Zimbabwe in West Indies ODI Series - 2nd ODI

West Indies v Zimbabwe

West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

9.25am Apologies for the delay in commentary everyone, there appears to be a problem with our television coverage today.

Graham: "They have to play the first 10 overs in test match mode if they are to survive, and avoid reckless wickets early on.."

Graeme: "Looking forward to seeing something special from Taylor and Masakadza today. Hope they put up a good fight."

Toss Zimbabwe have won the toss and will have a bat this time around. They've made one change to their team, dropping the out-of-sorts Chris Mpofu for Tendai Chatara. Kieron Pollard has made it safely to the Caribbean after his flight scheduling issues before the last game, and he will play. Johnson Charles is the man to make way for him - apparently he's struggling with some sort of foot injury, and also has a slight tweak to his hamstring after his century in the first game.

8.45am Hello everyone, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the second one-day international between West Indies and Zimbabwe at St. Georges in Grenanda. The toss will be coming up in about 10 minutes. While we wait for that, why don't you have a look at Devashish Fuloria's preview.

0.1

Roach to Sibanda, no run

0.2

Roach to Sibanda, no run

0.3

Roach to Sibanda, no run

0.4

Roach to Sibanda, no run

0.5

Roach to Sibanda, no run

0.6

Roach to Sibanda, FOUR

End of over 1 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 4/0
V Sibanda    4* (6b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    1-0-4-0
CJ Chibhabha    0* (0b)     

1.1

Best to Chibhabha, 1 run

1.2

Best to Sibanda, FOUR, pitched up and punched down the ground, weight over the ball and that's a nicely timed boundary

1.3

Best to Sibanda, no run, back of a length, on the stumps and turned towards square leg

1.4

Best to Sibanda, FOUR, short ball again, this seats up inviting off the pitch and Sibanda hoicks a flat pull shot in front of deep square leg, there's a man out there but he won't get round

1.5

Best to Sibanda, no run, length and let's this one through

1.6

Best to Sibanda, no run, slower ball, defended back down the track from in front of the stumps

Hello, everyone, we're up to speed (or at least jogging in off a shortened run-up). "Hey Alan where are you each watching this? Us African viewers don't seem to be able to watch!" Dylan, you should try London - it's a wonderful city, where they even show Zimbabwean cricket

End of over 2 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 13/0
V Sibanda    12* (11b 3x4)      TL Best    1-0-9-0
CJ Chibhabha    1* (1b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-4-0

2.1

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, good length, angling in and defended back to the bowler

2.2

Roach to Chibhabha, FOUR, short and wide, room to swing the arms and he crashes a cut shot through point for another four

2.3

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, length ball in the corridor, better line and Chibhabha leaves this one alone

2.4

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, gets on the front foot to defend

2.5

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, touch short, reasonably close to the stumps and neatly punched off the back foot square but Pollard dives well to make the stop

2.6

Roach to Chibhabha, 1 run, fires a good length ball through outside off stump, the batsman shoulders arms

End of over 3 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 18/0
CJ Chibhabha    6* (7b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    2-0-9-0
V Sibanda    12* (11b 3x4)      TL Best    1-0-9-0

There's a short delay, as some repair work is made to the footholds... Reasonably assured start, this, from the Zimbabwe openers

3.1

Best to Chibhabha, no run, length ball a foot or so outside off stump, good pace and carry, lets it go

3.2

Best to Chibhabha, 1 run, tighter, on a length around off, pushed out towards point

3.3

Best to Sibanda, no run, pitched up and drifting in towards middle and leg, driven back to mid-on, not a clean connection

3.4

Best to Sibanda, 1 wide, slides down the leg side, hint of swing but it turns the ball into a wide

3.4

Best to Sibanda, no run, good indrift again from Best, and a better line, as Sibanda is forced to bring his bat down let to keep out the yorker

3.5

Best to Sibanda, 1 run, length ball, pitching around off and coming in, turned off the pads

3.6

Best to Chibhabha, no run, back of a length, outside off stump, played off the back foot towards mid-off

"Haha could have guessed. Well will be relying on your commentary, so far so good! What does the pitch look like?" Pretty parched, Dylan, and quite flat. Not doing too much to worry the batsmen so far

End of over 4 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 21/0
CJ Chibhabha    7* (9b 1x4)      TL Best    2-0-12-0
V Sibanda    13* (15b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    2-0-9-0

4.1

Roach to Sibanda, no run, in the channel, gets forward and elects to leave

4.2

Roach to Sibanda, no run, angled in and holding its line off a good length outside off, raises his bat out of the way again

4.3

Roach to Sibanda, 2 runs, straighter line, slightly short of a length and neatly worked off the body through square leg

4.4

Roach to Sibanda, no run, length ball, blocked into the off side from in front of off stump

4.5

Roach to Sibanda, no run, line and length in the channel, consistent stuff from Roach but it's still wide enough for the batsman to leave comfortably

4.6

Roach to Sibanda, no run, shorter and rising up towards the ribs, blocked on the back foot and Roach fields in his follow-through

"Are ALL Cricinfo ball by ball commentators watching the game on TV? Or do you sometimes get to commentate from the press box at the ground?" I hate to ruin the mystique for you, Henry, but it's invariably from off the box. Live commentary is not generally allowed from the ground

End of over 5 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 23/0
V Sibanda    15* (21b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-11-0
CJ Chibhabha    7* (9b 1x4)      TL Best    2-0-12-0

5.1

Best to Chibhabha, 1 run, turns a length ball off the pads for a single through midwicket

5.2

Best to Sibanda, no run, wide of the stumps, lets the ball sail through

5.3

Best to Sibanda, no run, pitched up and homing in on the base of off, not quite yorker length though and it's punched towards cover

5.4

Best to Sibanda, no run, stays back and defends a shortish ball outside off

5.5

Best to Sibanda, no run, plenty of zip from broad-shouldered Tino, this is over middle stump and blocked from the crease

5.6

Best to Sibanda, no run, little bit wide, maybe takes the pace off and the ball stays low as Sibanda fiddles a late cut but fails to connect

End of over 6 (1 run) Zimbabwe 24/0
V Sibanda    15* (26b 3x4)      TL Best    3-0-13-0
CJ Chibhabha    8* (10b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-11-0

6.1

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, length, outside the line of off, pushed into a gap in the covers but the fielders quickly swoop

6.2

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, length ball, angled in towards the wicket, Chibhabha tries to drive on the up and the bat turns in his hand, deflecting the ball on to his front pad and away on the off side

6.3

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, opens the face and drives behind point but Pollard again throws his skyscraper frame earthward and drags the ball in - terrific bit of fielding

6.4

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, length delivery, drifting in, the batsman steps out and watches it through

6.5

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, straighter line and nudged towards mid-on from in front of the stumps

6.6

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, full and pitching around off, gets forward and punches a drive to mid-off - plenty of activity from Chibhabha in that over but it goes down as a maiden

End of over 7 (maiden) Zimbabwe 24/0
CJ Chibhabha    8* (16b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-11-0
V Sibanda    15* (26b 3x4)      TL Best    3-0-13-0

First bowling change, with Andre Russell into the attack

7.1

Russell to Sibanda, no run, defended on the back foot in front of the stumps

7.2

Russell to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda advances, attempting to assert himself against the new bowler, hits cross-batted back down the track but Russell gets a hand on it and it rolls to mid-off

7.3

Russell to Sibanda, no run, length ball outside the line of off, played towards point

7.4

Russell to Sibanda, no run, shorter and at the body, goes back in the crease and pats it towards square leg

7.5

Russell to Sibanda, no run, gets across and taps a length ball square on the off side

It's getting dottier than your mad auntie out there at the moment...

7.6

Russell to Sibanda, FOUR, ah ha, there's the tonic, a short and wide delivery from Russell and Sibanda carves it over point for the first boundary since the third over

End of over 8 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 28/0
V Sibanda    19* (32b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-0-4-0
CJ Chibhabha    8* (16b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-11-0

8.1

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, goodish length ball around the line of off, driven on the up but well stopped by cover scrambling to his right

8.2

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, gets forward and pushes a length ball into the covers again

8.3

Roach to Chibhabha, 1 run, full and veering from off to middle and leg, clipped off the pads through midwicket

8.4

Roach to Sibanda, no run, goes back and across and plays with a straight bat to short extra-cover

8.5

Roach to Sibanda, 3 runs, back of a length again and that's well timed from the crease, driving through the covers, they run well too to pick up three

8.6

Roach to Chibhabha, no run, nearly gives it away from the final ball with a windy woof to a wide, length ball, didn't get anywhere near it really but the drive missed everything

End of over 9 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 32/0
CJ Chibhabha    9* (20b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-15-0
V Sibanda    22* (34b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-0-4-0

First glimpse of tweak and it's Mighty Mouse himself, Sunil Narine ... Slip and short leg in place

9.1

Narine to Sibanda, 2 runs, floated up outside off stump, leans over the ball and picks a gap in the covers, Chibhabha loping back to the bowler's end in time for a second

9.2

Narine to Sibanda, no run, tossed up and defended into the off side

9.3

Narine to Sibanda, no run, on the stumps and played back down the track

9.4

Narine to Sibanda, no run, the wrong 'un, spinning away from Sibanda as he tries to drive off the back foot, the ball thudding into the keeper's gloves

9.5

Narine to Sibanda, 1 run, quicker ball, gets across and pushes towards point

Ramnaresh Sarwan is brought in at silly point...

9.6

Narine to Chibhabha, no run, drags the length down a touch and defended on the back foot

Solid if unspectacular Powerplay from Zimbabwe - they were four down by this stage in the first ODI

End of over 10 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 35/0
CJ Chibhabha    9* (21b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-3-0
V Sibanda    25* (39b 4x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-15-0

Russell switches ends, replacing Roach

10.1

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, length ball, cut away through point

10.2

Russell to Chibhabha, 1 run, back of a length and rising sharply, well played from back in the crease, keeps it down and gets a single out towards deep backward point

10.3

Russell to Sibanda, no run, no stroke to a good length ball in the channel

10.4

Russell to Sibanda, no run, length ball outside off, crouches and thinks about cutting but it's too close and Sibanda leaves

10.5

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, bit of width, not much life in the pitch and this is cross-batted through the infield towards deep extra-cover

10.6

Russell to Chibhabha, 1 run, dug in, wide of the stumps, rides the bounce and again drops a single behind point

"Hey hey hey....why isn't Johnson Charles playing?" wonders Julius, "why would they put in someone as inconsistent as Pollard or leave someone with no form like Sarwan for someone who has scored 2 hundreds in 2 games....I can never guess what Ottis is thinking." Seems he has been left out for some tactical reason, though I have no further insight than that... Maybe they just wanted to be sporting?

End of over 11 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 39/0
CJ Chibhabha    11* (23b 1x4)      AD Russell    2-0-8-0
V Sibanda    27* (43b 4x4)      SP Narine    1-0-3-0

11.1

Narine to Chibhabha, OUT, round the wicket, drifting across, gripped and bowled 'im! Narine makes the breakthrough, it wasn't his most threatening delivery ever bowled but Chibhabha had been getting visibly bogged down, he tried to drive but wasn't to the pitch and he actually played inside the line, the ball skidding on to peg back off stump

CJ Chibhabha b Narine 11 (46m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

In comes Hamilton Masakadza at No. 3

11.2

Narine to Masakadza, no run, floated up, plenty of air around the line of off, prodded towards cover defensively

11.3

Narine to Masakadza, no run, bat-pad chance loops to Pollard, towering under the helmet at short leg, but the umpire rules there was crucially no bat involved ... mighty close to the glove though

11.4

Narine to Masakadza, no run, leg-stump line, turned towards midwicket

11.5

Narine to Masakadza, no run

11.6

Narine to Masakadza, 6 runs, tossed up around leg stump, worked away through midwicket, he's off the mark ... and then he gets those runs upgraded by an overthrow for four

End of over 12 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 45/1
H Masakadza    6* (5b)      SP Narine    2-0-9-1
V Sibanda    27* (43b 4x4)      AD Russell    2-0-8-0

12.1

Russell to Sibanda, FOUR, overpitched and that's a lovely shot from Sibanda, who's looking in good touch today, gets a stride in and punches through the covers

12.2

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, turned away towards point, they pick up another run from an overthrow

12.3

Russell to Masakadza, no run, played back down the track

12.4

Russell to Masakadza, no run, lets this one through outside off

12.5

Russell to Masakadza, no run, nasty lifter from Russell and Masakadza does well to keep it down, thrusting his glove up in front of his throat

12.6

Russell to Masakadza, no run, good length ball outside off, trying to draw the batsman out after pushing him back, but Masakadza leaves

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 50/1
H Masakadza    6* (8b)      AD Russell    3-0-13-0
V Sibanda    32* (45b 5x4)      SP Narine    2-0-9-1

13.1

Narine to Sibanda, SIX, continues round the wicket, tossed up outside leg and Sibanda watches it on to the middle of the bat, heaving it over deep backward square, the fielder back-peddles but it clears both him and the rope

13.2

Narine to Sibanda, no run, flatter and straighter, goes for the slog-sweep again and misses, hit on the back pad

13.3

Narine to Sibanda, 2 runs, goes back and plays through the covers for a couple

13.4

Narine to Sibanda, no run, tossed up on the stumps, straightening and turned into the hands of short leg on the bounce

13.5

Narine to Sibanda, no run, knuckle-ball from Narina, pitching on off and spinning further away, Sibanda cuts and misses

13.6

Narine to Sibanda, 1 run, gets forward and works a single through midwicket

End of over 14 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 59/1
V Sibanda    41* (51b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-18-1
H Masakadza    6* (8b)      AD Russell    3-0-13-0

"Liam you say 'Chibhabha had been getting visibly bogged down'. Ridiculous selection in the first place. Mawoyo should have been there, never mind all the players left at home." Aside from the fact my name is actually Alan, you've made an interesting point, Obert Moyo

14.1

Russell to Sibanda, 2 runs, full, possibly a slower ball and picked up from outside off, chipped over mid-on and stopped via a boot on the boundary

14.2

Russell to Sibanda, no run, width again and Sibanda hammers a cut shot into the ground, leaps up off the turf and Pollard does likewise to make another excellent stop

14.3

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, opens the face and glides a single to third man - looking very assured so far today, is Sibanda

slip in place for the new batsman

14.4

Russell to Masakadza, no run, gets forward to defend

14.5

Russell to Masakadza, no run, good length and in the channel, nothing much happening for the seamers outside off and Masakadza leaves

14.6

Russell to Masakadza, 1 wide, banged in, short and drifting down the leg side .. tis wide

14.6

Russell to Masakadza, no run, angling in, turned to leg from the back foot

End of over 15 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 63/1
H Masakadza    6* (11b)      AD Russell    4-0-17-0
V Sibanda    44* (54b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-18-1

15.1

Narine to Sibanda, FOUR, pushed across, bit of width and this doesn't spin back, Sibanda opens the shoulders and cracks four through point to move within an ace or two of fifty

15.2

Narine to Sibanda, no run, straighter and flatter, Sibanda tries to play a lap shot but the ball scoots on ends up hitting Sibanda somewhere around the neck

15.3

Narine to Sibanda, no run, played back on the on side

15.4

Narine to Sibanda, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked through midwicket out towards the sweeper

15.5

Narine to Masakadza, no run, tossed up on the stumps, gets forward to defend

15.6

Narine to Masakadza, no run, full and drifting across, enticing Masakadza into flinging the bat without much foot movement, it's the doosra though and beats the edge

End of over 16 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 68/1
H Masakadza    6* (13b)      SP Narine    4-0-23-1
V Sibanda    49* (58b 6x4 1x6)      AD Russell    4-0-17-0

"Mawoyo is a horrendously defensive batsmen from what I recall!" says taron

16.1

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, full and on off, pushed back through mid-on to take Sibanda to fifty - his 18th in his 100th ODI

16.2

Russell to Masakadza, 1 run, length outside off, comes forward and pushes into the covers

16.3

Russell to Sibanda, 1 run, goes back and dabs a length ball down towards third man

16.4

Russell to Masakadza, no run, dug in short of a length, sits up nicely but Masakadza misses attempting to hook the ball into the stands

16.5

Russell to Masakadza, 1 run, dropped short on the off side for a quick single

16.6

Russell to Sibanda, no run, searching for the yorker, good full length but slightly wide of off, squeezes under the bat and through to the keeper

End of over 17 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 72/1
V Sibanda    51* (61b 6x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-21-0
H Masakadza    8* (16b)      SP Narine    4-0-23-1

Tino Best comes back on in place of Narine

17.1

Best to Masakadza, no run, full and straight, punched back past Best, who can't quite get down, it nearly clips the non-striker's stumps before mid-on comes across

17.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, plays from the crease to a length ball that was tailing in, hit on the knee roll but, despite Best's eager appeal, would have missed leg

17.3

Best to Masakadza, FOUR, tries to tickle the ivories with a short ball but Masakadza doesn't miss out this time, getting on top of the hook and beating the man running round from long leg

17.4

Best to Masakadza, no run, full and outside off, takes the inside edge and rolls narrowly wide of the stumps as Masakadza tried to work out where the ball had gone

17.5

Best to Masakadza, no run, good yorker, sliding towards leg stump again, doesn't quite get the bat down and it rolls back off the front pad

17.6

Best to Masakadza, no run, coming back in at the man, takes a piece of bat and loops off the pad, short of Best though

Time for drinks, then. "Where's Liam?" demands Nandish. "He promised to commentate for this match!!" Look, Liam isn't here, so you'll just have to get used to it, okay??? Actually, he will be here in a bit, he's just not able to get pictures at the moment

End of over 18 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 76/1
H Masakadza    12* (22b 1x4)      TL Best    4-0-17-0
V Sibanda    51* (61b 6x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-21-0

Dwayne Bravo into the attack for the first time

It's been the Vusi Show as far as Zimbabwe are concerned... though on what looks like a good pitch, they'll want to crank the rate up above four an over sooner rather than later. Here's Obert Moyo again: "Yes Taron Mawoyo is slow but better than Chibhabha - his List A average is 31 at a strike rate of 69."

18.1

DJ Bravo to Sibanda, no run, short of a length, on the stumps and defended back down the track

18.2

DJ Bravo to Sibanda, OUT, got him, cleaned bowled, Sibanda cleaned up! It was full and straight, nothing more complex than that but it seemed to befuddle Sibanda, who'd looked so good, he played around it and pop went the bails

V Sibanda b DJ Bravo 51 (80m 63b 6x4 1x6) SR: 80.95

Sorry, folks, the Vusi Show has ceased transmission. But hey, look, it's BPL superstar Brendan Taylor

18.3

DJ Bravo to Taylor, no run, wicket-to-wicket stuff from Bravo, pushed back defensively

18.4

DJ Bravo to Taylor, OUT, and another, two in three balls, Taylor pinned in front! Decides not to review and that was probably wise (though how often does the captain take that route?) ... It was a fullish length ball, drifting back in with the arm, skidded on a little and Taylor played down the wrong line, hit on the back leg in front of off and that would have tipped the cap of leg

BRM Taylor lbw b DJ Bravo 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The praise from this quarter drinks break has caused havoc for Zimbabwe - Craig Ervine out and in need of another rebuilding job

18.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, good length and speared across outside the left-hander's off stump, left alone

18.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, tighter line, brings the bat down to block in front of off

A double-wicket maiden for Bravo. Looked like he was trundling in fairly innocuously but the drop in pace foxed successive batsmen

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 76/3
CR Ervine    0* (2b)      DJ Bravo    1-1-0-2
H Masakadza    12* (22b 1x4)      TL Best    4-0-17-0

19.1

Best to Masakadza, no run, pitched up and blocked back down the track

19.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, full and tailing in towards off stump, driven into the ground towards mid-off

Here's Muvati, with something he wants to get off his chest: "Sorry to Zim! I confess, I jinx them everytime I log on. Last match I was logged on the whole match...today decided to log on slightly later and the first comment I see, just after logging on is....Sibanda cleaned bowled...a ball later Taylor gone...Logging off now! Bye!"

19.3

Best to Masakadza, no run, full, almost yorker-length, sliding well down the leg side but Masakadza wears it on the pad trying to clip through square

19.4

Best to Masakadza, no run, pulls his line across, gets a stride in to push towards cover

There's a short leg in place for Best to Masakadza...

19.5

Best to Masakadza, no run, and he's called into action when a length ball pops off the thigh pad, the batsman attempting to glance but, fortunately in this case, failing to connect

19.6

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, goes back and dabs the ball through point

End of over 20 (1 run) Zimbabwe 77/3
H Masakadza    13* (28b 1x4)      TL Best    5-0-18-0
CR Ervine    0* (2b)      DJ Bravo    1-1-0-2

20.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run

20.2

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 run, very full and straying towards leg stump, chopped through midwicket to the man on the fence

20.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, oof, that was close, pulling Ervine outside off and beating the outside edge

20.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, and again, whizzing the ball past the outside edge, strange shot from Ervine, walking across and then prodding at the ball rather half-heartedly, lucky not to get anything on it

20.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, full of a length and punched on the front foot for a single through the covers

20.6

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, pitched up and drifting back in, gets outside the line of off and dives into the ground back to mid-off

End of over 21 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 79/3
H Masakadza    14* (31b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-2-2
CR Ervine    1* (5b)      TL Best    5-0-18-0

21.1

Best to Ervine, no run, a beauty from Best, he'd have needed a saucepan to hit that, the ball pitching outside leg and jagging across, beating the outside edge as Ervine fenced at it

21.2

Best to Ervine, FOUR, that's not so good, full and on the pads and whipped forcefully through square leg, well timed and it races to the rope

21.3

Best to Ervine, 1 run, angled across on a fullish length, drives and takes a thick outside chunk of the bat for a single to third man

21.4

Best to Masakadza, no run, back of a length, a yard or so outside off, driven off the back foot to short extra-cover

21.5

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, goes fuller, arrowing in towards middle and off, driven off the inside half of the bat towards mid-on and they sneak a single

21.6

Best to Ervine, no run, pitched up, basically a half-volley outside off and Ervine keeps his shape drive, elbow high, unfortunately straight at extra-cover

End of over 22 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 85/3
CR Ervine    6* (9b 1x4)      TL Best    6-0-24-0
H Masakadza    15* (33b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-2-2

"J Charles has a foot injury - he was struck on the foot in the first ODI. That's why he's not playing this match." Calm down, everyone, Rene has got the scoop

22.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 run, pitched up, on the stumps, Bravo keeping it tight, worked off the pad through midwicket

22.2

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, wider, pushed across the left-hander, who chops through the covers towards the sweeper

22.3

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 run, waits on a full, straight ball and prods it back past the bowler for a single to long-on

22.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, length ball, angled across and Ervine opens the face to push square, a misfield at point gets them another run

22.5

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 run, chance of a run-out, as Masakadza drops the ball short on the off side, Sarwan effects a direct hit but Ervine was home

22.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, tight line on off stump, solid forward defensive towards cover

End of over 23 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 90/3
CR Ervine    8* (12b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-2
H Masakadza    18* (36b 1x4)      TL Best    6-0-24-0

Russell comes back on for a spell

23.1

Russell to Masakadza, no run, back of a length, lets this one sail through

23.2

Russell to Masakadza, SIX, steps away, taking on a half-tracker and belabouring it cross-batted over deep midwicket for six

23.3

Russell to Masakadza, no run, pitches it up a bit more, outside off and dabbed square

23.4

Russell to Masakadza, no run, gets across and pushes a length ball towards point

23.5

Russell to Masakadza, 1 run, full and punched coming forwards to mid-off, they scramble through for a relatively comfortable single

23.6

Russell to Ervine, 1 run, length, pitching on the stumps and going across, tapped into the covers between two fielders

End of over 24 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 98/3
CR Ervine    9* (13b 1x4)      AD Russell    6-0-29-0
H Masakadza    25* (41b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-2

24.1

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, drawn into another flirt outside off, the ball sailing through

24.2

DJ Bravo to Ervine, FOUR, nicely improvised, walks across to a wide ball and paddles it to leg, slightly aerial but there's no one there and it runs to the long leg boundary

24.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, FOUR, more orthodox this time but the effect is the same, staying back and chopping a cut shot through backward point

24.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, length, on the off stump, pushed into the covers

24.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, and Bravo beats the outside edge again, Ervine happy to have a dash but doesn't connect with a drive away from the body

24.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, stays back and blocks a length ball in front of the wicket

Those boundaries from Ervine have brought the hundred up. Zimbabwe still hanging in there... "Neither form or class seems to be permanent for Brendon Taylor," says Karnain. "He had a disappointing SLPL after being in form of life for Zimbabwe. Now after an excellent BPL he is struggling again. What a funny game cricket is!"

End of over 25 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 106/3
CR Ervine    17* (19b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    4-1-15-2
H Masakadza    25* (41b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    6-0-29-0

A change in the attack, Narine on again

25.1

Narine to Masakadza, no run, shouts of "catch it!" as the ball pops towards short leg but falls short

25.2

Narine to Masakadza, no run, turning in from outside off, defended back down the track

25.3

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, floated up outside off and Masakadza is down on one knee to sweep through square leg

25.4

Narine to Ervine, no run, touch short, spinning across the left-handed Ervine from over the wicket, beats the bat

25.5

Narine to Ervine, FOUR, strays on to the legs, swept fine against the turn but he covered the line well and the ball trundles away

25.6

Narine to Ervine, no run, tossed up and pushed watchfully back to the bowler

"Tell muvati to come back on," says Daniel, who has obviously lost faith in West Indies' ability to take their own wickets

End of over 26 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 111/3
CR Ervine    21* (22b 4x4)      SP Narine    5-0-28-1
H Masakadza    26* (44b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-1-15-2

26.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 wide, well down the leg side - good take from Denesh Ramdin, though, to prevent further damage

26.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball from Bravo, a cutter which Masakadza doesn't really read, tries to drive and gets an inside edge on to his pad, the ball deflecting away on the off side and they pick up one anyway

26.2

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, shuffles across and defends

26.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, good length and driven on the up to short extra-cover

26.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 2 runs, full of a length an wide enough for Ervine to free the arms, his square drive is straight at point but it bobbles trough and third man has to clean up

26.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, gets on the front foot to push a length ball to mid-off

26.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, pitched up full and straight, clipped back down the track and Bravo gathers

End of over 27 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 115/3
CR Ervine    23* (27b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    5-1-19-2
H Masakadza    27* (45b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    5-0-28-1

27.1

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, touch short, goes back and turns the ball off the body through square on the leg side

27.2

Narine to Ervine, no run, length ball, Ervine plays for turn that doesn't materialise and the ball hits the inside edge of the bat and drops on to the wicket - you can basically defend with your edge these days, they're so fat

27.3

Narine to Ervine, SIX, full and on the stumps, picks up the length and is down to cart this over deep square leg, good connections and that flies all the way

27.4

Narine to Ervine, 1 run, tapped away into a gap in the infield

27.5

Narine to Masakadza, no run, doosra, going away from the right-handed Masakadza and beating the bat

27.6

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, tossed up nice and slow, waits and tips a single down the ground to long-on

End of over 28 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 124/3
H Masakadza    29* (48b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    6-0-37-1
CR Ervine    30* (30b 4x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    5-1-19-2

Kieron Pollard to bowl his collection of slow long-hops...

28.1

Pollard to Masakadza, 2 runs, he begins with a full cutter, the batsman waits and punches in front of deep cover, who has a bit of running to do to prevent four

28.2

Pollard to Masakadza, 1 run, goes back and dabs a length ball to third man

28.3

Pollard to Ervine, 1 wide, a full toss that almost fails to land on the cut strip - and as bad as it sounds

28.3

Pollard to Ervine, no run, gets this one to pitch, good tight line in fact, and blocked

28.4

Pollard to Ervine, no run, defended on the back foot in front of the wicket

28.5

Pollard to Ervine, 1 run, slightly short and tapped through square leg off the back foot

28.6

Pollard to Masakadza, SIX, slow offcutter a foot or two outside off, Masakadza sees this big and hits it even bigger, the ball taking flight over cow corner to turn a decent over into a costly one

End of over 29 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 135/3
H Masakadza    38* (51b 1x4 2x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-11-0
CR Ervine    31* (33b 4x4 1x6)      SP Narine    6-0-37-1

Narine off, Narsing Deonarine on

29.1

Deonarine to Ervine, no run, tossed up on the stumps and dabbed into the on side

29.2

Deonarine to Ervine, 1 wide, looped up, drifting outside Ervine's leg stump, he doesn't connect with a sweep but it's a wide anyway

29.2

Deonarine to Ervine, 2 wides, again bungs this down the leg side and short fine leg has to field the ball

29.2

Deonarine to Masakadza, 1 run, over the wicket to Masakadza, who sweeps smartly through square leg

29.3

Deonarine to Ervine, 1 run, round the wicket, clipped off the pads through square

29.4

Deonarine to Masakadza, no run, tossed up, Masakadza's eyes light up but he jams the ball into the ground and back to the bowler

29.5

Deonarine to Masakadza, 1 run, tries to sweep and the ball runs away square off bat and pad

29.6

Deonarine to Ervine, 1 run, sliding on towards the stumps, tickled round the corner for another single

"Stability in a Zim innings..doth my eyes deceive me ??" Herb is pinching himself

End of over 30 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 142/3
CR Ervine    33* (36b 4x4 1x6)      N Deonarine    1-0-7-0
H Masakadza    40* (54b 1x4 2x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-11-0

Pollard continues, despite the mixed bag of his first over

30.1

Pollard to Ervine, 1 run, on the pads and clipped through the leg side

30.2

Pollard to Masakadza, 1 run, ah ha, there we go, the slow long-hop, countering Masakadza's move to leg, it cramped him for space and he could only shovel the ball towards midwicket off the splice

30.3

Pollard to Ervine, no run, pitched up and punched back down the wicket

30.4

Pollard to Ervine, 1 run, full, almost a yorker, maybe taking the pace off a touch as well, blocked into a gap for one

30.5

Pollard to Masakadza, 1 run, gets forward outside off and pushes a single short of cover

30.6

Pollard to Ervine, no run, stays back and taps a short-of-a-length ball into the gully, two fielders converge on it prompting Masakadza to yell something presumably along the lines of "Nogetbackinyourcreaseyoulunatic!"

End of over 31 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 146/3
CR Ervine    35* (40b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-15-0
H Masakadza    42* (56b 1x4 2x6)      N Deonarine    1-0-7-0

31.1

Deonarine to Masakadza, no run, round the wicket, tossed up on leg stump, attempt to reverse sweep and is hit on the pad

31.2

Deonarine to Masakadza, 1 run, full and slow on the stumps, tickles one through the midwicket area

31.3

Deonarine to Ervine, no run, floated up, Ervine wants to cut but swings too hard and fails to get anything on the ball

31.4

Deonarine to Ervine, 1 run, bit of room outside off stump and chopped away through point

31.5

Deonarine to Masakadza, no run, full and on the leg stump, picks out a fielder at midwicket

31.6

Deonarine to Masakadza, 2 runs, drags his length down a tad and pulled forcefully in front of square for a couple into the deep

It's the drinks break - isotonic beverages all round!

"Heard the West Indies team has just called for me to log in again! Well, I'm back but have just reversed the jinx.... :D." Muvati is still trying to claim some sort of agency over events

End of over 32 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 150/3
H Masakadza    45* (60b 1x4 2x6)      N Deonarine    2-0-11-0
CR Ervine    36* (42b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-15-0

Kemar Roach returns in place of Polly

32.1

Roach to Ervine, no run, round the wicket, slightly back of a length outside off and allowed through

32.2

Roach to Ervine, no run, straighter line and tapped into the leg side

32.3

Roach to Ervine, 1 run, speared in, on a length and worked wide of mid-on for a single

32.4

Roach to Masakadza, no run, edged and Ramdin plunges to his right, that's a smart catch and it looks to have got rid of Masakadza! The umpires will ask for a review. The ball was short and wide but Masakadza only managed to top-edge it through, it went low ... and bounced on its way into the gloves. So not out after all

So, Masakadza's hard work it not wasted after all

32.5

Roach to Masakadza, 1 run, on the stumps, turned short on the leg side

32.6

Roach to Ervine, no run, goes back and steers a shortish ball into the gully, it's fielded and the throw hits at the bowler's end but Masakadza had regained his ground

End of over 33 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 152/3
CR Ervine    37* (46b 4x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    6-1-17-0
H Masakadza    46* (62b 1x4 2x6)      N Deonarine    2-0-11-0

Bravo brings himself back on at the other end

33.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, length ball, bit of width and chopped to the fielder at point

33.2

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, tighter to the stumps, Masakadza covers up and defends in front of off

33.3

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, width again but Masakadza, who's struggled with his timing all day, bottom-edges a cut out towards the fielder

33.4

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, 3 runs, sliding on to the pads and this time he gets it right, flicking the ball on the half-volley through backward square, they get three to move him to the brink of a half-century

33.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, fired across on a good length and there's a swing-and-a-miss from Ervine

33.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, tighter to the off stump, opens the face and steers straight to the point fielder

And without further ado... Heeeeeeeeeeere's Liam. Bye!

End of over 34 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 155/3
CR Ervine    37* (48b 4x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    6-1-22-2
H Masakadza    49* (66b 1x4 2x6)      KAJ Roach    6-1-17-0

Thanks Alan. Hello everyone, Liam here. This has been a steady partnership for Zimbabwe, and is now worth 79. These two still have a long way to go if they are to break Zimbabwe's record for the 4th wicket, however. That landmark belongs to Stuart Carlisle and Craig's older brother Sean Ervine, who put on 202 against India in Adelaide in 2004.

34.1

Roach to Masakadza, 1 run, tapped to mid-off, who is deep, and they charge through for a quick single that takes Masakadza to fifty. Well played.

34.2

Roach to Ervine, 2 runs, slashed away through cover point, and they hurry back for the second.

34.3

Roach to Ervine, 1 run, seaming in from round the wicket, Ervine's tuck to leg is hurried, but he gets enough on it to warrant a single.

34.4

Roach to Masakadza, 1 run, angled down behind square on the off side, an ambled single is the result.

34.5

Roach to Ervine, FOUR, inside edged! Ervine threw himself into a booming drive but the ball took the inside edge, bouncing past the stumps and a diving Ramdin.

34.6

Roach to Ervine, no run, and a dot ball to finish, as Ervine depends.

The end of the over takes us to 35 for the innings, and it's Powerplay time.

End of over 35 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 164/3
CR Ervine    44* (52b 5x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    7-1-26-0
H Masakadza    51* (68b 1x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    6-1-22-2

Sunil Narine is brought back into the attack with the field brought in. There are men at long on, deep midwicket, and deep square.

35.1

Narine to Masakadza, no run, quick through the air and aimed at off stump to start. Tapped back to the bowler.

35.2

Narine to Masakadza, no run, quicker still, this time the ball is punched into the covers.

35.3

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, turned behind square, played with the spin, for a single.

35.4

Narine to Ervine, no run, past the outside edge! Sharp spin on the orthodox offspinner from Narine. Ervine leaned forward to drive, but the ball buzzed past his edge.

35.5

Narine to Ervine, 1 run, tapped into the covers, and they sprint through.

35.6

Narine to Masakadza, no run, there's the variation! Flat, fast, and Masakadza made room to cut. The ball gripped and spun away from him, beating his attempted cut.

End of over 36 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 166/3
H Masakadza    52* (72b 1x4 2x6)      SP Narine    7-0-39-1
CR Ervine    45* (54b 5x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    7-1-26-0

Rajkumar: "If Zimbabwe keep their cool during the batting PP and do not throw away their wickets, they can build a good total which WI will eventually chase down. Else, they will collapse to a meager total which WI will easily chase down."

36.1

Best to Ervine, 1 run, landing on a length, but a little too straight, and Ervine nudges off the hip for one.

36.2

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, quick, and pitched right up to the bat. Again, Masakadza made room, but toe-ended the drive. Still there's room for a single as the ball rolls into the covers.

36.3

Best to Ervine, 1 run, a good crack off the bat as Ervine's drive makes contact, but he picks out the man out on the off side so it's just the single.

36.4

Best to Masakadza, no run, right up to the bat again, and this one is even better. A quick yorker, and Masakadza digs it out to cover.

Sai: "Welcome Liam, good to see you back." Thanks Sai, good to be here.

36.5

Best to Masakadza, 1 wide, speared down the leg side. It's not too far down, but far enough to be called wide.

36.5

Best to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, too quick for Masakadza's leg glance. He's struck on the pad, but they take a leg bye.

36.6

Best to Ervine, no run, hacked towards cover, but straight at the fielder.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 171/3
CR Ervine    47* (57b 5x4 1x6)      TL Best    7-0-28-0
H Masakadza    53* (75b 1x4 2x6)      SP Narine    7-0-39-1

37.1

Narine to Masakadza, no run, flicked to short fine leg, where it's cleanly stopped.

37.2

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, eased out to midwicket, the fielder trots in as they take a single.

KB Mpofu: "This has been a decent batting effort by Zim, but I still have an uneasy feeling that this could all change, any moment from now."

37.3

Narine to Ervine, no run, Ervine stretches forward and plays with the spin, angling the ball towards point.

37.4

Narine to Ervine, no run, again Ervine plays forward, but can't find the gap for a tip-and-run single.

37.5

Narine to Ervine, no run, now the sweep is tried, but the ball dips under Ervine's bat and spins into his chest.

37.6

Narine to Ervine, 1 run, finally he finds the single, Narine is a little too straight and they find a single on the leg side.

End of over 38 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 173/3
CR Ervine    48* (61b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    8-0-41-1
H Masakadza    54* (77b 1x4 2x6)      TL Best    7-0-28-0

38.1

Best to Ervine, 1 run, phew, this could have been interesting! Ervine nudged the ball towards midwicket and was immediately called through for a single by Masakadza. Russell came charging in and threw on the dive, but missed the stumps. It would have been very tight if he'd hit.

38.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, another pinpoint yorker! Great Powerplay bowling. Masakadza can only dig it out.

38.3

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, this time it's the length delivery, and Maskadza sends it down to long on with a heave across the line.

38.4

Best to Ervine, no run, a low full toss dips on Ervine as it reaches him, and he jabs down with the bat to keep it out. There's no single to be had, and he remains on 49 not out.

38.5

Best to Ervine, 2 runs, there's the fifty! And rather a good shot to get it. Ervine backs away and scythes a drive out to wide long off, where a sliding fielder saves the boundary. They're back for a second run, and the partnership also progresses beyond 100.

38.6

Best to Ervine, 1 run, an angled bat sends the ball bouncing down to third man.

Stan: "Chigumbura could have given Zimbabwe some big overs at this stage. Missing him badly."

End of over 39 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 178/3
CR Ervine    52* (65b 5x4 1x6)      TL Best    8-0-33-0
H Masakadza    55* (79b 1x4 2x6)      SP Narine    8-0-41-1

39.1

Narine to Ervine, 2 runs, Ervine stays very deep in the crease, waiting on the ball to spin and hacking a cut out into the deep.

39.2

Narine to Ervine, no run, looped up by Narine. Ervine is lured into a drive, connecting well but picking out the man at cover.

39.3

Narine to Ervine, no run, plenty of air on this one, and it's the offspinner. Ervine lunges forward in defense.

39.4

Narine to Ervine, 1 run, the quicker one from Narine, and it rushes on with the arm. It's too short, though, and Ervine has time to rock back and hammer a pull out to deep midwicket. Still no boundaries in this Powerplay.

39.5

Narine to Masakadza, FOUR, now there is one! Masakadza backs away, picking Narine's front-of-the-hand delivery and bludgeoning a backfoot punch through cover.

39.6

Narine to Masakadza, 1 run, Masakadza stays back once again, turning his wrists over an offspinner to find a single to midwicket.

Mike: "Well, now you've got two players here just raising their 50's, they have solidified this batting partnership now and steered things in a positive way, and what's better now than to take your confidence to the next level, and that is to play confidently over the remaining overs they've got left."

End of over 40 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 186/3
H Masakadza    60* (81b 2x4 2x6)      SP Narine    9-0-49-1
CR Ervine    55* (69b 5x4 1x6)      TL Best    8-0-33-0

There's a change in the bowling, Dwayne Bravo bringing himself back in place of Best.

40.1

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, an attempted paddle straight away by Masakadza, but he can't quite execute the stroke.

40.2

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, no run, a more orthodox stroke this time, but Masakadza's drive finds the fielder and it's another dot.

Dylan: "Stan my sentiments exactly! Elton would have provided a much needed impetus at the end of the innings. Pity, but his form prior to BPL was abysmal."

40.3

DJ Bravo to Masakadza, OUT, Bravo breaks through! A tame dismissal after what has been a good knock. Masakadza was looking to hurry things along, and made room as Bravo looped down a slow offcutter. The barrel-chested batsman hoicked across the line at it, and a swirling top edge was easily held by Narine running in from third man. This was turning into a really useful stand for the Zimbabweans.

H Masakadza c Narine b DJ Bravo 60 (124m 84b 2x4 2x6) SR: 71.42

40.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, Bravo shoots one across Ervine's bows, the left-hander stepping forward with an angled blade to run the ball down to third man.

40.5

DJ Bravo to Waller, no run, Waller wants a single to get off the mark, but there's none to be had as he tucks a full delivery straight to midwicket.

Baynham Goredema: "Zimbabwe are being to nice to these bowlers, West Indies won't be nice and they will be dealing in boundaries"

40.6

DJ Bravo to Waller, 1 run, another slower one. Waller shovels a drive to Russell's left at cover, and there's time for a single as the fielder tumbles over to stop it.

Waller played fairly well the other day for Zimbabwe, but there was no intensity in the match by the time he got to the crease. It's a different story this time around, and he'll have to be quickly into his stride. That wicket was just the boon West Indies needed, and if they can get into the soft underbelly of the Zimbabwean middle order, this innings could fall apart quite quickly.

End of over 41 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 188/4
MN Waller    1* (2b)      DJ Bravo    7-1-24-3
CR Ervine    56* (70b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    9-0-49-1

Narine continues, and he's got a slip in place for the new batsman.

41.1

Narine to Waller, no run, chopped down to cover point, where there's a fielder quite close to the bat.

41.2

Narine to Waller, 1 run, this went like a legbreak, squaring Waller up and taking the outside edge. He does well to play with soft hands, running the ball down past slip and taking a single.

41.3

Narine to Ervine, 2 runs, the same shot, but in reverse. The ball grips and spins across Ervine, who does well to cover the turn - just about - and they sprint back for the second.

41.4

Narine to Ervine, no run, this fairly spat off the track! Ervine was pressing forward, but the ball kicked up at him and struck the splice.

41.5

Narine to Ervine, 1 run, nudged into the leg side

41.6

Narine to Waller, 2 runs, well played by Waller. He stayed back and read the spin off the pitch, cutting down to third man as the ball spun away from him.

Johnny Clegg: "I thought that there would be some comments posted in Shona too. Enda Zimbabwe. Iwe uno kwanisa kunda!"

End of over 42 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 194/4
MN Waller    4* (5b)      SP Narine    10-0-55-1
CR Ervine    59* (73b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    7-1-24-3

Kemar Roach comes back now, Bravo juggling his attack.

42.1

Roach to Ervine, 1 run, he comes round the wicket to Ervine, who slashes a low full toss towards point.

42.2

Roach to Waller, 2 runs, fetched into the leg side, and they take a second before the throw comes in.

42.3

Roach to Waller, SIX, there's a confident stroke! Roach dug in a searing bouncer at the new batsman, but he just rocked back and spanked a pull over deep midwicket. The fielder catches the ball, but he's several metres over the boundary rope.

42.4

Roach to Waller, FOUR, four more! Waller is striking this ball fiercely. After trying the short one Roach slung one down full outside off. Waller made room and sent a scorching drive through extra cover.

42.5

Roach to Waller, 1 no ball, he's bowled him off a no-ball! A fast yorker burst through Waller's swishing defense ... and the no-ball comes from the square leg umpire! What's happened here? Ah, there were too many men outside the circle. Tino Best is the guilty fielder. Roach is fuming, and rightly so!

42.5

Roach to Waller, SIX, that's got to hurt. Immediately after bowling Waller with a no-ball that wasn't his fault, Roach is paddled for a second six, Waller lapping a low full toss over fine leg. Such was the pace in the delivery, it carried all the way. Zimbabwe should be aiming beyond 260 now.

42.6

Roach to Waller, no run, another yorker to finish, but this one is safely dug out. What an over, 20 from it. It's certainly woken the crowd up.

Misheck Hakulandaba: "Hama Dzangu inga Waller anogona...Roach aona Moto"

End of over 43 (20 runs) Zimbabwe 214/4
MN Waller    22* (11b 1x4 2x6)      KAJ Roach    8-1-46-0
CR Ervine    60* (74b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    10-0-55-1

43.1

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, quicker one from Bravo, and Ervine can't get it away.

43.2

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, a slow offcutter is glanced down to fine leg, where the fielder is out on the boundary.

Lameck Ndongwe: "rova bhora waller team yakabaiwa"

43.3

DJ Bravo to Waller, 1 run, tapped to cover, another one to the total. Bravo is restoring some order so far in this over.

43.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, pushed through the covers.

43.5

DJ Bravo to Waller, 1 run, another slower ball, and it's picked by Waller, who runs it down to third man.

43.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, very full, aimed at the base of middle. Ervine digs it out, and they take a single as Bravo palms the ball towards mid-off.

End of over 44 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 219/4
CR Ervine    63* (78b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    8-1-29-3
MN Waller    24* (13b 1x4 2x6)      KAJ Roach    8-1-46-0

44.1

Roach to Ervine, FOUR, smart shot! Ervine backs away as Roach comes round the wicket at him, intentionally angling the ball through the vacant slip area and past the diving Ramdin.

Cris: "Yave nyama yeku gocha." Translation: it's meat for roasting i.e. West Indies are ready to be cooked.

44.2

Roach to Ervine, SIX, even better! What a strike from Ervine. Roach offered a friendly delivery, quick but in the zone to be hit. Ervine made soom room and shellacked a booming drive over extra cover. Way back into the stands.

phi: "zora butter Wally." Erm, spread the butter, Waller. It's a Zimbabwean thing ...

44.3

Roach to Ervine, 1 run, and he follows that up with a single into the off side, putting Waller on strike.

44.4

Roach to Waller, no run, slower ball from Roach, and Waller is already through his wild heave as the ball reaches him. Fortunately for him, it bounces over middle.

44.5

Roach to Waller, 2 runs, hacked in the air, up and over cover point! Bravo had brought the man in from cover point, so the shot was on.

44.6

Roach to Waller, OUT, gone this time! A little too cute from Waller. He made room and was aiming to run the ball through the vacant slip region, but it was another slower one and he was at it too soon. The ball crept past him and rattled the stumps. The celebration from Roach isn't the most expressive.

MN Waller b Roach 26 (21m 16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 162.50

End of over 45 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 232/5
     KAJ Roach    9-1-59-1
CR Ervine    74* (81b 6x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    8-1-29-3

45.1

DJ Bravo to Ervine, SIX, flat-batted over extra cover! Ervine is playing a blinder. It was a half volley from Bravo, but he absolutely hammered it.

45.2

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, that's better from Bravo. Closer to the bat, and Ervine's got no room to work with.

Abez Sharon: "Waller spread the butter too thin .lol"

45.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 wide, Bravo's slower one goes awry, looping down the leg side. Ervine aims to paddle it, but can't lay bat on ball.

45.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 2 leg byes, the attempted yorker is heading down the leg side when it glances off Ervine's foot, and the ball is stopped just inside the boundary.

45.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, OUT, gone! Bravo strikes, and Zimbabwe suffer a double blow. Bravo fired this one down full and fast, and in fact the ball was a full toss aimed right at the middle of the stumps. Ervine backed away and swung, but his bat flashed over the ball and his stumps were disturbed. Bravo has his fourth, and West Indies are right back into the game. Zimbabwe don't have a lot of firepower in their lower middle order.

CR Ervine b DJ Bravo 80 (130m 85b 6x4 3x6) SR: 94.11

Cris: "Maiweee." Hmm. There's no direct translation, but this is a general lamentation from Cris!

45.5

DJ Bravo to Utseya, 1 run, Utseya is off the mark straight away, tapping the ball to midwicket.

45.6

DJ Bravo to Chakabva, 1 run, and Chakabva follows suit, finding a single behind square.

End of over 46 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 243/6
RW Chakabva    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    9-1-38-4
P Utseya    1* (1b)      KAJ Roach    9-1-59-1

46.1

Best to Chakabva, 1 wide, flung down the leg side, Chakabva can't get any bat on it and that's a wide.

Bo J: "Liiiiiiam!!! We are posting a competitive score. This has improved my Sunday by leaps and bounds."

46.1

Best to Chakabva, 1 run, straighter from Best, and on a length. Chakabva plays the ball towards point and they set off.

46.2

Best to Utseya, 1 run, sharp running! Utseya dropped the ball down very close to Ramdin, but Chakabva wanted the single and set off straight away. Ramdin shied, but Chakabva is very quick between the wickets and he's easily home.

46.3

Best to Chakabva, 1 run, a slower ball from Best, the offcutter. Chakabva picks it and turns the ball to square leg.

William Lake: "It's great to see we have a Zimbabwean commentator on cricinfo!"

46.4

Best to Utseya, 1 run, these two are milking the singles quite well. Utseya gets very low and cuts the ball quite late down to third man.

46.5

Best to Chakabva, 1 run, nudged to leg, one more to the total. Good running.

46.6

Best to Utseya, 1 run, yet another cheeky single as Utseya looks to angle the ball behind square. Frustrating for the fielding side, but they won't mind too much as the boundaries have dried up after the wickets.

End of over 47 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 250/6
P Utseya    4* (4b)      TL Best    9-0-40-0
RW Chakabva    4* (4b)      DJ Bravo    9-1-38-4

47.1

Roach to Utseya, no run, Utseya targets the boundary this time, but his airy shot results only in a play-and-miss.

47.2

Roach to Utseya, 1 run, that's better. Utseya picks a slower ball and flicks a single to leg.

47.3

Roach to Chakabva, 1 leg bye, huge heave! Chakabva threw absolutely everything into this stroke, looking to leather it over deep midwicket. He tried to hit it just a little too hard, perhaps, and ended up skewing it off the thigh towards point.

47.4

Roach to Utseya, 1 run, slower one from Roach, and Utseya makes room to punch the ball through cover point.

sachin khairnar: "@Liam "What is Travis friend doing this days, he was very good bowler and had some tricks to bat too at the end in his early days of International cricket." I believe he's a pilot in Australia, Sachin.

47.5

Roach to Chakabva, 1 run, angled down to third man, one more to the total.

47.6

Roach to Utseya, 1 run, another slower ball from Roach, and Utseya chops it down into the off side.

End of over 48 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 255/6
P Utseya    7* (8b)      KAJ Roach    10-1-63-1
RW Chakabva    5* (6b)      TL Best    9-0-40-0

48.1

Best to Utseya, no run, sharp yorker! Utseya was fortunate this one wasn't aimed at the stumps. He backed away but Best followed him with a searing yorker that zipped under the bat.

Misheck Hakulandaba: "Liam-Vakomana vachovha ndima nhasi. vabvisa nyadzi...The boys have done well and removed our shame.."

48.2

Best to Utseya, 1 run, he lays bat on this one, Best just missing the yorker mark and Utseya turning the ball to square leg.

48.3

Best to Chakabva, 3 runs, a slower ball is slogged out into the deep ... but it slows up, and is hurled back as they complete the third run.

Julius: "Lol @ Bo J....don't worry...our batsmen should spoil your Sunday again...sorry!!!!"

48.4

Best to Utseya, 2 wides, sprayed down the leg side, a clear wide. Ramdin can't quite collect cleanly, and they take a run.

48.4

Best to Chakabva, no run, Chakabva is down on one knee as he looks to smear this down the ground. Great flourish, but precious little result.

48.5

Best to Chakabva, SIX, he's hit this one! A remarkable shot. He picked the ball up off middle stump and sent it arcing out over deep square leg. The shot never got up too high, but it went way over the boundary. Ferociously hit.

48.6

Best to Chakabva, 1 run, another slower ball to end the over, and Chakabva forces it away through cover.

Muvati: "The Shona comments remind me of Andy Blignaut batting with Dave Mutendera against the great Ausy team when they had a slip cordon of 10 player...and Blignaut had some great advise for Dave..."rova bhora bedzi David...." - just hit the ball David...lol"

End of over 49 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 268/6
RW Chakabva    15* (10b 1x6)      TL Best    10-0-53-0
P Utseya    8* (10b)      KAJ Roach    10-1-63-1

49.1

DJ Bravo to Chakabva, OUT, Bravo has five! Chakabva attempts to repeat the big shot from the last over, but he slices too far underneath it and Pollard holds onto a steepler. Pollard called for it straight away, and settled underneath the ball as it plummeted down. The Zimbabweans had to go for everything in this final over, but Chakabva's efforts will have been appreciated by his team.

RW Chakabva c Pollard b DJ Bravo 15 (21m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 136.36

Karnain: "Maiden 5 per for captain DJ Bravo to follow up Darren Bravo's maiden ODI ton. Is this turning out to be a series of Bravo family vs Zimbabwe?"

49.2

DJ Bravo to Utseya, 1 run, scooped to midwicket, and they sprint through.

49.3

DJ Bravo to Jarvis, 1 run, a slower ball, Jarvis just about picks it and plays the ball to leg to get off the mark.

49.4

DJ Bravo to Utseya, 1 run, even slower from Bravo. Utseya has no pace whatsoever to work with, but picks a gap and they take another single.

49.5

DJ Bravo to Jarvis, OUT, six for Bravo! Yet another slower delivery, and Jarvis made to room to try to carve the ball over cover. He didn't get close to timing it, however, tapping a limp catch straight to Dwayne's younger brother Darren.

KM Jarvis c DM Bravo b DJ Bravo 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

49.6

DJ Bravo to Utseya, 2 runs, Bravo ends with a quicker ball, and Utseya swings it away towards midwicket. The fielder has some ground to make, and so they've got time to rush back for a second run.

Match State: Innings Break. A much improved effort from the Zimbabweans, and West Indies will have to toil quite hard to chase these runs down. What is clear, however, is that this is a benign batting surface, so West Indies will fancy their chances. It's worth mentioning that Sunil Narine found appreciable grip and spin, despite travelling for quite a few runs, and Zimbabwe's spinners will have something to work with. Join us in half an hour or so for the chase, and do have a look at Abhishek Purohit's report during the interval.

CowsCorner: "Good to see the Zimbos posting a big total. Hoping for a Windies implosion here."

Levi: "Liam can we please get bowlers speeds for the zim innings if possible. Especially with chatara playing. We need to know the speeds of our guys." Levi, I'll do what I can. The quicks certainly looked a couple of yards slower than they had been this time last year in the first game. I suspect that Tendai Chatara will bring a little more zip to the attack.

srini: "The older brother accomplished his mission earlier today in style. Hoping for the younger brother to do the same!!"

Bo J: "@julius - as a Zimbabwean cricket supporter I am the eternal optimist!! You never know what might happen..."

End of over 50 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 273/8
P Utseya    12* (13b)      DJ Bravo    10-1-43-6
N Mushangwe    0* (0b)      TL Best    10-0-53-0
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
More results »

Photos

Feb 24, 2013

Kieron Pollard smashed 41 runs from just 20 balls, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Grenada, February 24, 2013

Kieron Pollard smashed 41 runs from just 20 balls

© WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo

Feb 24, 2013

Ramnaresh Sarwan scored his fifth ODI hundred and his first since his return to the West Indies team, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Grenada, February 24, 2013

Ramnaresh Sarwan scored his fifth ODI hundred and his first since his return to the West Indies team

© WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo

All photos for this match | Galleries

Sponsored Links

Why not you? Read and learn how!