West Indies v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Grenada February 25, 2013

Zimbabwe look to avoid whitewash


Match facts

February 26, 2013
Start time 0930 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Going by the series scoreline so far, 2-0 in favour of West Indies, nothing out of the ordinary and unexpected has happened. A convincing 156-run victory in the first ODI and a seven-wicket win in the second. The second margin sounds comprehensive, but it wasn't. Zimbabwe showed a marked improvement on Sunday and halfway through the match, would have even thought of leveling the series. What they are left with now, is to play for a solitary win in the final ODI and win their first one-dayer since October 2011, when they chased 329 against New Zealand. West Indies will be brimming with confidence after a forgettable summer in Australia and look set to complete a whitewash.

After being thrashed in the first ODI, Zimbabwe put up a strong batting display in the second, which stretched the hosts to the 49th over. Their bowling and fielding went up a notch, but they failed to pick wickets despite the pressure they created. They have picked only seven wickets in nearly 100 overs and have conceded 611 runs at a dismal average of 87.29. They will rely on Kyle Jarvis and their most experienced bowler, Prosper Utseya, to give them breakthroughs, especially in the opening overs. The 22-year old Natsai M'shangwe has been the most economical in the two ODIs, but it's the wickets they need to win matches.

West Indies, meanwhile, would not want to be in the pressure-cooker situation they found themselves in on Sunday. Even though their batsmen have done their job, curbing Zimbabwe to a lower score would be ideal for them. If they win the third, it will be their first whitewash over a Test-playing nation since beating Bangladesh 3-0 in 2004.

Form guide

West Indies WWLLL
Zimbabwe LLLLL

In the spotlight

Despite scoring two consecutive fifties, Kieran Powell threw his wicket away in both the ODIs. Against a feeble Zimbabwe attack and in the absence of Chris Gayle, this will be the apt time for Powell to convert a start into a three-digit score and boost his confidence before the Champions Trophy in June.

Hamilton Masakadza was Zimbabwe's top performer on Sunday with a fifty and figures of 2 for 27 from seven overs. If Zimbabwe have to win, he will have to extend his stay on the pitch to chase or set up a big total for the in-form West Indies batsmen.

Team news

West Indies are yet to announce their squad for the third ODI. Gayle and Darren Sammy were rested for the first two matches. With the series to their name, West Indies may want to give a chance to the left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (if available), who has been in fine form for Guyana with 13 wickets in the last two Regional Four-Day matches.

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

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

  • The last time West Indies and Zimbabwe played a bilateral ODI series, West Indies won the series 4-1 in West Indies in 2010.
  • West Indies have won six and lost six of the 12 ODIs they have played at St. George's in Grenada.


"I felt a burden lifted when I reached my hundred. I was lacking a little confidence before this performance so I have my confidence back now."
Ramnaresh Sarwan after the first significant innings since his comeback

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TholletBeura on February 26, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    All the best to Zimbabwe and please guys another score above 270 would just be great

  • Derek on February 26, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    ICC should ensure Pakistan who cannot play in their country tour Zim. These Zim boys if allowed to cpete in the SA domestic arena could soon overtake WI and Pak. The WI board might want to invite some Zim players to take part in their domestic season by setting up an agreement which see WI cricketers play in the Zimbabwe cricket. In the long run it is win win for all

  • Dominic on February 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Whena player is injured is it possible to have some news of the player from time to time e.g Samuels and other players progress whilst they are injured. no, there that there is the WICB website. there should be no problem.

  • Niket on February 26, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    anyone knows windies squad for todays match?

  • Im on February 26, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Despite the less cricket given to Zim by ICC, i still appreciate the performance they have shown. To me Zim has great talent , only they need to icc support to have more cricket to prove it. Good Luck Zim for your bright future. in the last ODI if Sarwan had run out the result could have different...

  • Carl on February 26, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Charles was injured. With the series in the bag, time to rest a few more guys. A rare luxury for the Windies nowadays, but one we should now indulge.

  • Hildreth on February 26, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Where is JOHNSON CHARLES ? If he is fit he should play because he is young and needs time at the crease to perfect his game. If he's injured the coach or mgr should release a statement thus. The main WEAKNESS with the current team is the bowling. This is primarily why they were unable to close out Zimbabwe in the 2 ODI's played so far. I hope bowlers Delorn JOHNSON, GABRIEL, Odean BROWN and BADRE are seriously considered for the T20 series. Also all-rounders COOPER, EMRIT and BARNWELL. These players will relish the international exposure and will widen the pool of players READY for selection to the Windies teams.

  • Surendra on February 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Any change in the umpire who failed to refer a clear run out to 3rd umpire? That could be a moral series victory for Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Where is Johnson Charles? Is he injured? If not i'm surprised he is not playing after hitting a couple of centuries lately.

  • shahadat on February 25, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    they should include kevon cooper, west indies seems to have plenty T20 players. what happened to badri

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