Australians. The WIndies attack is still bowling a load of nonsense, no way is this side of Zimbabwe should be getting nearly 300. This 1 day series win will prove nothing, its again the better teams that the real analysis should begin

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Bravo is always gonna be a better cricketer than sammy!!! so what the problem selectors...stats don't lie. sarwan gr8 to see your confidence back and keep improving and don't look back. good job wi.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Well played Ronnie of Wakenaam! A perfect riposte to those detractors who doubted the permanence of your class.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Well I am surprised Sarwan did nt got the man of the match award any how congrats to him and the team .he guide the team and played what I think was a responsible innings caused if he was out early it might have been a different story ,good innings also from deonarine and pollard

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Zimbabwe Bowling attack is weaker then Indian Bowling....

Posted by mar2000 on (February 24, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Again we see where the opposition pile up a hugh total on the WI bowlers. Too many runs being scored against our bowlers game after game . Sarwan did get a ton with the help of Umpire Nero .

Posted by VEXXZ on (February 24, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

Good win for the WI . The ICC must find a way of PUNISHING these Umpires who make these silly kind of mistakes at crucial time in a cricket game .Sarwan was clearly out for all to see , with the TV there why did Nero not go up stairs . I do hope the Selectors give a YOUNGSTER a LONG run as they did for SARWAN .

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Useful series win for WI. But we allowed ZIM too many runs. Need to keep an eye on that bowling attack. After all ZIM is a real minnow. Nice to see Sars amongst the runs. A century is a century regardless.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Whatever happens in this match Zimbabwe did really well. For them its getting them back competitive again and them playing test matches against quality opposition at the end is the best idea considering how badly they performed in their tour to New Zealand last year starting with the test best of luck!

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