Zimbabwe in West Indies T20I Series - 1st T20I

West Indies v Zimbabwe

West Indies won by 8 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)

We're just about set to go, with Tino Best to open the bowling with Vusi Sibanda on strike ...

Dominic Williams: "Why pick Simmons? He has been invisible for sometime now, It is dishearting for Devon Smith who have not performed badly this season. PLEASE MAY WE HAVE BOTH PLAYERS SATISTICS FOR 2013? Please try to select playerson merit next time." Someone, please, help Dominic out with these stats.

Riddymon: "Windies line up looks a proper batter or two short. Looks like their plan is to blast them out with their bowling...." Both sides are, perhaps, just a little light on batting.

ken: "Hi Liam, from your pitch report it looks like Zim. can maintain thier winning run against the WI. Zim. have the patience to bat on such a surface, whereas WI do not." Counting chickens, just a little, Ken!

Teams Here's a look at the Zimbabwe XI: Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk/capt), Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Tino Mutombodzi, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Natsai Mushangwe, Chris Mpofu.

So, Zimbabwe are playing no less than three spinners, and five bowlers in all. Zimbabwe will also be buoyed by the return of in-form middle-order batsman Craig Ervine.

Arnold Ruzvidzo: "180-200 should be good enough, Taylor, Masakadza should step up...bat like there is no tomorrow lads.." Once more unto the breach, eh Arnold?

Pitch and conditions It is, happily, a warm, sunny day in Antigua - though there is a stiff breeze blowing across the ground. There's an odd look to the pitch, some areas are grassy - with the grass rolled in - and some bald patches that are cracked. It could well be a two-paced track. The boundary markers have been brought in significantly from their usual marks, so this could well be a boundary-laden match.

Sakush: "Welcome back Liam!! Glad to see you back in charge of Zimbabwe matches!!" Thank you Sakush, it's a pleasure to be here.

Hussain Syed: "Where is Brian Vitori??!" Struggling for form and fitness, sadly. His absence certainly weakens Zimbabwe's seam attack.

Graham: "No Chigumbura for Zim , despite his form in the recent Bangladesh T20 Competition big blow for Zim fans." Indeed Graham, he was in stellar all-round form in Bangladesh. Perhaps Zimbabwe can take heart from the fact that they have a 100% win record against West Indies in T20Is?

Teams This is what the West Indies XI looks like: DJG Sammy (capt), S Badree, AD Russell, TL Best, DJ Bravo, DM Bravo, J Charles, SP Narine, KA Pollard, D Ramdin (wk), LMP Simmons.

Toss Brendan Taylor has called correctly at the toss for the fourth time in four games, and Zimbabwe will bat first today.

There will be minor tweaks to both sides, surely, and for West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree and allrounder Christopher Barnwell are likely to make appearances. They'll also have their regular captain, Darren Sammy, back after a well-earned rest.

Zimbabwe's young legspinning pair, Tino Mutombodzi and Natsai Mushangwe, made a good impression during th one-day games, and they should probably both make it into today's starting XI.

Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the first Twenty20 international between West Indies and Zimbabwe at North Sound. This form of cricket has a reputation for bridging the gap between unequal teams, but the bridge between these two sides could well be in Moria it's so huge. I'm Liam Brickhill, and I'll be your commentator for this game. The ever-dependable Kanishkaa Balachandran is on report duties tonight.

0.1

Best to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, Best's pace hurries Sibanda straight away, the ball rebounding off the hip and down to short fine leg to open Zimbabwe's account.

0.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, Best shoots one down just short of a length outside off, prompting a non-committal waft from Masakadza. Past the outside edge.

0.3

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, Hamilton drops a defensive stroke close to his own feet, but Sibanda is alert to the chance for a run and calls his partner through. Best hares after the ball, but he can't pick it up cleanly.

0.4

Best to Sibanda, no run, a lifting length delivery strikes Sibanda amidships, drawing a joyful whoop from the stands. Is that what the kiddies come to see?

0.5

Best to Sibanda, no run, Best's pace is just a little too hot for Sibanda at the minute. A 144.5kph thunderbolt is past his wafting leg glance in a flash to strike him on the pad. Slipping well down leg.

0.6

Best to Sibanda, 1 run, a good stroke for just a single. Sibanda leans over a leg-stump half volley, and this time he gets bat on ball.

seansie: "Hey Ho Liam! Talking about chickens...how any of their cousins (golden ducks) will west indiens get?" Thanks for joining us once again, Seansie.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
V Sibanda    1* (4b)      TL Best    1-0-2-0
H Masakadza    1* (2b)     

Darren Sammy has called upon Samuel Badree straight away. He should get this new ball to skid on quite sharply.

1.1

Badree to Sibanda, FOUR, stroked through the covers! Sibanda looks good on the pull, but he's perhaps even better when he drives in this fashion. Left foot to the pitch, elbow high, and the ball glides through the gap.

1.2

Badree to Sibanda, no run, a touch too short, and the cut is lashed to point. Not much in the way of turn just yet.

1.3

Badree to Sibanda, no run, a better delivery, straighter, and it's tapped back down the track.

1.4

Badree to Sibanda, no run, punched firmly off the back foot, the ball again skidding on. Intercepted at cover.

1.5

Badree to Sibanda, FOUR, this time he threads the gap with the cut! Sibanda waited on this one, playing it deliberately later, to find the gap behind point.

1.6

Badree to Sibanda, no run, solid forward defensive ends the over - a good one for Zimbabwe, though there wasn't much rotation of the strike.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
V Sibanda    9* (10b 2x4)      S Badree    1-0-8-0
H Masakadza    1* (2b)      TL Best    1-0-2-0

2.1

Best to Masakadza, no run, it's a different story at the other end! Best charges in and unleashes a snorter of a delivery that leaps up to strike Masakadza on the chest.

2.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, another bouncer draws a swishing pull stroke, and Best appeals - optimistically - as the ball loops through to Ramdin.

2.3

Best to Masakadza, no run, again a touch on the short side, Masakadza riding the bounce to play to leg.

Kuda: "why is Keegan Meth not being selected? the team surely lakes all rounders in the abscence of chigumbura no wonder we always a bowler shot in the ODIs" Good point, Kuda. Perhaps conditions haven't suited Meth's medium pace swing bowling? Not that Zimbabwe have a whole lot else to offer ...

2.4

Best to Masakadza, 1 run, again Masakadza is back in his crease, but this time his nudge to leg rolls into space and they take a single.

2.5

Best to Sibanda, FOUR, picked up over long leg! Best strayed in line, sending this one down the leg side, and Sibanda dispatched it to the rope with a flick off his pads. Well-hit.

2.6

Best to Sibanda, OUT, but gone this time! Best digs one in outside off and Sibanda flashes hard ... only for the ball to loop straight to Simmons at third man. Sibanda was aiming to uppercut it, but couldn't get enough on it, and Simmons barely had to move. So, an early wicket for the hosts and Zimbabwe under familiar pressure.

V Sibanda c Simmons b Best 13 (11m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

End of over 3 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 16/1 (RR: 5.33)
     TL Best    2-0-7-1
H Masakadza    2* (6b)      S Badree    1-0-8-0

3.1

Badree to Masakadza, 1 run, Masakadza leans well forward to nudge a flighted delivery to midwicket.

3.2

Badree to Taylor, no run, Taylor skips down the track to get to the pitch, and dabs the ball straight to the man at midwicket.

3.3

Badree to Taylor, no run, pushed wider by the bowler, but Taylor can't find the gap with a square drive.

3.4

Badree to Taylor, OUT, caught behind! Taylor attempts a reverse-sweep - or, reverse ramp shot, almost - as Badree spears one down outside off, but the ball rushes on to him and kisses the edge before it's caught by Ramdin. There's a massive appeal, and Taylor trudges off straight away.

BRM Taylor c †Ramdin b Badree 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

3.5

Badree to Ervine, FOUR, that's a decent way to get off the mark. Ervine steps forward to crunch a low full toss through extra cover, and Zimbabwe are back up and running ... somewhat.

3.6

Badree to Ervine, no run, a better length from Badree, and Ervine steps back and across to defend.

A familiar top-order wobble from the Zimbabweans, and West Indies will have their tails up once again.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 21/2 (RR: 5.25)
CR Ervine    4* (2b 1x4)      S Badree    2-0-13-1
H Masakadza    3* (7b)      TL Best    2-0-7-1

4.1

Best to Masakadza, 1 wide, a slower ball goes wrong, bouncing well down the leg side.

4.1

Best to Masakadza, no run, yep, there's definitely variable bounce in this track! This ball must have hit one of the bald patches, coming through slower and lower and ducking under Masakadza's bat as he backed away to leg.

4.2

Best to Masakadza, no run, again Masakadza makes room, but this time the ball comes on to the bat and he cuts to point.

4.3

Best to Masakadza, SIX, muscled over deep square leg! Masakadza hasn't been at his most fluent today, but this one definitely came out of the middle. It was an attempted bouncer, but Masakadza met fire with fire to pull it away for six.

4.4

Best to Masakadza, no run, Best follows up with a sharp yorker, the ball dug out to mid on.

4.5

Best to Masakadza, OUT, how has he caught that? Pollard is quite some fielder. Standing at backward point, he can't be much more than 20 metres from the bat, and this was struck ferociously hard ... and he just stretched up to pluck it out of the air one-handed. Masakadza walks off, shaking his head. He really struck this cut shot well, but he couldn't get it past Pollard's lofty frame. Zimbabwe lose another one ...

H Masakadza c Pollard b Best 9 (21m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

4.6

Best to Waller, no run, Waller thrusts forward in defense, the ball taking the inside edge of the bat to excite Best, but rolling safely to leg.

End of over 5 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 28/3 (RR: 5.60)
MN Waller    0* (1b)      TL Best    3-0-14-2
CR Ervine    4* (2b 1x4)      S Badree    2-0-13-1

5.1

Badree to Ervine, no run, nudged gently back to the bowler.

5.2

Badree to Ervine, 1 run, just over a leaping Pollard at short extra cover! Ervine was aiming to leg, but the ball left him off the track and took the leading edge. Pollard backpedalled and leapt, but couldn't quite get the hands to it.

5.3

Badree to Waller, 1 run, chopped down behind square, and they sprint through.

5.4

Badree to Ervine, no run, Badree spears this one down wider as Ervine makes room, and the ball scuttles through just a little low to beat the bottom edge of his bat.

5.5

Badree to Ervine, no run, Ervine is down the track this time, but Badree spots him coming and sends this down much shorter, and quicker too. The ball grips, spinning back into Ervine and striking him high on the pad. Waller wants a single, but it's not on.

5.6

Badree to Ervine, FOUR, some relief for Zimbabwe! Ervine breaks the shackles with a thump through cover point off the back foot. Too wide from Badree, and it just sat up and asked to be hit.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 34/3 (RR: 5.66)
CR Ervine    9* (7b 2x4)      S Badree    3-0-19-1
MN Waller    1* (2b)      TL Best    3-0-14-2

There's a change in the attack as Darren Sammy brings himself on. If he can find a wicket-to-wicket line, he could be quite a handful with the variable bounce in this track.

6.1

Sammy to Waller, FOUR, that's not the greatest start, feeding Waller a short, wide delivery outside off that is scythed wide of the man at third man.

6.2

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, outside off once again, but not as wide this time and Waller runs the ball off the face of the bat in orthodox fashion.

Riddymon: "It's a BIRD....It's a PLANE...it's SUPERMAN...ooh..no..wait..it's Pollard!"

6.3

Sammy to Ervine, no run, Sammy finds a better line to the left-hander, Ervine nudging to cover point.

6.4

Sammy to Ervine, no run, that's kept very low indeed! This landed on almost the same spot, perhaps just a shade fuller, but it's shot through at shin height and Ervine has to jab down in a hurry to keep it out.

6.5

Sammy to Ervine, no run, a slower ball this time, but it's spotted early and played into the off side.

6.6

Sammy to Ervine, no run, and another watchful push to cover ends the over.

This isn't exactly a batting paradise. The pitch has already misbehaved a touch, and the challenge now for the visitors is to give their bowlers a total to work with.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 39/3 (RR: 5.57)
CR Ervine    9* (11b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0
MN Waller    6* (4b 1x4)      S Badree    3-0-19-1

7.1

Badree to Waller, 1 run, whipped down to long on with plenty of bottom hand.

7.2

Badree to Ervine, 1 run, driven through the covers, slightly uppishly but in the gap.

7.3

Badree to Waller, 1 run, very quick through the air, really speared in, and Waller nudges through point.

7.4

Badree to Ervine, no run, another quick, flat delivery dies off the track, taking the bottom edge of Ervine's attempted pull. It was quite short too, but never really got up.

7.5

Badree to Ervine, 1 run, this time Ervine goes forward rather than back, and meets the ball on the full to sweep to square leg.

7.6

Badree to Waller, FOUR, a good finish to the over for Zimbabwe, Waller bending down really low to sweep powerfully out to long leg. The man out there had just been sent back, but he was too fine.

End of over 8 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 47/3 (RR: 5.87)
MN Waller    12* (7b 2x4)      S Badree    4-0-27-1
CR Ervine    11* (14b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0

8.1

Sammy to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine steps half forward and angles the bat to run a length delivery down behind square.

8.2

Sammy to Waller, no run, Sammy finds a troublesome length outside off, and Waller's feet can't really get moving as he prods the ball into the off side.

8.3

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, there's a little more authority in this stroke, Waller cutting hard out to the cover sweeper as Sammy slips just a little wide.

8.4

Sammy to Ervine, FOUR, shot! Sammy floated this slower one up outside off, and Ervine sent it racing to the boundary with a classical, checked cover drive. Didn't over-hit it at all, just timed the shot to perfection.

8.5

Sammy to Ervine, no run, past the outside edge! Sammy found that inbetween length again, and this one just left Ervine off the seam to beat the outside edge.

8.6

Sammy to Ervine, 1 run, played with angled bat down to third man.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 54/3 (RR: 6.00)
CR Ervine    17* (18b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-12-0
MN Waller    13* (9b 2x4)      S Badree    4-0-27-1

Well, Zimbabwe are still in some strife and they've not even faced a delivery from the tricky Sunil Narine yet. That's about to change as he's brought on for Badree.

9.1

Narine to Ervine, no run, an offspinner to start, Ervine pushing forward to play it to the covers.

9.2

Narine to Ervine, no run, a similar delivery, but Ervine taps it off the back foot this time.

9.3

Narine to Ervine, no run, play-and-a-miss! Narine lands one in front of Ervine's off stump and zips it past his outside edge.

9.4

Narine to Ervine, 2 runs, nudged down behind square, and Waller wants the single ... Ervine dithers, but the throw goes to the wrong end, and Waller is safely through. And there are overthrows! It was the captain, Sammy, who shied at the stumps, but his throw went wide.

9.5

Narine to Ervine, no run, and past the edge again! The turn isn't extravagant, but it's enough to beat Ervine as he plays inside the line.

9.6

Narine to Ervine, no run, the left-hander makes sure to get right behind this one to defend.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 56/3 (RR: 5.60)
CR Ervine    19* (24b 3x4)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0
MN Waller    13* (9b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-12-0

10.1

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, Waller rides a hint of extra bounce to pick up yet another single to third man.

10.2

Sammy to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine walks into a defensive push, angling the bat to find the gap at gully.

10.3

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, a length delivery is punched through the covers for a single.

10.4

Sammy to Ervine, no run, that's the right line, wicket-to-wicket, and Ervine can do little more than protect his stumps.

10.5

Sammy to Ervine, 1 run, this time Ervine makes room, stepping away to leg, and crunches the ball past point.

10.6

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, thrashed out to the cover sweeper, Waller cutting off the front foot.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 61/3 (RR: 5.54)
MN Waller    16* (12b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-17-0
CR Ervine    21* (27b 3x4)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0

11.1

Narine to Waller, no run, Narine lands one on off stump and cuts it away. Waller doesn't really have a clue, and is footed to the crease as he pokes outside off. Ball beats bat.

There's a slip in place, and a man at a short third man. Almost gully.

11.2

Narine to Waller, 1 run, this time he lays bat on it, and places the ball well enough on the off side to scamper through for one.

11.3

Narine to Ervine, 1 leg bye, an attempted reverse sweep from Ervine, and they race through for one as ball comes off the glove and goes wide of Sammy at slip.

11.4

Narine to Waller, 1 run, Waller stays well back in his crease to read this one off the pitch, nudging to cover point.

11.5

Narine to Ervine, no run, turn and bounce! Ervine was back and hoping to cut, but the ball burst past him.

11.6

Narine to Ervine, no run, Narine ends the over with a quicker ball, and a highly optimistic appeal as Ervine is struck on the pad aiming to sweep. Umpire Nero has a good look and says no, the ball clearly landing outside leg ...

End of over 12 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 64/3 (RR: 5.33)
CR Ervine    21* (30b 3x4)      SP Narine    2-0-4-0
MN Waller    18* (15b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-17-0

The West Indies side is chockablock full of the thing Zimbabwe desperately need: allrounders. Here's another one of them, and he's rather good too. Dwayne Bravo comes on to bowl.

12.1

DJ Bravo to Waller, no run, he offers Waller some width outside off, but his cut goes straight to point.

12.2

DJ Bravo to Waller, 1 run, Bravo lends this one a little straight, and quite full. Waller swings merrily across the line, and takes a single as the ball rolls to fine leg.

12.3

DJ Bravo to Ervine, FOUR, Ervine breaks the boundary drought! Bravo's lines and lengths have been a little all over the place in this over, and this one was much too wide. Ervine leaned back and carved over point for four. That's the first boundary in 24 deliveries!

12.4

DJ Bravo to Ervine, FOUR, ah, a deft touch to follow up that crunching stroke. This is really well played by Ervine, who angles the bat at the last moment to run the ball through the vacant slip area.

12.5

DJ Bravo to Ervine, no run, Bravo responds with a much slower one, Ervine pushing it back down the track.

12.6

DJ Bravo to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine makes room, digging a full ball out through cover for a single.

End of over 13 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 74/3 (RR: 5.69)
CR Ervine    30* (34b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-10-0
MN Waller    19* (17b 2x4)      SP Narine    2-0-4-0

Yet another allrounder, Andre Russell with the ball. Zimbabwe will be heartened by the fact that he averages a whopping 188 with the ball in T20 internationals ...

13.1

Russell to Ervine, 1 run, just short of a good length to start, and Ervine nudges to third man.

13.2

Russell to Waller, 1 run, Waller follows suit, but plays this squarer and a little uppishly, but in the gap to find a single on the off side. Good pace from Russell, up at 138.2kph.

13.3

Russell to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine knows exactly where his strike-rotation shot should be aimed: third man. Yet another single in that direction.

13.4

Russell to Waller, 1 run, a slower ball from Russell, but Waller reads it and finds a tip-and-run single to cover point.

13.5

Russell to Ervine, 1 run, another slower ball, this one very slow indeed. It's nicely straight, but Ervine manages to play it into the gap at mid off.

13.6

Russell to Waller, 1 run, driven down to long off for another single to end the over.

Zimbabwe are doing alright here. Strike rotation could be the key to a decent total on this variable track. Not that West Indies will be too flustered just yet.

End of over 14 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 80/3 (RR: 5.71)
MN Waller    22* (20b 2x4)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0
CR Ervine    33* (37b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-10-0

Surprise, surprise, it's another allrounder! Darren Sammy turns to his seventh bowler, Kieron Pollard.

14.1

Pollard to Waller, no run, he's on the mark to start, Waller nudging defensively into the covers.

14.2

Pollard to Waller, FOUR, too straight, and Waller cashes in! Pollard floated this one down the leg side, and Waller helped it on it's way with a powerful pick-up to long leg.

This is now Zimbabwe's highest 4th-wicket stand in Twenty20s.

14.3

Pollard to Waller, no run, Pollard gives Waller nothing to work with this time. A slower one, very slow at 105kph, is tapped back down the track.

14.4

Pollard to Waller, 1 run, again Pollard slips towards Waller's pads, the Zimbabwean slog sweeping in the air out to midwicket ... and the ball dropping well short of the fielder.

14.5

Pollard to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine backs away and shovels a singles through cover point.

14.6

Pollard to Waller, 2 runs, it's in the air ... and safe! Waller backs away and absolutely hacks at this one, the ball skewing off the top edge and spiraling high towards the covers. Johnson Charles sprints back, but he can't quite get to it.

End of over 15 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 88/3 (RR: 5.86)
MN Waller    29* (25b 3x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0
CR Ervine    34* (38b 5x4)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0

15.1

Narine to Ervine, OUT, stumped by miles! They got this one right on the television commentary. "Ervine came down the track, and didn't find what he was looking for." He telegraphed his intents, coming down very early, and Narine looped the ball down wider. Ervine had no choice but to go for it, but ended up wafting at thin air.

CR Ervine st †Ramdin b Narine 34 (46m 39b 5x4 0x6) SR: 87.17

15.2

Narine to Chibhabha, no run, Chibhabha stays back to punch a leg-cutting delivery to point.

BILAL RIZWAN: "I think Zimbabwe should attack the non-regular bowlers to get a descent total as three of the 5 overs will be bowled by Narine and Best." Provided they can survive Narine, that is. And Chamu Chibhabha isn't the world's best player of spin.

15.3

Narine to Chibhabha, no run, again Chibhabha stays back, this time punching into the covers.

15.4

Narine to Chibhabha, 1 run, he's off the mark this time, punting a full ball down to long on.

15.5

Narine to Waller, 1 run, too wide from Narine, Waller is able to read it off the track and lace a cut out into the deep.

15.6

Narine to Chibhabha, 1 run, this keeps a little low, Chibhabha playing deep in his crease, but there's a good enough connection to find a single to long off.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 91/4 (RR: 5.68)
CJ Chibhabha    2* (4b)      SP Narine    3-0-7-1
MN Waller    30* (26b 3x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0

16.1

Sammy to Chibhabha, 1 leg bye, Chibhabha didn't know too much about this run ... The ball, from Sammy, was a yorker that hit the toe and rolled to point. Chibhabha thought it had gone to leg, and took an age to respond to Waller's call for a single. Chamu motors to make his ground, diving into Sammy's legs, and fortunately for him the throw is wide.

16.2

Sammy to Waller, SIX, shot! This was right in Waller's hitting arc. Pitched up outside off, and he thumped it straight back over Sammy's head for six. Waller holds the key to a competitive total. He's in, and seeing the ball reasonably well.

16.3

Sammy to Waller, 1 wide, a slower ball is looped down the leg side. Ramdin, up to the stumps, collects as it's called wide. Waller is annoyed with himself for missing the paddle sweep.

16.3

Sammy to Waller, SIX, shellacked over wide long on! Much too short at Sammy's pace. The long hop sat up, and Waller swung at it to send the ball sailing over the boundary.

16.4

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, another slower ball, and at just 89.6kph it takes an age to get to Waller, who drives through the covers.

16.5

Sammy to Chibhabha, 1 run, a quicker ball is drilled down to long off.

16.6

Sammy to Waller, 1 wide, another wide! These are handy extras for Zimbabwe. Once again Sammy sends this one down the leg side, even further in fact.

16.6

Sammy to Waller, 1 run, heaved out into the deep for another single, and Waller keeps the strike.

End of over 17 (18 runs) Zimbabwe 109/4 (RR: 6.41)
MN Waller    44* (30b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    4-0-34-0
CJ Chibhabha    3* (6b)      SP Narine    3-0-7-1

17.1

Narine to Waller, FOUR, shot! Waller keeps the back foot rooted, but reads this one off the track to loft it over extra cover, off the back foot.

17.2

Narine to Waller, no run, speared through much quicker by Narine, and the ball scoots through to beat Waller's sweep and hit him on the pad. There's an appeal, but the umpire isn't interested. Replays suggest that would've gone on to hit leg ...

17.3

Narine to Waller, 1 run, an attempted slog sweep is toe-ended to midwicket.

17.4

Narine to Chibhabha, FOUR, lofted over extra cover! Chibhabha follows Waller's example, attacking the off side boundary as Narine offers width outside off. This was fuller, and Chibhabha played it off the front foot, but no less fluently.

17.5

Narine to Chibhabha, 1 run, the offspinner turns in sharply, but Chibhabha places it between the men behind the wicket on the off side for a single.

17.6

Narine to Waller, OUT, gone for 49! Waller makes room and swipes, the ball rushing on to rattle his stumps. It looked like the quicker offspinner, and beat the inside edge.

MN Waller b Narine 49 (50m 34b 4x4 2x6) SR: 144.11

Waller was just a single away from his maiden T20I half-century, and his exit will put a big dent in Zimbabwe's charge at the death.

End of over 18 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 119/5 (RR: 6.61)
     SP Narine    4-0-17-2
CJ Chibhabha    8* (8b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-34-0

Tino Best is back into the attack. He bowled a frugal opening spell, picking up two wickets, and his pace will surely be a handful for Zimbabwe's lower order.

18.1

Best to Chibhabha, OUT, too hot to handle! Best starts with a searing yorker, and it's through Chibhabha before he can get the bat down. Beaten for pace, pure and simple.

CJ Chibhabha b Best 8 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

18.2

Best to Utseya, 1 wide, not the greatest follow-up, Best hurling this one down the leg side.

18.2

Best to Utseya, 1 leg bye, again he's too quick for the batsman, but Utseya manages to get his pad in the way and kick a single to square leg.

18.3

Best to Mutombodzi, 1 run, Mutombodzi rides the bounce on this short one to work a single to square leg.

BILAL RIZWAN: "I think Zimbabwe can have a good chance to win the game if they reach around 140 because their bowling attack is not bad and we know the condotion of the pitch." 140 looks a long way away at the moment!

18.4

Best to Utseya, no run, Mutombodzi should've been run out here! Utseya was beaten outside off by a slower one, and Mutombodzi spotted the chance for a single, and set off, but his partner didn't respond. Ramdin's shy went wide of the stumps, and Best wasn't backing up ...

18.5

Best to Utseya, 1 run, quick, outside off, and Utseya punches to cover point. There's a misfield - which has been a rare occurrence today - and they take a single.

18.6

Best to Mutombodzi, 1 run, a slower one is swung down to long on.

End of over 19 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 124/6 (RR: 6.52)
CT Mutombodzi    2* (2b)      TL Best    4-0-18-3
P Utseya    1* (3b)      SP Narine    4-0-17-2

Dwayne Bravo to finish things off for West Indies.

19.1

DJ Bravo to Mutombodzi, OUT, deceived by the slower ball! Mutombodzi was through the shot before the ball got to him, and spooned a simple catch out to Russell at deep midwicket.

CT Mutombodzi c Russell b DJ Bravo 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Bravo is coming round the wicket in this final over.

19.2

DJ Bravo to Utseya, 1 run, heaved to leg once again, but this time along the ground to Russell.

19.3

DJ Bravo to Mushangwe, 1 run, pushed down to long on, where Pollard is in quickly to keep them to a single.

19.4

DJ Bravo to Utseya, OUT, another one perishes in the pursuit of runs! Utseya picked up a length delivery, swiping it in the air to deep midwicket. He hit it reasonably well, but was hitting into a strong wind coming from that side of the ground, so the ball plummeted down a couple of feet inside the rope, Russell again holding a simple catch.

P Utseya c Russell b DJ Bravo 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

19.5

DJ Bravo to Mushangwe, no run, Mushangwe aims an almighty heave towards the Antilles, but doesn't get within a foot of hitting the ball.

19.6

DJ Bravo to Mushangwe, FOUR, a boundary to end the innings! Mushangwe backs away and skews a drive over backward point. With all the protection out on the leg side, there's no-one to stop it.

Darren Sammy's return to the West Indies side wasn't the most successful personally, the returning captain conceding 34 in his four overs, but his army of allrounders and spinners have done well today. Badree and Narine were superb, but it was Tino Best who really pegged Zimbabwe back with the early dismissals of both openers. Had they been able to set a solid base, Zimbabwe might've hoped for 150. They weren't helped by Taylor's early exit, but Ervine and Waller put together 60 for the 4th wicket to give Zimbabwe hope. Join us in a few minutes for what promises to be an interesting chase. By the way, if you'd like to find me on Twitter after this match to discuss the result or anything cricket-related, you can do so here.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 130/8
N Mushangwe    5* (3b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-16-2
KM Jarvis    0* (0b)      TL Best    4-0-18-3
Series Results
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West Indies won by 41 runs
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Mar 2, 2013

Tino Best cleans up Chamu Chibhabha, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st T20I, North Sound, March 2, 2013

Tino Best cleans up Chamu Chibhabha

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Mar 2, 2013

Dwayne Bravo launches one through the offside, 1st T20I, North Sound, March 2, 2013

Dwayne Bravo launches one through the offside

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