West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I, Antigua March 3, 2013

All-round WI crush listless Zimbabwe


West Indies 158 for 7 (Pollard 45*, Simmons 41) beat Zimbabwe117 for 6 (Masakadza 53*, Badree 3-17) by 41 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The quick turnaround time of one day was hardly enough for Zimbabwe to get its act together and challenge the hosts, after West Indies had posted a competitive 158. West Indies were hardly stretched during the chase and once the Zimbabwe top order succumbed to the spin of Samuel Badree, it was all one-way traffic. West Indies took the T20 series 2-0, adding to their three consecutive wins in the one-dayers, extending their winning run in a one-sided tour.

The only time Zimbabwe kept the hosts under check was in the first ten overs of the match. The bowlers followed a plan of containing the batsmen, but they couldn't maintain that control against a power-packed middle order. Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy blazed 56 together in their fifth-wicket stand to give the innings a push and though Zimbabwe hit back with late wickets, Pollard ensured he stayed till the end, helping West Indies to a match-winning total.

After getting pasted in the opening T20 on Saturday, Zimbabwe needed to work out a plan to keep the number of boundaries in check and in general make the batsmen work harder for runs. An obvious change was the way the spinners bowled it flatter and fuller and not allowing the batsmen to go for big hits. Lendl Simmons, who smashed six sixes - mostly slog sweeps - in his unbeaten 63 off 49 balls on Saturday, managed only two big hits in his 41 off 39 today. He found it harder to get under the bounce and slog thanks to the lengths bowled by the spinners.

Johnson Charles, Dwayne Bravo and Simmons all perished while trying to push the scoring. The first 12 overs had 29 dot balls, showing the sort of control the Zimbabwe bowlers had.

Pollard and Sammy came together at the start of the 15th over and the run rate surged. Sammy launched Christopher Mpofu out of the ground when the bowler overpitched and Pollard was merciless against Chatara, ransacking 23 off an over that included two sixes and two fours. The extra pace worked to West Indies' advantage, and the seamers erred by not bowling it fuller. As a result, the batsmen helped themselves to some powerful blows down the ground.

Zimbabwe conceded only 64 off the first ten overs, but the last five leaked 60. Zimbabwe did hit back towards the end with quick wickets, but Pollard's was the one they wanted, but never had.

Zimbabwe needed a rousing start from their top order but their twin failures in the two T20s will be the biggest concern ahead of the Tests. They were undone by Badree, who nipped out three of the top four. Chamu Chibhabha made too much room to cut against the turn and lost his middle stump; Vusi Sibanda slashed towards point but Bravo's sharp reflexes had the better of him; Brendan Taylor fell to a leading edge to cover. Taylor's failures in both games put pressure on the middle order. Hamilton Masakadza played the lone hand with an unbeaten 53, but his knock was overshadowed by what was a sorry response from Zimbabwe.

There was no passage of play during which West Indies were challenged - only seven fours were scored in the first 15 overs and there were no sixes. Batting out 20 overs was no consolation.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Graham on March 6, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Well maybe ZC will come on here and help us understand ? It is an open forum so lets see what they have to say....I think we could wait a long time

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Who selects the selection panel? I looked at the Test squad and saw Prosper Utseya in the line up, like wht! He has never played since the return to tests and rightfully so, I dont see him taking wickets and the team needs some wicket taking bowlers. They sould have realised their mistakes and made some changes Ervine should stay unless he has not fully recoverd and one of the leggies should remain behind they made some important break throughs in the limited overs.

  • Graham on March 5, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Yes Kuda Meth should have had at least a game and Ervine not being in the Test Squad is just not right , Masakadza Sibanda and Taylor need batsmen in the middle order to support them to large scores and Ervine would have been good for this role, the test side is already weakened by this simple selection error, what is worse though is the stubbornness of the ZC , they could looked at his form and told him he was staying for the tests,as any other administration would have done

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    this current generation of zim players is a waste of time. there is no hope in how they play.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    @grahaam Some thought there, Im still struggling to come to terms with the team selection, I hope there is decent explaination on Meth not being selected and looking at the test side left I'm left wondering how long this match will last. In times like this u hope your team loses so that lessons can be learnt

  • Paul on March 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    One has ask the question who on earth selects the Zim squad/team. They have two decent T20 players in Coventry and Chigumbura who should have been in ODI/T20 squad and why put Meth in squad if he wasn't picked for T20's? They are struggling enough as a team without basic errors in selection! They have some talented guys Sibanda is a classical batsman, but he, Taylor and Masakadza have so much expectation on them due to long tail that they are failing. Very impressed with two young leggies, but they need some decent pace bowlers ASAP!

  • ubaid on March 4, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Very nice to see Barnwell and Gabriel in the final eleven without axing Russell

  • Dick on March 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Overall a dismal display by the Zimbabweans - not so much the fact they lost but more the way they lost.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    the team is asking russel to be a slogger he might get off are he might get out but if they need him to play a bats man roll im 100% sure he can bat has good as a Dwayne bravo once west indies is in a good position he his going to hit for the fences so he should not be drop. sammy should only play t20 that's how i see it has this point in time. they should look for a younger long term captain