Zimbabwe in West Indies ODI Series - 1st ODI

West Indies v Zimbabwe

West Indies won by 156 runs

Kyle Jarvis is at the end of his run, Johnson Charles to face. Here we go ...

Seansie has this: "Great to see Zim in action once again, things feel different this time round, Zim are unlikely to relinquish a lead should they start with a win on this series, it will just boost their confidence the more. My money is on a tight series with a Zim edge!"

There was a problem with Kieron Pollard's connecting flight from Bangladesh, and he also won't be playing today.

Pitch and conditions International cricket hasn't been played in Grenada for a good four years, so we're not entirely sure how this track is going to play. Alistair Campbell reckons the pitch is "a little tacky", and there's some dampness and grass to be found. There's also been some inclement weather around, but it's a sunny morning.

Toss Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to field first.

"This series is last chance of stylish Bastmen R Sarwan," reckons Deepak Kumar. He may well be right. Sarwan is 32, and if he forces his way back into the side, he could play at the 2015 World Cup. If he doesn't grab this chance, West Indies will quickly have to find another middle-order batsman to settle into the position in the next 18 months.

"Hi Liam. First of all, great to have you, especially from a Zim supporters perspective," writes Levi Pearce. I hasten to add that I'm the consummate professional and I'm utterly unbiased. I'm definitely not sitting here in a Zimbabwe cricket shirt writing this commentary. Ahem. "Secondly," adds Levi, "if its not too much to ask, if it is possible could you please note the bowlers speeds in your commentary. Thanks and go Zim :)". Will do.

While we wait for news from the toss, have a look at Kanishkaa Balachandran's preview. It's got almost all the stats and facts you'll need to prepare you for this match.

"I think Sammy and Gayle will be out for the series," suggests Nigel Trotman. I have a feeling they'll be back in action fairly sharpish if Zimbabwe pull off an upset today.

"Sarwan will make runs today," reckons Tony Krishna. He also had a good outing in the warm-up game, scoring 90 before his dismissal sparked something of a collapse to Malcolm Waller's unheralded offspin.

"After a comfortable win from the practice match, no doubt Zim will get into this match beaming with confidence," says Lloyd Jannai. He's got a point - Zimbabwe did score well over 300 to win that warm-up, but the bowling was of a fairly low standard.

8.45amHello everyone, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the first one-day international between West Indies and Zimbabwe at St. Georges in Grenada. I'm Liam Brickhill, and I'll be your commentator today - after a 15-month hiatus from Cricinfo commentary duties, I might add. Don't worry, I've still got my chops, and we're in for an entertaining match between two teams who are more closely matched than they might at first appear.

West Indies start with the clear advantage of playing at home, and also having played a great deal more international cricket in the last 12 months than Zimbabwe have. They are without Chris Gayle or Darren Sammy for this game - both of whom have been rested - and so in terms of experience, there's not a great deal to separate these two sides.

0.1

Jarvis to Charles, 1 run, Jarvis lands a little short of a length first up, and Charles nudges a single down to fine leg off the hip. Not a lot of movement, and it looks a slow track.

0.2

Jarvis to Powell, no run, A better length from Jarvis, fuller and straighter and Powell is struck him on the knee-roll.

0.3

Jarvis to Powell, no run, There's some shape for the bowler, back in through the air to the left-hander. It's met with solid defense.

0.4

Jarvis to Powell, no run, Well bowled. Nicely straight, and Powell defends. Jarvis is feeling his way into this spell, and this delivery is bowled at 128kph.

0.5

Jarvis to Powell, no run, Another probing length delivery from Jarvis, this one at 130kph. Powell defends

0.6

Jarvis to Powell, FOUR, Runs this time! Too short from Jarvis, and Powell swivels to pull the ball powerfully out into the deep square leg region ... Mpofu races round from fine leg, but a slightly uneven outfield gets the better of him and the ball bounces past him. It wasn't the most athletic effort ...

End of over 1 (5 runs) West Indies 5/0
KOA Powell    4* (5b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-5-0
J Charles    1* (1b)     

Interestingly, Prosper Utseya will share the new ball.

1.1

Utseya to Charles, no run, Cracked to cover, but straight to the fielder. Dot ball to start from the player they call "Mr. Dots".

1.2

Utseya to Charles, no run, looped up nice and high from Utseya, the ball hanging on the breeze and Charles defending.

1.3

Utseya to Charles, no run, Yet more defense from the doughty right-hander.

1.4

Utseya to Charles, no run, And another one. Utseya is stringing dot balls together very well.

1.5

Utseya to Charles, 2 runs, Too wide from Utseya, and a sliced cut runs down to third man.

1.6

Utseya to Charles, 1 wide, Fired fast and flat down the leg side.

1.6

Utseya to Charles, no run, And a good finish to a solid first over. Dot ball.

End of over 2 (3 runs) West Indies 8/0
J Charles    3* (7b)      P Utseya    1-0-3-0
KOA Powell    4* (5b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-5-0

2.1

Jarvis to Powell, no run, Appeal for lbw! That pitched in line and swung back in to beat Powell's defensive push ... but it's struck him a little too high and it's not out. Good decision from the umpire.

2.2

Jarvis to Powell, 1 run, Jarvis offers some width, and Powell stands tall and opens the face to run a single through gully.

2.3

Jarvis to Charles, no run, this has been a good start from Jarvis. On a length, a hint of wobble, and Charles defends.

2.4

Jarvis to Charles, no run, full, swinging and this time Charles has a drive. He's not quite to the pitch of it, and an inside edge thuds into his pad.

2.5

Jarvis to Charles, no run, Yet more defense. These West Indies openers are being very watchful.

2.6

Jarvis to Charles, no run, quicker and fuller from Jarvis. Was he aiming for the yorker? Charles struck on the foot, but the ball was clearly slipping down leg.

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 9/0
J Charles    3* (11b)      KM Jarvis    2-0-6-0
KOA Powell    5* (7b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-3-0

Utseya continues.

3.1

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, landing quite far outside leg and turning across the left-hander, who presses forward and nudges a single behind square on the leg side.

3.2

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, driven hard down to long on, where there is a fielder in place.

3.3

Utseya to Powell, no run, Powell looks for a drop-and-run single to cover, but the fielder is in quickly and there's none to be had.

3.4

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, this time Powell uses his feet, jumping out and driving down to the man at long off.

3.5

Utseya to Charles, no run, watchful defense from Charles. He's a hit-or-block sort of player, and at the moment he's blocking.

3.6

Utseya to Charles, FOUR, there's a shot! Charles charges out and bludgeons a drive up and over cover.

End of over 4 (7 runs) West Indies 16/0
J Charles    8* (14b 1x4)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0
KOA Powell    7* (10b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    2-0-6-0

4.1

Jarvis to Powell, 1 run, chopped down through gully, and they rush through for one.

4.2

Jarvis to Charles, no run, full and straight, flicked into the leg side but straight at the fielder.

4.3

Jarvis to Charles, no run, a slower ball from Jarvis! It came out at just 101kph, and Charles drove it to mid-on.

4.4

Jarvis to Charles, no run, Charles starts shuffling away to leg before the ball is even bowled, but Jarvis follows him with a full, yorker length delivery. Swiped into the leg side.

4.5

Jarvis to Charles, 2 runs, timing, rather than power from Charles as he flicks into the leg side. He threads the gap in front of square leg, and they take two runs.

4.6

Jarvis to Charles, 2 runs, big shot! Charles made room and aimed to send this into orbit. He got rather too much underneath it, however, and the ball went very high ... and plugged in the outfield not a yard from the boundary. Not the quickest outfield this, then.

End of over 5 (5 runs) West Indies 21/0
J Charles    12* (19b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    3-0-11-0
KOA Powell    8* (11b 1x4)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0

Will the batsmen use their feet to target the spinner in this over once again?

5.1

Utseya to Powell, no run, lovely, oldschool flight from Utseya, who draws Powell forward in defense.

5.2

Utseya to Powell, SIX, shot! Powell skips out, gets to the pitch and smites a mighty blow over wide long on.

5.3

Utseya to Powell, no run, flatter from Utseya, and this time Powell defends.

5.4

Utseya to Powell, FOUR, horrid misfield from Ervine! Again Powell charged the bowler, but this time made room and drove through cover. Ervine was out on the boundary and ran round to stop the shot, but lazily put his hand down and the ball bounced past him. Again, not the greatest effort.

5.5

Utseya to Powell, no run, left alone outside off.

5.6

Utseya to Powell, no run, and solid defense to end the over.

End of over 6 (10 runs) West Indies 31/0
KOA Powell    18* (17b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-20-0
J Charles    12* (19b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    3-0-11-0

6.1

Jarvis to Charles, no run, on a length and nicely straight. Pushed into the off side.

Here's a word from Senator David Coltart, Zimbabwe's sports minister. Nice to hear from you: "Zimbabwe's lack of international match practice will make this game difficult but there is so much talent in the side that they could easily surprise Windies. Good luck Zimbabwe - we are all behind you!"

6.2

Jarvis to Charles, 1 run, another slower ball from Jarvis, but this one is a bouncer. Charles reads it and pulls to leg.

6.3

Jarvis to Powell, no run, full, straight, and met with an equally straight bat.

6.4

Jarvis to Powell, no run, was this the offcutter? Bowled at just over 124kph by Jarvis, and it lands full and wide and leaves the left-hander off the pitch. Powell throws himself into a booming drive, and is beaten.

"Hey Liam, so happy to see you here. you are one of my favourite ball-to-ball commentators at Cricinfo. i guess your last match as a commentator was the New Zealand versus Zimbabwe match, which was a real thriller." In fact, Sunny, I wasn't on commentary for that game but I do remember it.

6.5

Jarvis to Powell, no run, full again, and this time Powell reacts with a more restrained drive. Stopped at cover.

6.6

Jarvis to Powell, FOUR, a slower ball gone wrong! Jarvis is trying all sorts of variations in this opening spell, and until now they've worked. This back-of-the-hand slower one slips out as a high full toss, and Powell shellacked it over wide mid-on.

End of over 7 (5 runs) West Indies 36/0
KOA Powell    22* (21b 3x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    4-0-16-0
J Charles    13* (21b 1x4)      P Utseya    3-0-20-0

A change in the attack, here's Chris Mpofu.

7.1

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, he aims at Charles' middle stump to start, and the right-hander tucks a single to leg.

7.2

Mpofu to Powell, FOUR, spanked through cover! A gentle, wide half volley from Mpofu, at 125kph, and it's met with Powell's scything blade. Straight through the gap, and away for four.

7.3

Mpofu to Powell, no run, again pitched up to the bat, but this time the drive finds mid-off.

7.4

Mpofu to Powell, FOUR, another boundary, and West Indies' openers are flying now. Powell seizes on width and a lack of pace and slices a square drive through point.

Mpofu switches to round the wicket.

7.5

Mpofu to Powell, no run, a better length from Mpofu as he changes the line of the attack, Powell stepping forward but leaving the ball alone outside off.

7.6

Mpofu to Powell, 1 run, chopped down to third man to end the over.

End of over 8 (10 runs) West Indies 46/0
KOA Powell    31* (26b 5x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    1-0-10-0
J Charles    14* (22b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    4-0-16-0

After a controlled start, Zimbabwe are flagging. An early wicket would be just the boon they need ...

8.1

Jarvis to Powell, no run, and Jarvis almost provides! He beats Powell's outside edge with a lovely delivery, the best of the day so far. The line meant the left-hander had to play, but the movement meant he couldn't get anything on it.

8.2

Jarvis to Powell, no run, a little wider from Jarvis, and Powell leaves this one alone.

8.3

Jarvis to Powell, no run, on a length and straight, with a hint of curve back in towards the bat. Powell puts his right foot forward and defends.

8.4

Jarvis to Powell, no run, Jarvis' line strays a little towards leg stump, but he's not punished as Powell is hit on the thigh.

8.5

Jarvis to Powell, no run, on a length, and leaving the left-hander at 127kph. Powell has a look, and shoulders arms.

Seansie writes in again: "Great to hear from the minister, always a fan! Zim need a wicket to settle their nerves one feels...That calls for my jig, usually does the trick..."

8.6

Jarvis to Powell, no run, Jarvis ends a superb over with another pinpoint delivery, on a length and in the channel on off stump. Powell defends, and that's a maiden.

End of over 9 (maiden) West Indies 46/0
KOA Powell    31* (32b 5x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    5-1-16-0
J Charles    14* (22b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-10-0

9.1

Mpofu to Charles, 2 runs, this outfield must be really soggy after the overnight rain. Charles meets the first delivery of Mpofu's second over with a mighty heave to midwicket ... where the ball again plugs in the outfield. That looked like a certain boundary. It landed about a metre away from the rope.

9.2

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, a nicely-timed push into the off side results in a single.

9.3

Mpofu to Powell, 1 run, chopped down through gully for one more.

9.4

Mpofu to Charles, FOUR, Mpofu has been all over the place, and this is an atrocious delivery. A gentle leg-stump half-volley at 120kph, with fine leg up in the circle, and he's easily flicked for four.

9.5

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, that's more like it! This time Mpofu bends his back, landing the ball on a great length and at a good pace too - 133kph - to find Charles' outside edge. There's no slip in place, and the ball is stopped at third man.

9.6

Mpofu to Powell, 1 run, Mpofu comes round the wicket to Powell, who punches into the leg side.

End of over 10 (10 runs) West Indies 56/0
KOA Powell    33* (34b 5x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-20-0
J Charles    22* (26b 2x4)      KM Jarvis    5-1-16-0

The opening Powerplay is done with, and West Indies have laid a great platform from which to attack. There's going to be a change in the bowling, with Chamu Chibhabha coming into the attack.

10.1

Chibhabha to Powell, no run, he hits a shortish length outside off to start, Powell standing tall to work the ball to cover.

Matt Richardson has this: "I would much rather see two 'not so strong' (lack of better words sorry) teams play eachother then a lop-sided contest between a weaker and stronger side. It provides fans with a contest and both teams have more confidence going into the match that they can win aswell as providing both teams and oppurtunity to play."

10.2

Chibhabha to Powell, no run, fuller and wider from Chibhabha, Powell stepping forward but leaving alone. Taylor, who is up to the stumps, likes that one.

10.3

Chibhabha to Powell, 1 run, now a single comes, Powell using the bottom hand to flick to leg.

10.4

Chibhabha to Charles, no run, Charles leans forward to drive, and does so without much timing.

10.5

Chibhabha to Charles, 1 run, a little more timing in this stroke, and better placement too. A single is taken.

10.6

Chibhabha to Powell, 1 run, an offcutter lands on leg stump, but is nudged straight to the fielder to end the over.

Good start from Chibhabha.

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 59/0
KOA Powell    35* (38b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-3-0
J Charles    23* (28b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-20-0

Utseya returns to the attack now. He didn't find too much purchase early on.

11.1

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, wrong line from the bowler, too far outside leg, and Powell nudges him into the leg side for runs.

11.2

Utseya to Charles, no run, tucked to leg for a single

11.3

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, tip-and-run to cover

11.4

Utseya to Powell, 1 run

11.5

Utseya to Charles, SIX, a huge hit to end the over! Flighted up outside off by Utseya, and Charles bends into a slog sweep that sends the ball arcing high over long on.

11.6

Utseya to Charles, no run

End of over 12 (9 runs) West Indies 68/0
J Charles    30* (32b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-0-29-0
KOA Powell    37* (40b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-3-0

12.1

Chibhabha to Powell, no run

12.2

Chibhabha to Powell, no run

12.3

Chibhabha to Powell, FOUR, poor line from Chibhabha, and much too short. He doesn't have the pace to trouble Powell, who pulls down to fine leg for four.

12.4

Chibhabha to Powell, 1 run, run down to third man to follow up

12.5

Chibhabha to Charles, 1 run, driven through cover, another one to the total.

12.6

Chibhabha to Powell, no run, but a good length delivery to end the over with a dot ball.

End of over 13 (6 runs) West Indies 74/0
KOA Powell    42* (45b 6x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-9-0
J Charles    31* (33b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-0-29-0

13.1

Utseya to Charles, no run, defended into the off side

13.2

Utseya to Charles, no run, driven back to the bowler, who fields cleanly.

13.3

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, turned with the spin to square leg for a single.

13.4

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, Powell uses his feet, and drives down to long on.

13.5

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, flicked through midwicket for a single.

13.6

Utseya to Powell, no run, Powell gets back and across to drive back to the bowler.

End of over 14 (3 runs) West Indies 77/0
KOA Powell    43* (47b 6x4 1x6)      P Utseya    5-0-32-0
J Charles    33* (37b 2x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-9-0

Natsai Mushangwe comes into the attack. It'll be very interesting to see how he's progressed. He's a very promising young leggie.

14.1

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, some turn straight away! Pitched on leg, spinning towards middle. Charles defends.

14.2

Mushangwe to Charles, 2 runs, there's some excitement as Charles gets well forward to sweep, but he gets bat on it to send the ball down to fine leg.

14.3

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, another sweep, and more runs to be had.

14.4

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, Powell's feet don't move an inch but he gets a good connection to drive to long off.

14.5

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, sliced in the air, but safely! Charles was aiming to lift him down the ground, but drift and spin took the ball towards the outer half of his bat. Fortunately for him, the ball landed safely.

14.6

Mushangwe to Powell, 2 byes, superb delivery to end! Drift, grip and spin, and both batsman and keeper are beaten. That spun miles.

End of over 15 (7 runs) West Indies 84/0
KOA Powell    44* (49b 6x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    1-0-5-0
J Charles    37* (41b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    5-0-32-0

15.1

Utseya to Charles, no run, driven hard, but straight back to the bowler.

15.2

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, dropped! Well, good effort from Sibanda, but he can't hold on. Charles struck the ball firmly towards midwicket, where the fielder leapt and got a hand to it, but the chance went down.

15.3

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, punched to cover for one.

15.4

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, spinning down the leg side, turned away for a single by Charles.

15.5

Utseya to Powell, 1 run, confusion in the running! Powell tapped the ball towards cover and looked for a single, there was some hesitation and Chibhabha came charging in ... Eventually the batsmen set off for a run, and the fielder's shy went wide at the non-striker's end. That was mighty close.

15.6

Utseya to Charles, no run, glanced to fine leg to end the over.

End of over 16 (4 runs) West Indies 88/0
J Charles    39* (45b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    6-0-36-0
KOA Powell    46* (51b 6x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    1-0-5-0

16.1

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, Powell begins the over by shimmying down the track and aiming to launch Mushangwe over midwicket, but he's beaten in the flight and struck on the pad.

16.2

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, nicely bowled once again, and Powell defends.

16.3

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, swept hard out to midwicket, where there is cover.

16.4

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, driven straight to the man at cover.

16.5

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, punched down to long off, and they ease through for a single.

Takudzwa Dhlandhlara: "Would have really loved to see Elton Chigumbura play in these conditions!!!! All the same, go Zim!!!!"

16.6

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, a little too straight from Mushangwe, and Powell places him through square leg.

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 91/0
KOA Powell    47* (55b 6x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    2-0-8-0
J Charles    40* (47b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    6-0-36-0

Now, this could be interesting. Hamilton Masakadza is coming on to bowl.

17.1

Masakadza to Powell, no run, good start, straight and on a length. Defended.

17.2

Masakadza to Powell, no run, more defense from Powell.

17.3

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, pitched up to Powell, who smashes the ball back down the track, almost taking out his batting partner.

17.4

Masakadza to Charles, 1 run, too straight from Masakadza, and there's a run to be had to fine leg.

17.5

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, pushed through cover for a quick single.

17.6

Masakadza to Charles, no run, driven straight back to the bowler, who fields cleanly. A tidy first over of medium pace from Masakadza.

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 94/0
J Charles    41* (49b 2x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    1-0-3-0
KOA Powell    49* (59b 6x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    2-0-8-0

Mushangwe continues.

18.1

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, driven back to the bowler.

18.2

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, he's got a googly! This one comes out of the back of the hand, and isn't picked by Powell, who is beaten.

18.3

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, turned to square leg, where there is a fielder in place.

18.4

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, flicked with the spin towards midwicket this time, where the fielder makes a tumbling stop.

18.5

Mushangwe to Powell, 3 runs, fifty for Powell! He gets there with a lofted drive over extra cover, the ball plugging in the outfield once again.

18.6

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, a slog sweep from Charles, but it's not the greatest connection.

End of over 19 (4 runs) West Indies 98/0
J Charles    42* (50b 2x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    3-0-12-0
KOA Powell    52* (64b 6x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    1-0-3-0

19.1

Masakadza to Charles, no run, Charles comes down the track, but is beaten by the lack of pace from Masakadza and struck on the pad. "Well bowled Hammy," says Taylor.

19.2

Masakadza to Charles, no run, beaten on the cut! Was that the legcutter? A hint of extra bounce too.

19.3

Masakadza to Charles, no run, and another! This one was definitely a legcutter, and it grips and turns past the bat.

Ravi: "@ Mark. Great point but you only get better by playing the best."

19.4

Masakadza to Charles, FOUR, poor delivery to follow that up though! He'd done so well, but gives it away with a gentle leg-stump delivery that is easily glanced for four. Fine leg was up in the circle and never had a chance.

Joseph : "A wicket or two will certainly rock the West Indies and see them go out for under 250. An I do mean to JINX them !!!"

19.5

Masakadza to Charles, 1 run, flicked into the leg side, and a single is taken.

19.6

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, turned to leg to end the over.

And that'll be drinks in Grenada. Time for me to rest my smoking fingers! West Indies have bossed proceedings so far, and they look set for an imposing total despite the very sluggish outfield.

End of over 20 (6 runs) West Indies 104/0
KOA Powell    53* (65b 6x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    2-0-9-0
J Charles    47* (55b 3x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    3-0-12-0

Andrew: "Hi Liam. There were mysterious reports from Bangladesh on Taylor's 'illness'. Can you give us more of an idea what this was? He appears to have recovered now. Hopefully he will continue here where he left off in BPL!"

20.1

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, Mushangwe continues, and Powell steps back to trash a cut to point.

Andrew, from what we've heard it was a combination of a viral infection and jetlag. He did indeed put in a good show at the BPL. Four fifties I believe.

20.2

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, Powell looks like he wants to get a move on after the drinks break. Again he's on the back foot and this time pulls to midwicket.

20.3

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, pushed to cover point by Charles, and the fielders swoop in ... but there's a collision! It's very minor, and Sibanda limps for a few moments, but he's fine.

20.4

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, spinning in, but from too wide outside off. Powell opens the blade and runs it down to third man.

20.5

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, Charles sweeps, but the ball dips under the bat and he's hit on the pad. He's struck well outside off, and there is no appeal.

Johannes Sammy : "good platform to build on go on Johno we love u another big one again today"

20.6

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, chopped down to backward point, where the fielder stops it cleanly.

End of over 21 (3 runs) West Indies 107/0
J Charles    48* (58b 3x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    4-0-15-0
KOA Powell    55* (68b 6x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    2-0-9-0

Masakadza to continue. Zimbabwe's bowling looks a little light without a true allrounder in the side. Oh Elton, where art thou?

21.1

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, wide, very wide to start outside off. If Powell had left that alone it would've been an extra, but he carves out to deep cover for a single.

21.2

Masakadza to Charles, no run, this is a much better ball, and Charles can't get it away.

21.3

Masakadza to Charles, no run, again Charles looks to thread the gap on the leg side, but he finds midwicket.

21.4

Masakadza to Charles, 1 run, Charles sets himself for a sweep, having racked up a couple of dot balls, but he can't execute it. Has that come off the bat or the pad? Either way, they take a single. The ball looped up and over Taylor, and fine leg rushed in.

21.5

Masakadza to Powell, 2 runs, heaved into the leg side! That went really high, and there were two men out in the deep trying to get themselves into position to take the catch. Fortunately for Powell, the ball fell safely between them.

21.6

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, turned in front of square for a single to end the over.

End of over 22 (5 runs) West Indies 112/0
KOA Powell    59* (71b 6x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    3-0-14-0
J Charles    49* (61b 3x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    4-0-15-0

22.1

Mushangwe to Powell, FOUR, punched firmly off the back foot, and through the gap at cover. All of the outfielders are on the leg side, and that's four.

22.2

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, a better line from Mushangwe, and Powell can't get this one away.

22.3

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, Powell glides the ball to short third man for a single.

22.4

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, Charles misses with the flick, and is struck on the pad. He's just one away from the fifty, but there's no single to be had.

22.5

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, there it is! A fifty for Johnson Charles. He sweeps to short fine leg, where the fielder dives but can't stop the single.

22.6

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, played with the spin into the leg side.

End of over 23 (7 runs) West Indies 119/0
KOA Powell    65* (75b 7x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    5-0-22-0
J Charles    50* (63b 3x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    3-0-14-0

23.1

Masakadza to Powell, 1 run, Masakadza continues to plug away on a length outside off stump. Charles can't get it away.

23.2

Masakadza to Charles, FOUR, poor line, drifting down the leg side and with fine leg up in the circle that's free runs.

23.3

Masakadza to Charles, FOUR, four more! This time Charles makes room and smokes a lofted drive through extra cover.

23.4

Masakadza to Charles, no run, chopped down towards point, where the ball is stopped.

23.5

Masakadza to Charles, no run, third man is also up in the circle, and Charles was looking to run this one past him. It's the legcutter, though, and he can't lay bat on it.

23.6

Masakadza to Charles, FOUR, another boundary! Masakadza is leaking runs here. Charles sweeps and the ball pings out of the middle.

Zimbabwe are definitely going to need that seventh batsman now. The part-time bowling of Masakadza has cost runs, and Mpofu appears to be having an off day.

End of over 24 (13 runs) West Indies 132/0
J Charles    62* (68b 6x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    4-0-27-0
KOA Powell    66* (76b 7x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    5-0-22-0

Malcolm Waller into the attack now, with his offspin. He took 3 for 8 in two overs in the warm-up game.

24.1

Waller to Powell, 1 run, driven hard out to long off.

24.2

Waller to Charles, FOUR, a filthy long hop outside off gets what it deserves: Charles cuts and the ball races to the cover point boundary.

24.3

Waller to Charles, FOUR, and another! Waller isn't bowling to his field, or any field Taylor could set, for that matter. Another short, wide delivery is spanked to the boundary.

24.4

Waller to Charles, no run, that's better. Fuller, and straighter, and it's driven back to the bowler.

24.5

Waller to Charles, 1 run, Charles leans forward to thread a drive through cover. Just the single this time.

24.6

Waller to Powell, no run, Powell guides the ball to short third man off the face of the bat, and asks for a single, but there's none to be had as the ball goes straight to the fielder.

Matt Zulu: "Goes to show that Zim lacks pace and a genuine spinner,too many part timers in the team.but all the same come Zim!!"

End of over 25 (10 runs) West Indies 142/0
KOA Powell    67* (78b 7x4 1x6)      MN Waller    1-0-10-0
J Charles    71* (72b 8x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    4-0-27-0

25.1

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run

25.2

Mushangwe to Powell, no run

25.3

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run

25.4

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run

25.5

Mushangwe to Powell, SIX, just over the fielder! Powell lofted down the ground, and Chibhabha on the boundary leapt up but it was just over him.

25.6

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run

End of over 26 (10 runs) West Indies 152/0
KOA Powell    75* (82b 7x4 2x6)      N Mushangwe    6-0-32-0
J Charles    73* (74b 8x4 1x6)      MN Waller    1-0-10-0

26.1

Waller to Powell, 1 run

26.2

Waller to Charles, no run

Mushangwe back into the attack now. He and Jarvis have been the pick of the bowlers today, but Powell and Charles have been magnificent and they're going to be hard to stop.

26.3

Waller to Charles, 1 run

26.4

Waller to Powell, 1 run

26.5

Waller to Charles, 1 run

26.6

Waller to Powell, 1 run

End of over 27 (5 runs) West Indies 157/0
KOA Powell    78* (85b 7x4 2x6)      MN Waller    2-0-15-0
J Charles    75* (77b 8x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    6-0-32-0

27.1

Mushangwe to Powell, no run, Powell advances down the pitch to Mushangwe, but the bowler spots him and adjusts his length.

Andrew: "@Matt Zulu. How can you say Zim lacks a 'genuine' spinner? Ever heard of Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Proper Utseya, not to mention the young Mushangwe? As course, you are correct about the pace!"

27.2

Mushangwe to Powell, 1 run, driven down to long on for a single.

27.3

Mushangwe to Charles, no run, Charles sweeps this time, but the stroke finds the fielder at short fine leg.

27.4

Mushangwe to Charles, FOUR, shot! Charles makes room and Mushangwe attempts to follow him, but lands a half volley in front of the batsman, who lifts it down the ground for four more. Zimbabwe are unraveling just a little.

27.5

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, flicked to square leg. The fielder hurls a shy at Mushangwe, who can't stop it cleanly and is left holding his hand after taking a stinging blow to the finger. Worse still, the misfield means there are overthrows to be had.

27.6

Mushangwe to Powell, 2 runs, again turned into the leg side.

Zimbabwe need a flash of inspiration from somewhere. The wheels are in danger of coming off.

End of over 28 (8 runs) West Indies 165/0
KOA Powell    81* (88b 7x4 2x6)      N Mushangwe    7-0-40-0
J Charles    80* (80b 9x4 1x6)      MN Waller    2-0-15-0

Brendan Taylor recalls Chris Mpofu, who has a lot to make up for after a shoddy first spell.

28.1

Mpofu to Charles, 2 runs, Charles pulls, but he's early in the stroke and the ball goes in the air in front of square, landing in front of midwicket.

28.2

Mpofu to Charles, no run, short once again, but a little quicker this time and Charles' pull is a little hurried.

28.3

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run

Mpofu is put off his rhythm as a massive gust of wind blows over the ground, and will have to start his run-up again.

28.4

Mpofu to Powell, OUT, a wicket, against the run of play! Mpofu slung down another short one, and Powell stepped back and across to pull without bothering to keep the ball down. Ervine was out at deep square leg, and he held onto a simple catch. There's barely any celebration from Mpofu, who clearly isn't having the best day.

KOA Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 79 (106m 88b 7x4 2x6) SR: 89.77

28.5

Mpofu to Charles, no run, a slower cutter is driven towards mid-on.

28.6

Mpofu to Charles, no run, and Charles gets half forward to stroke the ball into the covers, where it's stopped by a fielder.

luke: "I'm not sure Zulu ... Jarvis has pace, and bobby 'usually' bowls with a bit of nouse (not a great 2 overs though). and as far as spin goes M'shangwe's been working hard and he gets turn in Zim - haven't seen any of this though!! of Course Cremer turns it, Rainsford had a season good enough to be in this team and even when erratic Elton should be in in place of Chamu ... im(not particularly)ho!"

End of over 29 (3 runs) West Indies 168/1
J Charles    85* (86b 9x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    3-0-23-1
DM Bravo    0* (0b)      N Mushangwe    7-0-40-0

Chamu Chibhabha comes back into the attack.

29.1

Chibhabha to DM Bravo, 2 runs, similarly to Masakadza, when he settles into a wicket-to-wicket line he can be hard to get away. This is driven, but finds the field.

29.2

Chibhabha to DM Bravo, no run, a slow cutter is met with the full face of the bat.

29.3

Chibhabha to DM Bravo, no run, defended by Bravo.

29.4

Chibhabha to DM Bravo, 1 run, a slower ball slips out as a high full toss, with Bravo clubs into the leg side.

29.5

Chibhabha to Charles, SIX, shot! That's a marvelous, imperious stroke. Chibhabha offered a throwdown delivery, a long half-volley, and Charles just eased it over wide long off for six. Didn't overhit it, just timed it supremely.

29.6

Chibhabha to Charles, 1 run, nurdled to leg for a single to keep the strike. Charles just eight away from the ton now.

End of over 30 (10 runs) West Indies 178/1
J Charles    92* (88b 9x4 2x6)      CJ Chibhabha    3-0-19-0
DM Bravo    3* (4b)      CB Mpofu    3-0-23-1

30.1

Mpofu to Charles, 1 wide, Mpofu continues, and slings a wide down the leg side to begin.

30.1

Mpofu to Charles, no run, this one is a little straighter, but is still heading towards the leg side and Charles works it in that direction, but find the field.

30.2

Mpofu to Charles, FOUR, a gentle short delivery, a meaty pull, and a misfield. We've seen that combination more than once today. Charles moves to within one stroke of the century with a pulled four.

30.3

Mpofu to Charles, no run, Mpofu's lines have gone completely awry. Again he spears this down the leg side, but fortunately for the bowler it clips the pad - otherwise it would have been a wide.

James: "Just looking over J Charles stats and I notice in only 17 ODIs with a batting average of 19.3. Doing a fantastic job today and with that century against Aus, but just curious as to how did he earn that initial call-up to the ODI squad?"

30.4

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, full and straight, this time Charles does find the gap on the leg side and a single results.

30.5

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, just a hint of width offered outside off, and Bravo glides a single through gully.

30.6

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, the point fielder gets a hand on a cut, taking some of the power out of it and stopping a boundary.

Sebastian Lee: "A run a ball will get WI to 300, its important for them not to waste this good start by setting their sights too high"

End of over 31 (8 runs) West Indies 186/1
J Charles    98* (93b 10x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    4-0-31-1
DM Bravo    4* (5b)      CJ Chibhabha    3-0-19-0

31.1

Masakadza to Charles, 2 runs, a century for Johnson Charles! He chips a slow, looping delivery from Maskadza down the ground, and rushes back for the second.

This has been a practically chanceless knock from the West Indian opener. He's scored on both sides of the wicket, and apart from that hard chance put down by Sibanda, he's barely made an error.

31.2

Masakadza to Charles, 1 run, driven down to long on for a single.

archie: "Its wake up call for ZC.With the way our bowlers are performing, H Streak would have made a difference by giving guidance to the bowlers. I am very much dissapointed with you administrators"

31.3

Masakadza to DM Bravo, no run, Bravo looks to push a quicker, length delivery through point but he can't find the space for a single.

31.4

Masakadza to DM Bravo, 1 run, this time he does find the gap, and they sprint through.

31.5

Masakadza to Charles, no run, punched firmly, but straight to the fielder.

31.6

Masakadza to Charles, FOUR, and the over ends with another boundary! Charles makes room to the hapless Masakadza, and slams a drive through the motionless cover field. Cruising.

jigar: "Re James: Johnson Charles, a right-hand top-order batsman, elbowed his way into the West Indies ODI team in 2012 with a string of startling displays for the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament."

End of over 32 (8 runs) West Indies 194/1
J Charles    105* (97b 11x4 2x6)      H Masakadza    5-0-35-0
DM Bravo    5* (7b)      CB Mpofu    4-0-31-1

32.1

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run

32.2

Mpofu to Charles, no run, an offcutter from Mpofu takes the inner half of the bat, bobbling off the pad.

32.3

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, this one is wider, inviting a shot, and Charles guides a single to third man.

32.4

Mpofu to DM Bravo, FOUR, if you'd have asked Bravo what his ideal delivery to face is, this would probably be it. Very full, and quite wide outside off, from around the wicket. Bravo clears the front leg and slams a good-looking drive over extra cover. Flat and hard.

32.5

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, Mpofu re-adjusts his length, and this time the shot isn't on for Bravo.

32.6

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, close! Bravo tapped the ball towards Sibanda at backward point and the batsmen set off. Charles sprinted hard and put in the dive once he got close, but had Sibanda's throw hit he would have been out.

End of over 33 (7 runs) West Indies 201/1
DM Bravo    11* (11b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-38-1
J Charles    106* (99b 11x4 2x6)      H Masakadza    5-0-35-0

33.1

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, looped up high, Bravo pushes back to the bowler.

33.2

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, a little flatter through the air this time, and Bravo works it watchfully to leg.

33.3

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, well bowled once again. Mushangwe's strength, it would appear, is his control. He offers Bravo nothing to hit.

33.4

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, pitching and spinning in, Bravo defends.

33.5

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, this lands a little wider, but turns in and Bravo can't get the shot away.

33.6

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, this is what Zimbabwe need. Mushangwe lands another one on a good length, and Bravo defends to complete the maiden.

End of over 34 (maiden) West Indies 201/1
DM Bravo    11* (17b 1x4)      N Mushangwe    8-1-40-0
J Charles    106* (99b 11x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    5-0-38-1

34.1

Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, an offcutter starts on middle and heads towards leg, and is flicked down to fine leg.

34.2

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, just short of a good length and rising off the pitch, having been bowled at 125.9kph, and Bravo stands tall to punch to point.

34.3

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, a slower one from Mpofu, from round the wicket, and Bravo reads it - just about - to defend back down the track.

34.4

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, quicker this time, and a touch wider, but Bravo's watchful stroke is stopped at point.

34.5

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, pitching on a length, from around the wicket, and seaming in to the left-hander, who nudges to leg off the splice. No run to be had.

34.6

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, a good delivery to end with, aimed right at the top of off and Bravo can only defend.

Bravo is a notoriously slow starter, but his team can afford it in this position. He's had a good look now, and it's Powerplay time, so he's set to have a go. His partner, Johnson Charles, is even more well set and we'll definitely see some shots from him.

End of over 35 (1 run) West Indies 202/1
DM Bravo    11* (22b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-39-1
J Charles    107* (100b 11x4 2x6)      N Mushangwe    8-1-40-0

Mushangwe will continue, as the Powerplay is taken.

35.1

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 wide, he starts with a wrong 'un that is bowled flat and fast, but down the leg side.

35.1

Mushangwe to Charles, SIX, Charles slogs to midwicket, and gets this one right out of the middle! Mushangwe bowled this one much slower through the air, and Charles got down really low to slog-sweep. He hit that fiercely hard.

35.2

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, another firm sweep, but this one isn't airborne and a single is the result.

35.3

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, SIX, monstrous! Bravo has been muted, until now. He skips down to Mushangwe and sends the ball arcing straight back over the bowler's head, gunbarrel straight.

35.4

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, 1 run, close once again! There's been a little bit of indifferent running from the West Indies, but they are safely through for a single.

35.5

Mushangwe to Charles, 1 run, punched to leg, and another single

35.6

Mushangwe to DM Bravo, no run, a good finish for Mushangwe, but the damage has been done in this over.

End of over 36 (16 runs) West Indies 218/1
DM Bravo    18* (25b 1x4 1x6)      N Mushangwe    9-1-56-0
J Charles    115* (103b 11x4 3x6)      CB Mpofu    6-0-39-1

36.1

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, taken on the full and driven very hard down to long on.

36.2

Utseya to DM Bravo, no run, Bravo steps back and away to make room, but his cut is stopped at cover point.

36.3

Utseya to DM Bravo, 3 runs, close again! Bravo cut in the air this time, and the ball curled towards Waller at cover point. He was in two minds as to whether to go for the catch or stop the shot, and in the end he did neither.

36.4

Utseya to Charles, 1 run, eased out into the deep on the leg side, where the field is spread.

36.5

Utseya to DM Bravo, FOUR, much too short from Utseya, and Bravo has plenty of time to rock back and pick the gap at extra cover with a firm backfoot punch. All of Utseya's protection is on the leg side, so that's four.

36.6

Utseya to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo stays deep in his crease to work this one away and keep the strike.

End of over 37 (10 runs) West Indies 228/1
DM Bravo    26* (29b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    7-0-45-0
J Charles    117* (105b 11x4 3x6)      N Mushangwe    9-1-56-0

Taylor turns to Jarvis, who looked good with the new ball.

37.1

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, Jarvis starts with a full toss that is clubbed down to the fielder at long off.

Jarvis walks back to his mark but then trots back to the umpire to show him the ball. It appears there's a thread loose, or some such. Probably from the pounding this ball has taken.

37.2

Jarvis to Charles, no run, again Jarvis strains for the yorker, and it's a full toss but it's low and swinging in towards Charles, who was looking to paddle the ball to leg, and is hit on the back foot. There's an emotive, pleading appeal and he's given! Charles looks like he's going to walk off, but Bravo suggests he asks for a review ... and that's good advice! Replays show the ball would have missed leg, and so the umpire's decision is reversed.

37.3

Jarvis to Charles, 2 runs, rising off a length, and Charles stands tall to aim a slap-cut into the covers. A loose-wristed, slightly wild shot.

37.4

Jarvis to Charles, 1 run, Charles stays deep in his crease and bunts a full ball down the ground for a single.

37.5

Jarvis to DM Bravo, no run, very full and swinging, Bravo makes room and takes it on the full, right out of the middle of the bat ... but the shot finds Utseya, who just about stops it - and does well to save what would have been a boundary.

37.6

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, a slower ball, and it's an offcutter. Bravo stands up to guide it to gully.

Shahid Majeed: "Gayle was the same type of player in his early days as Charless is, hope he could develop like him."

End of over 38 (5 runs) West Indies 233/1
DM Bravo    28* (32b 2x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    6-1-21-0
J Charles    120* (108b 11x4 3x6)      P Utseya    7-0-45-0

38.1

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, a wild heave from Bravo, and he's much to early into the shot as it's a slower ball from Mpofu. There's a noise as ball passes bat, but it was delivered so slowly that it bounces well in front of Taylor.

James: "Jarvis has been Zim's best bowler by a mile today. Going at less than 3.5, and all others over 6."

38.2

Mpofu to DM Bravo, FOUR, well, Taylor has a man out on the cover boundary for Mpofu, but he could do nothing about this. Mpofu was aiming to slip a wide yorker under the bat, but Bravo stayed deep in his crease to smoke a drive past extra cover. The man in the deep charged round, but couldn't get to it.

38.3

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, this is good from Bravo. Having scored the boundary, he rotates the strike with a single.

38.4

Mpofu to Charles, FOUR, dispatched! It was another cutter from Mpofu, and Charles fetched it from outside off with a massive hoick across the line.

38.5

Mpofu to Charles, SIX, even further! Charles back right away to leg and Mpofu tried to follow him, but the batsman went through with the stroke in majestic style, picking up a half-volley and lifting it well over the wide long on boundary. Johnson is on the charge!

38.6

Mpofu to Charles, OUT, gone this time! Finally Mpofu gets the yorker right, and he's rewarded immediately. Full, straight and swinging in. Charles plays over top of it, and his stumps are rattled.

J Charles b Mpofu 130 (152m 111b 12x4 4x6) SR: 117.11

And so ends a fantastic knock from Charles, his second one-day hundred in consecutive innings. He looked untroubled from the very start, offering one hard chance that was put down by Sibanda but otherwise completely bossing proceedings. The opportunity is taken for a drinks break after the wicket.

End of over 39 (15 runs) West Indies 248/2
     CB Mpofu    7-0-54-2
DM Bravo    33* (35b 3x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    6-1-21-0

dreamstar: "Johnson Charles is such an amazing player....imagine he doesn't have a first class hundred but now has back to back 100s"

39.1

Jarvis to DM Bravo, no run, good start to the over from Jarvis, zoning in on Bravo's feet with a yorker.

As expected, West Indies have shunted one of their hitters up the order. Andre Russell is at the crease, and he won't waste too much time playing himself in.

39.2

Jarvis to DM Bravo, (no ball) FOUR, oh dear. Well, he started with a good delivery, but the follow-up is utterly horrid. He loses all control, sending down a beamer outside off that Bravo flays to the cover boundary. It was unintended, and Jarvis is quick to tell the batsman so.

39.2

Jarvis to DM Bravo, FOUR, Andre Russell's almost been cut in half! Jarvis offered up another full toss, this time a low one, and Bravo sent it scorching back down the ground, straight at the non-striker. Russell had to take evasive action, lest he be eviscerated!

39.3

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, a slower ball, and it's the offcutter. It's a little short, but Bravo picks it and swivels to pull out to midwicket.

39.4

Jarvis to Russell, 1 run, Russell heaves across the line to pick up a single down to long on.

39.5

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, another slower ball to Bravo, and again he does well to pick it - but can't really punish the bowler. Just the single.

Matt Richardson: "Taking nothing away from Charles, but his first century was very lucky and this one was against a weaker opposition. That being said, his innings was a very good one indeed."

39.6

Jarvis to Russell, 1 run, another low, swinging full toss ends the over. That isn't actually a bad delivery to bowl at this stage, and Russell can't get underneath it. Driven down to long on.

End of over 40 (13 runs) West Indies 261/2
AD Russell    2* (2b)      KM Jarvis    7-1-34-0
DM Bravo    43* (40b 5x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    7-0-54-2

With the Powerplay finished, Prosper Utseya is recalled to the attack.

40.1

Utseya to Russell, 1 leg bye, there's an appeal straight away as Russell makes a hash of an attempted sweep, but he's gloved it ... or rather, it hit him outside off.

40.2

Utseya to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo stays deep in his crease to force the ball away on the off side.

40.3

Utseya to Russell, no run, turned into the leg side, and straight to the fielder.

40.4

Utseya to Russell, 1 run, played with the spin once again, this time he picks the gap.

40.5

Utseya to DM Bravo, 1 run, looped down very wide outside off, Bravo slashes hard but top edges the stroke, which is stopped at short third man.

40.6

Utseya to Russell, 1 run, swiped into the leg side, where there's a man at deep mid-on who keeps them to a single.

End of over 41 (5 runs) West Indies 266/2
AD Russell    4* (6b)      P Utseya    8-0-49-0
DM Bravo    45* (42b 5x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    7-1-34-0

Mushangwe back as well now, to bowl his final over.

41.1

Mushangwe to Russell, no run, good start, some drift outside off and the drive goes to extra cover.

41.2

Mushangwe to Russell, no run, bowled flat and fast outside off, and really full. Russell swings, but the ball scoots under his bat and is stopped by Taylor.

41.3

Mushangwe to Russell, OUT, a maiden international wicket for Mushangwe! And it's come off a full toss. To be fair, it was low and dipping, and so Russell couldn't get underneath it to loft the stroke, and so his drive flew in the air towards Chakabva, who leapt forward to hold a sharp catch.

AD Russell c Chakabva b Mushangwe 4 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

41.4

Mushangwe to DJ Bravo, no run, driven to mid-off, "no run," says Taylor, and he isn't lying.

41.5

Mushangwe to DJ Bravo, no run, driven to mid-off once again, and another dot.

James: "Sarwan hasn't had much to do on his return to the side so far." Yes, at this rate he might not get a bat at all!

41.6

Mushangwe to DJ Bravo, no run, a little shorter, and flat through the air, the elder Bravo nudging straight to point.

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) West Indies 266/3
DJ Bravo    0* (3b)      N Mushangwe    10-2-56-1
DM Bravo    45* (42b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    8-0-49-0

42.1

Utseya to DM Bravo, 1 run, Utseya comes round the wicket to the younger Bravo, who turns a low full toss into the leg side.

42.2

Utseya to DJ Bravo, no run, dropped by Taylor! Dwayne was looking to angle the ball to third man, and it went on with the arm, running off the face of the bat. There was quite a deflection, so it wasn't the easiest chance, but a good keeper has got to hold those.

42.3

Utseya to DJ Bravo, no run, flicked with the spin into the leg side, finding the fielder.

42.4

Utseya to DJ Bravo, 1 run, Bravo stays back to punch through cover, and he's off the mark.

42.5

Utseya to DM Bravo, 2 runs, Darren Bravo stays very deep in his crease, and cuts towards cover point.

42.6

Utseya to DM Bravo, no run, another attempted cut, but this time there's some turn and bounce and the ball fizzes past the bat.

Dave Simpson: "@ Matt Richardson- When you consult the record books what you will find is not a lucky century or one against a weaker opposition, what really matters is the 3 digits, so just give Charles full credit. Let's just home that many more are on the way."

End of over 43 (4 runs) West Indies 270/3
DM Bravo    48* (45b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    9-0-53-0
DJ Bravo    1* (6b)      N Mushangwe    10-2-56-1

JD: "Re Dreamstar: and that too against the worlds best and the worst, proving he has the technique and the temperament."

43.1

Mpofu to DJ Bravo, 1 run, full and straight, Dwayne Bravo rolling his wrists over the ball to work a single into the leg side.

Natasha Martin: "I think cricket like baseball should have the mercy rule.." I'm not aware of this rule Natasha. Do tell me more.

43.2

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, Mpofu comes round the wicket to the left-hander, who pushes an offcutter to point.

43.3

Mpofu to DM Bravo, FOUR, fifty for Darren Bravo! He's chaperoned to the mark by Mpofu, who dishes up a short ball down the leg side with fine leg up in the circle. Bravo shuffles and sends a paddled pull down in that direction, collecting four.

43.4

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, a one-handed slash into the off side results in a single.

Matthew: "You do have to question Zimbabwean selection slightly here. They have a few really good bowlers that they could have picked, such as Glen Querl and Keegan Meth who have been in superb form this season. Don't quite understand why they've been left out." Matthew, the problem with Querl is that there are huge questions over the legitimacy of his action. Until he gets that sorted out, we won't see him in international cricket, no matter how many wickets he takes.

43.5

Mpofu to DJ Bravo, 1 run, full and straight, driven back towards the bowler who can't quite get down to it. Just the single.

43.6

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 2 runs, cracked into the off side, two runs taken.

End of over 44 (9 runs) West Indies 279/3
DM Bravo    55* (49b 6x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    8-0-63-2
DJ Bravo    3* (8b)      P Utseya    9-0-53-0

44.1

Utseya to DJ Bravo, no run, driven straight back to the bowler, who collects cleanly.

44.2

Utseya to DJ Bravo, 1 run, turned with the spin into the leg side.

44.3

Utseya to DM Bravo, no run, looped up outside off, Darren Bravo leaves alone.

44.4

Utseya to DM Bravo, FOUR, evasive action from the bowler! Bravo bludgeoned a drive straight down the ground, and hit it so hard that Utseya's thoughts were of self-preservation. Four runs.

44.5

Utseya to DM Bravo, 1 run, short and quite wide, spinning further away. Bravo slashes a cut, but just the one run out to the cover sweeper.

44.6

Utseya to DJ Bravo, 1 run, driven to long off for one.

End of over 45 (7 runs) West Indies 286/3
DJ Bravo    5* (11b)      P Utseya    10-0-60-0
DM Bravo    60* (52b 7x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    8-0-63-2

45.1

Jarvis to DJ Bravo, 1 run, a low full toss is biffed down the ground.

Riddymon: "The mercy rule: In international baseball competitions sanctioned by the IBAF, including Olympic competition and the World Baseball Classic (WBC), games are currently ended when one team is ahead by 10 runs, once at least seven completed innings are played by the trailing team. In women's competition, the same applies after five innings."

45.2

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, Jarvis clearly has a plan for Darren Bravo. He's bowled a series of shorter deliveries at him, mostly offcutters. This one is no different, and Bravo pulls to square leg with no great power.

45.3

Jarvis to DJ Bravo, 1 run, another slower one, another dipping full toss. Bravo leaps out at it and fetches the ball down to long on.

45.4

Jarvis to DM Bravo, SIX, another short one, and a quick one at 136.1kph, but this time Darren Bravo was waiting for it and spanks a pull in the air out to deep square leg ... there's a fielder there, but he runs in too far, and the ball flies over him and goes for six! There's a slow-mo replay of Jarvis after that effort, and it's easy to lipread what he thought of it. Waller the guilty party.

45.5

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 2 runs, hammered out into the deep, and they rush back for the second.

45.6

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, taken on the full, and Darren Bravo finds a single to keep the strike.

End of over 46 (12 runs) West Indies 298/3
DM Bravo    70* (56b 7x4 2x6)      KM Jarvis    8-1-46-0
DJ Bravo    7* (13b)      P Utseya    10-0-60-0

46.1

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, very full and very wide, Darren Bravo stretches out to square drive.

46.2

Mpofu to DJ Bravo, no run, Dwayne Bravo was aiming to hit this one out to the proverbial 'Row M', but lost all shape in the shot.

46.3

Mpofu to DJ Bravo, 1 run, another huge slash, this time one-handed, and it's edged towards Utseya at short third man ... but he drops it! It was a tough chance, dipping in front of him, but it reached him and should have been taken. Nothing going Zimbabwe's way today.

46.4

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, flashed away for a single

46.5

Mpofu to DJ Bravo, 1 run, ouch! Dwayne Bravo drives to Mushangwe at mid-off, and he hurls a powerful throw at the non-striker's end. Mpofu is behind the stumps, and it hits him flush on the knee. He can see the funny side ...

Johnson James: "Brilliant Century for Johnson Charles and for all Saint Lucian's as we celebrate our 34th anniversary. Thank you very much from all Lucians."

46.6

Mpofu to DM Bravo, no run, full, and dug out to end the over.

End of over 47 (4 runs) West Indies 302/3
DM Bravo    72* (59b 7x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    9-0-67-2
DJ Bravo    9* (16b)      KM Jarvis    8-1-46-0

47.1

Jarvis to DJ Bravo, no run, Dwayne Bravo is having an almighty heave at absolutely everything, but it's not quite coming off for him. This ragged off drive is aimed straight at the fielder.

47.2

Jarvis to DJ Bravo, OUT, Jarvis strikes, but Dwayne Bravo always looked like doing something like this. Jarvis delivered a slower one, on a length, and Bravo swung like he was trying to jump-start the Large Hadron Collider. A swirling top-edge was easily pouched by Chakabva at long off, and Zimbabwe finally have some joy.

DJ Bravo c Chakabva b Jarvis 9 (22m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

47.3

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 2 runs, a slightly short slower offcutter, and Bravo cuts out to the man at cover point.

47.4

Jarvis to DM Bravo, FOUR, scorched down the ground! Chakabva put in a diving effort, and got a hand to it, but couldn't stop this powerful stroke. In fact, it's hit so hard that Bravo has cracked his bat. It was, it appears, his favourite, and he has a hissy-fit upon noticing the crack, flinging his bat to the ground. Toys thrown.

47.5

Jarvis to DM Bravo, no run, quick, short and rising past Bravo's cutting bat. A new one.

47.6

Jarvis to DM Bravo, no run, and another dot ball to finish, as Bravo is unable to pick the gap with this bat, his second favourite.

Jonathan: "Stop. Just stop. Large Hadron Collider? You are trying too hard. Sometimes it is enough just to tell us what is happening." Glad to know you appreciate my effort, Jonathan!

End of over 48 (6 runs) West Indies 308/4
DM Bravo    78* (63b 8x4 2x6)      KM Jarvis    9-1-52-1
RR Sarwan    0* (0b)      CB Mpofu    9-0-67-2

48.1

Mpofu to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan inside edges a Mpofu offcutter, but the ball bobbles off the pad and rolls behind point. They take a single, and he's off the mark in international cricket after his lengthy hiatus.

48.2

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, quicker through the air, and Bravo fetches a full ball into the leg side.

48.3

Mpofu to Sarwan, 1 run, a hint of width offered outside off, and Sarwan runs the ball off the face of the bat down to third man.

48.4

Mpofu to DM Bravo, SIX, Darren Bravo is channeling his inner Lara with this stroke. The high backlift, the full swing with the weight on the back foot, are both there. And so, too, is the timing, the ball sailing well over long on for six.

48.5

Mpofu to DM Bravo, SIX, and another! That's a monstrous hit. Bravo set himself, waiting for the slow offcutter, and heaves it miles over midwicket. He's reached his highest score in one-day cricket.

Ish Amin: "@ Jonathan: I hope you know what is a Large Hadron Collider."

48.6

Mpofu to DM Bravo, 1 run, a single ends the over, and Mpofu finishes with the rather hideous figures of 2 for 83 in ten overs.

End of over 49 (16 runs) West Indies 324/4
DM Bravo    92* (67b 8x4 4x6)      CB Mpofu    10-0-83-2
RR Sarwan    2* (2b)      KM Jarvis    9-1-52-1

49.1

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 2 runs, heaved away to leg, two more to the total. Bravo is going for everything with just one over remaining.

Prasheen: "Will Bravo score 100?"

49.2

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo misreads a the slower ball, sending a top edge swirling high into the air ... but it lands safely! They've taken the single. Can Sarwan get Bravo back on strike?

Simon: "I am in Geneva, around 5km from CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. CERN actually has a pretty good cricket team." Nice to hear from you, Simon, and thank you for that!

49.3

Jarvis to Sarwan, FOUR, a paddle-pull flies over a leaping fielder at short fine leg, and goes for four. It was the quicker bouncer from Jarvis. Had it been the slower one, that probably would've landed in the fielder's lap.

49.4

Jarvis to Sarwan, 1 run, yes, he gets the single! Nudged away, and they charge through to get Bravo on strike. He's got two deliveries remaining, and five runs to get for a maiden hundred.

49.5

Jarvis to DM Bravo, FOUR, clubbed to midwicket! He hit the covers off this slower one, an offcutter. The fielders barely moved.

49.6

Jarvis to DM Bravo, 1 run, a hundred for Darren Bravo! Jarvis sends down a very, very slow bouncer to end the innings. Bravo waits and waits, and eventually paddles it to the leg side for a the required single.

1.37pm Right, the Zimbabwean openers are back out in the middle, and we're just about all set for the start of Zimbabwe's chase. Or, should we say, West Indies' march to victory? Kemar Roach will open the bowling.

Cliff: "Can anyone tell me which radio stations (if any) are carrying this match so I can listen on TuneIn? Thanks." Help, anybody?

rovina: "hey wich part of russia are you i am also west Indian in russia... there is cricket in russia in summer come down to coursk" Fascinating!

Mark: "@ravi Actually, to let you into a secret, I am actually an astronomer who works as a rocket scientist! :-)"

Bo J: "I have been otherwise engaged...wreaking havoc at a certain house in the west of england. Zimbabwe can certainly do miraculous. If nothing else we have proved ourselves to be unpredictable and so many times we have pulled defeat from the jaws of victory so it's about time we turned things around!" I like your turn of phrase, Bo J.

Kiernan: "Liam, I think I went to university with you at the mighty Rhodes in Grahamstown. Saw your twitter pic and it rang a bell. Think I may have studied Journalism and English with you, am I on to something?" Right you are, Kiernan! I'm in Cape Town these days.

ravi: "@Kidger: Well, both your subjects are addressed here...Cricket and Physics"

george, c: "hey guys am a caribbean student in russia and i must thank you guys for such great commentary , though i may not be able to go viv ground , i can follow the game with my friends here and enjoy it the same way .....keep it up i'll be following the rest .....come on W.I ....we need this." Great to hear from you George. It's awfully cold in Russia, isn't it? And there's not a lot of cricket going on. I'm not sure I'd like it ...

Kieths Ridak: "Wish the West Indies would stop jerking Sarwan around. They are only setting him up to fail. Today, when he could have posted a good score, they dropped him down the order." I don't think it's as deliberate as that, and it's hard to fault West Indies' tactics when they've piled on 337.

Mark: "Is 337 really such a massive score in an ODI for all these comments? Or is a minefield on which the West Indies shouldn't have passed 150?" Mark Kidger, what a pleasure it is to hear from you once again. It's a flat track, to be sure, but a vaguely competent bowling effort could have kept the West Indies to under 300.

jo: "This is the best website guys, I'm a cable technician in the USA, and I never miss a ball, thanks you all are the best." Very glad to be of service, Jo.

ravi: "Just saw your Twitter photo. What have you done to yourself? Where is that heirloom hat of yours?" Ravi, I admire your clear memory of my grandfather's hat. I still have the hat, but I only wear it when I really mean business. Which, when I'm on Twitter, is not that often.

Sanjay: "Hilariously, i'm actually researching Scientific Linux which is developed partially by CERN and used in the systems relating to the Large Hadron collider" As we're seeing, Sanjay, there is actually more of a connection between cricket and CERN than some feedbackers initially believed ...

ravi: "Liam, can you tell me what these guys are doing in their lives now? Dave Houghton, Kevin Curran, John Traicos and Eddo Brandes?" Ravi, to answer your questions: Houghton is coaching in Zimbabwe, while Curran, sadly, passed away last year while jogging in the mountains around Mutare. John Traicos now lives in Australia, where he has two daughters; the elder, Chloe, is an actress, while the younger, Catherine, is a notable singer-songwriter. Brandes, I believe, is living in Queensland, Australia, where he also coaches a local team.

Bo J: "Just tuned in to the commentary...the score is not what I was hoping for. Who's in charge here??" Bo J, I've been expecting you. Yes, Zimbabwe are having a shocker, but the match isn't over until both sides have batted. That said, it would be pretty miraculous if Zimbabwe even got close.

rajiv bal: "Cricinfo! God bless you guys! Thanks for the live commentary..you people are the best when it comes to making you feel like you're actually "watching" it! BTW I'm a Dental student and I am in clinic.. but..the director is only watching how i am changing gloves every so often....well he also follows you all here and if this is posted , Sir the answer to that is that I'm taking off my gloves to get my mobile to follow the game I eat, drink n sleep...and repeat every three minutes! My that's a lot of gloves! OK keep it up folks!" Glad to know you enjoy our commentary, Rajiv, and that you take your studies very seriously indeed. I had a similar attitude during my university days, and look at me now!

By the way, if you'd like to hear more of my vaguely cricket-related warblings in your day-to-day life, you can find me on Twitter here. Tell me if you like my commentary, or if you hate it, or if you'd like to take me out for sushi some time.

John: "There is a second Swiss cricket team. Based in Basel." Will we see CERN v Basel in the near future?

Conor: "to Simon: let me guess, the CERN side are using the discovery of the Higgs-Boson to successfully explain Duckworth-Lewis?"

David: "Some comments today from the Guardian newspaper on the Large Haldron Colidor for those interested during the innings break. David, you made me giggle. After watching that effort from Zimbabwe, that's quite a feat.

Match State: Innings Break Well, Zimbabwe have taken an absolute pounding out there today. This is their first full international fixture in over a year, and it showed. They were definitely a bowler light, and the West Indian batsmen cashed in with forceful power and style. Powell and Charles led the way with an opening stand of 168 before Powell lifted a Mpofu long-hop out to Ervine in the deep. Charles found an able partner in Darren Bravo, and together they added 80 for the second wicket, Charles going to his second one-day ton. West Indies lost Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo cheaply, but by then Darren Bravo was in full flow, and he reached a maiden one-day hundred, off just 71 deliveries, off the last ball of the innings. The pitch started to slow up appreciably as the innings wore on, and Zimbabwe have a mountainous task if they are to make a fist of this chase. Join us in half an hour or so for their innings.

End of over 50 (13 runs) West Indies 337/4
DM Bravo    100* (71b 9x4 4x6)      KM Jarvis    10-1-65-1
RR Sarwan    7* (4b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    10-0-83-2
Series Results
West Indies v Zimbabwe at St George's - Feb 26, 2013
West Indies won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
West Indies v Zimbabwe at St George's - Feb 24, 2013
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
West Indies v Zimbabwe at St George's - Feb 22, 2013
West Indies won by 156 runs
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Feb 22, 2013

West Indies celebrate a wicket on their way to a comprehensive win, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Grenada, February 22, 2013

West Indies celebrate a wicket on their way to a comprehensive win

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Feb 22, 2013

Tino Best took the wicket of Brendan Taylor, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Grenada, February 22, 2013

Tino Best took the wicket of Brendan Taylor

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