Zimbabwe tour of West Indies, 2nd T20I: West Indies v Zimbabwe at North Sound, Mar 3, 2013
West Indies won by 41 runs

Team news A couple of changes for both sides. Darren Bravo will sit this game out, as will Tino Best, while allrounder Christopher Barnwell and Trinidadian quick Shannon Gabriel are brought in. For Zimbabwe, Kyle Jarvis doesn't make it into the XI this time, and he's replaced by Tendai Chatara, so there's no space for allrounder Keegan Meth.

Priyank: "Wow ! WI batting first. Was eagerly waiting for this moment. Run feast on its way. Can't wait !" Indeed! Charles, Bravo, Pollard et al could well put on a whopping great score today.

Hemant: "I guess the chances of Zimbabwe winning today are higher than those of my comment getting published :)" A cunning tactic, Hemant.

Pitch and conditions Sunny day aside, the same pitch is being used today, and there's a bald, cracking patch on a nice, full length at one end that could give the spinners plenty to work with. That said, Zimbabwe's spinners were barely given a chance to settle yesterday. Narine and Badree, on the other hand, could be a real handful.

Muhammad Adnan Asif: "hello every one could Zimbabwe beat WI today." Hello! The question on everyone's lips. Except, perhaps, for Ilyas.

ilyas: "india." I think you've mistakenly clicked on the wrong scorecard link, friend.

Graham: "Zim must bowl better!!! but have no bowling coach, maybe Meth will get a run out at last ...a bit of variety would help and Chatara is too raw...can only be better than yesterday." Hopefully we'll get a look at the make-up of the two sides presently. I feel there will probably be a bit of tinkering on both sides.

Toss Brendan Taylor has called wrongly at the toss for the first time on this tour, and Darren Sammy has taken the opportunity to bat first.

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the second and final Twenty20 international between West Indies and Zimbabwe at North Sound in Antigua. West Indies brushed the Zimbabweans away like so many flies in the first match, playing like the world champions they are. It's another bright, sunny day in Antigua. The pitch wasn't quite as conducive to spin bowling as we'd previously expected in the first match, and a par score looked somewhere in the 150-160 range. If West Indies power-packed batting line up gets going today, they could well score a great deal more than that. First, however, we've got the toss to look forward to.


Mpofu to Simmons, no run, Mpofu runs in and lands a length delivery on middle and leg, and a gentle tap to mid-on begins the innings.


Mpofu to Simmons, no run, a touch shorter this time from Mpofu, and Simmons stands up tall to punch to Waller at cover point.


Mpofu to Simmons, 2 runs, runs this time, Mpofu slipping towards Simmons' pads and being flicked down to fine leg.


Mpofu to Simmons, 1 run, a good, sharp run ... in the end. Charles called for it after Simmons tapped towards point, but the fielder there was Vusi Sibanda, and his shy only just missed the stumps. Had it hit, Charles was probably a goner.


Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, nudged off the hip, and they take a rather less dramatic single.


Mpofu to Simmons, 1 run, shaping ever so gently away from the bat off a length, and Simmons runs the ball down to third man.

johanna: "Please publish my comment please. This would be a huge achievement in my life . PLEASE PUBLISH MY COMMENT I BEG OF YOU." Johanna, please calm down. Your comment is almost as frantic as the running out in the middle.

End of over 1 (5 runs) West Indies 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • LMP Simmons 4 (5b)
    • J Charles 1 (1b)
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-5-0

The one-armed Chatara will share the early duties. He's got two arms, of course, but only uses the right one in his slightly odd bowling action.


Chatara to Simmons, no run, he hits a decent length to start, and the ball is played watchfully to mid-on.


Chatara to Simmons, no run, Chatara finds enough swing to curve one past Simmons' swinging bat.


Chatara to Simmons, no run, good pace from Chatara, who was distinctly medium-paced in the first match. He reaches 132.5kph with this length delivery.


Chatara to Simmons, 2 runs, too straight this time, and it's worked off the legs for a couple.


Chatara to Simmons, no run, has this kept a shade low? The ball seamed in and died off the track to beat Simmons' cut, Taylor taking it at shin height.


Chatara to Simmons, no run, Simmons glides one down to short third man, where it's cleanly stopped. Chatara ends with a slower ball - and it's very slow at just 104.8kph.

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • LMP Simmons 6 (11b)
    • J Charles 1 (1b)
    • TL Chatara 1-0-2-0
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-5-0

Mpofu to Charles, 1 wide, Mpofu errs in line, flinging this one down the leg side.


Mpofu to Charles, no run, was this another slower one? It certainly looked like it. No pace to work with as the ball is tapped to backward point.


Mpofu to Charles, no run, this one definitely was slower, and Charles punches it to mid-on, his head right over the ball.


Mpofu to Charles, 1 run, good lines on this inswinger from Mpofu, but Charles manages to angle the ball wide of mid-on for a single.


Mpofu to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons backs away to give himself acres of room, but Mpofu follows him and the damage is kept to a single.


Mpofu to Charles, FOUR, a scything cut bursts through backward point's hands, and races away to the unguarded third man boundary. That was hit fiercely hard.


Mpofu to Charles, 1 leg bye, angled down leg, the ball strikes the pad and Taylor appeals for lbw. It was missing the stumps, however, and he may well have gone some bat on it too.

End of over 3 (8 runs) West Indies 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • J Charles 6 (6b 1x4)
    • LMP Simmons 7 (12b)
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-12-0
    • TL Chatara 1-0-2-0

Kunal Singhania: "I think at the fall of first wicket WI should send POLLARD to bat,as he is more effective against spinners." I believe these are two pace bowlers, Kunal.


Chatara to Charles, FOUR, laced through extra cover! Charles clears the left leg to give this one a real thump. The off side field barely moved.


Chatara to Charles, OUT, not this time! Having pinged the cover boundary, Charles looks to launch this into the clear blue sky beyond deep midwicket, but a full length delivery beats his hoick and rattles the stumps. It was a horrid stroke, to be honest, and young Chatara is very pleased with the dismissal.

J Charles b Chatara 10 (14m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Chatara to Bravo, no run, Chatara is bowling with good rhythm now, and Bravo is half forward in defense to keep out an in-seaming length delivery.


Chatara to Bravo, no run, nicely bowled once more, in the channel on or around off stump and Bravo is content to defend.

Cwif Man: "What a horrible shot to play! Charles has just wasted a golden opportunity. After his centuries in Feb, he needs to consolidate and show he can be a long-term option."


Chatara to Bravo, 1 wide, an attempted bouncer goes awry, and Taylor has to make ground and leap to his left to cut this off. Chatara really bent his back, reaching 135.4kph, but lost his line completely.


Chatara to Bravo, no run, that's better. A fullish length on off stump has Bravo defending.


Chatara to Bravo, 1 run, a stunning effort from Waller on the rope! Or is it? Bravo flicked in the air off his pads in characteristically flamboyant fashion, and Waller backpedaled, leaping at the boundary and trying to tap the ball back into play. Alas, his right foot was grounded outside the rope as he did so.

End of over 4 (6 runs) West Indies 21/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • DJ Bravo 1 (4b)
    • LMP Simmons 7 (12b)
    • TL Chatara 2-0-8-1
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-12-0

Spin for the first time today, Prosper Utseya is brought on to twirl down his offies.


Utseya to Bravo, no run, looped up outside off, Bravo defends to cover and looks for a non-existent single.


Utseya to Bravo, no run, nudged to leg this time, but again there's no run to be had with the fielder in quickly.


Utseya to Bravo, no run, swept, but straight to the man at short fine leg.


Utseya to Bravo, no run, swept once more, but the short fine leg fielder is in action again to stop it.


Utseya to Bravo, 1 run, this time Bravo finds the gap, driving a single to long on.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons follows suit, not taking full toll of a low full toss, and driving a single to long on.

End of over 5 (2 runs) West Indies 23/1 (RR: 4.60)

    • LMP Simmons 8 (13b)
    • DJ Bravo 2 (9b)
    • P Utseya 1-0-2-0
    • TL Chatara 2-0-8-1

Chatara to Simmons, SIX, will Simmons deal mainly in sixes again? On this evidence, that looks likely! He steps back to make room, and sends the ball sailing over long off with a fluid swing of the bat.


Chatara to Simmons, 1 leg bye, this shot isn't quite so fluent, but the batsmen find a single off the pad.


Chatara to Bravo, 2 runs, again Bravo flicks in the air off his pads, but this shot doesn't have nearly as much airtime, and two runs are taken as fine leg runs round.


Chatara to Bravo, 1 run, a length delivery, bowled at 134.3kph, is tapped back down the track. Chatara misses it, so a single is taken.


Chatara to Simmons, 1 run, eased down to long on for one more.


Chatara to Bravo, 1 no ball, caught at short fine leg off a no-ball! It was the effort ball from Chatara, up at 142.9kph, but he's overstepped! Masakadza had held a sharp catch, too, Simmons having whipped the ball powerfully off his hip. Well, this no-ball call is actually quite marginal, very close indeed, but the call is made and Zimbabwe don't complain. Here comes the free hit ...


Chatara to Bravo, FOUR, a slower ball bouncer is top-edged up and over short fine leg, the ball bouncing just inside the rope.

Chatara took a wicket with a no-ball in the ODIs, too, and again there a sharp catch was taken in vain.

End of over 6 (16 runs) West Indies 39/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • DJ Bravo 9 (13b 1x4)
    • LMP Simmons 15 (16b 1x6)
    • TL Chatara 3-0-23-1
    • P Utseya 1-0-2-0

Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, whipped down to long on, Simmons playing with the spin.


Utseya to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo picks a gap on the leg side.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, and again, Simmons nudges with the spin and a single is taken to long on.


Utseya to Bravo, 1 run, a touch too straight from Utseya, and Bravo nudges in front of square leg.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons is content to milk the offspinner, turning this to the right of midwicket.


Utseya to Bravo, 1 run, eased out through square leg, Utseya spearing the ball down at middle and leg.

End of over 7 (6 runs) West Indies 45/1 (RR: 6.42)

    • DJ Bravo 12 (16b 1x4)
    • LMP Simmons 18 (19b 1x6)
    • P Utseya 2-0-8-0
    • TL Chatara 3-0-23-1

Taylor brings his second spinner on, and it's leggie Natsai Mushangwe.


Mushangwe to Bravo, no run, tossed up outside off. Bravo leans into a full-blooded drive, but ball spins sharply past bat.


Mushangwe to Bravo, 1 run, this time the batsman thrusts his bat way out in order to cover the spin, but the ball rushes on to take the inside edge and go to square leg.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, straighter, and it's punched to wide long on off the back foot.


Mushangwe to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo leans back and powers his trademark drive through extra cover, but it's hit along the ground rather than in the air, and the cover sweeper keeps them to a single.


Mushangwe to Simmons, no run, floated up wonderfully well, the ball drifting in at the last moment and Simmons digging it out back to the bowler.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, a touch quicker this time, and Simmons tucks to leg.

End of over 8 (4 runs) West Indies 49/1 (RR: 6.12)

    • LMP Simmons 20 (22b 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 14 (19b 1x4)
    • N Mushangwe 1-0-4-0
    • P Utseya 2-0-8-0

Ah, 22-year-old legspinners from both ends now as Tino Mutombodzi comes on.


Mutombodzi to Simmons, 1 run, a touch too much width, and the ball is carved out to deep point.


Mutombodzi to Bravo, 2 runs, good running keeps the pressure on Zimbabwe's fielders. The ball was played to wide long on, and the call for a second run was made early.


Mutombodzi to Bravo, no run, this one rushes on with the arm, and is dabbed defensively to point.


Mutombodzi to Bravo, 1 run, flicked off the toes through square leg.


Mutombodzi to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons lets Mutombodzi's full toss go unpunished, and is content to nudge the ball softly through midwicket. There's a strong wind blowing across the ground, and this one would've hung in the breeze, so perhaps that put him off.


Mutombodzi to Bravo, 1 run, too full, and too straight, and Bravo flicks to square leg again.

Kunal Singhania: "Full name "Tinotenda Confidence Mutombodzi" showing some Confidence!!! Good to see that :)" A wonderfully Zimbabwean name, that.

End of over 9 (6 runs) West Indies 55/1 (RR: 6.11)

    • DJ Bravo 18 (23b 1x4)
    • LMP Simmons 22 (24b 1x6)
    • CT Mutombodzi 1-0-6-0
    • N Mushangwe 1-0-4-0

Mushangwe to Bravo, SIX, Dwayne Bravo must have a really good bat! He swiped across the line at this, one handed, and it really looked as though he'd mistimed this ... but it sailed high and straight for a big six.


Mushangwe to Bravo, OUT, well held by Taylor! Bravo attempted to repeat the stroke, but this time went at it a little too hard and send a swirling top edge up in the region of short third man. Taylor immediately set off after it, and timed his dive to perfection to hold the catch. The Zimbabwe captain failed a fitness test before this tour, but he was after this in double quick time!

DJ Bravo c †Taylor b Mushangwe 24 (22m 25b 1x4 1x6) SR: 96.00

Taylor calls a slip in after the dismissal.


Mushangwe to Barnwell, 2 runs, Barnwell is off the mark straight away, cutting hard out to deep point.


Mushangwe to Barnwell, no run, Mushangwe straightens his line, and Barnwell can't get this away.


Mushangwe to Barnwell, 1 run, cut out to point once again.


Mushangwe to Simmons, no run, Simmons taps to cover, looking for a single, but there's none to be had.

End of over 10 (9 runs) West Indies 64/2 (RR: 6.40)

    • LMP Simmons 22 (25b 1x6)
    • CD Barnwell 3 (3b)
    • N Mushangwe 2-0-13-1
    • CT Mutombodzi 1-0-6-0

Mutombodzi to Barnwell, no run, this one dipped and gripped! Barnwell's defenses are tested by one that drifted in, dipped, and spun away from him.


Mutombodzi to Barnwell, no run, well bowled once more, and Barnwell nudges softly to leg.


Mutombodzi to Barnwell, 1 run, there's an appeal from bowler and keeper, who think this full delivery has hit pad first, and then bat. But replays confirm it's bat first, and they take a single to mid-on.


Mutombodzi to Simmons, no run, Simmons looks to run the ball to third man, but there's a fielder in close.


Mutombodzi to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons aims to leg this time, working the ball through midwicket.


Mutombodzi to Barnwell, 1 wide, a topspinner is hurled down the leg side. Good take by Taylor.


Mutombodzi to Barnwell, 1 run, Barnwell makes room and finds the gap in the cover field.

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 68/2 (RR: 6.18)

    • CD Barnwell 5 (7b)
    • LMP Simmons 23 (27b 1x6)
    • CT Mutombodzi 2-0-10-0
    • N Mushangwe 2-0-13-1

Mushangwe to Barnwell, 1 run, Barnwell makes room once again, and aims another cut out to deep point.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 2 runs, heaved out into the leg side, and they push hard for a second.


Mushangwe to Simmons, FOUR, inside edged! Simmons was lining up one of his slog sweeps, but this one took the inside edge rather than the middle of the bat. The short fine leg fielder sprinted after it, but his dive couldn't haul the ball in.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, another heave to leg, but along the ground this time and the ball goes through midwicket.


Mushangwe to Barnwell, 1 run, Barnwell makes room and flays a drive through extra cover.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, chopped down through cover point.

Phew, these spinners are really rattling through these overs! Zimbabwe are doing a decent job of keeping the run rate down at the minute, but West Indies have plenty of wickets in hand.

End of over 12 (10 runs) West Indies 78/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • LMP Simmons 31 (31b 1x4 1x6)
    • CD Barnwell 7 (9b)
    • N Mushangwe 3-0-23-1
    • CT Mutombodzi 2-0-10-0

Prosper Utseya is back into the attack.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons turns the ball with the spin into the leg side.

Taylor wants that gap on the leg side plugged, so calls a man across from the covers.


Utseya to Barnwell, OUT, and the field change brings a wicket! Barnwell stepped right away to leg, looking to hammer a cut through the sparse cover field, but Utseya looped the offspinner down straight and true, the ball spinning in to rattle the stumps. Barnwell tried too hard to manufacture something there.

CD Barnwell b Utseya 7 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Enter Kieron Pollard. He's got time to play himself in here.


Utseya to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard is off the mark with an uncharacteristically gentle whip into the leg side.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 wide, Simmons backs away, but Utseya's response is a little too enthusiastic and he spears the ball down leg.


Utseya to Simmons, no run, a slow, low full toss is nudged to midwicket. Again, Simmons lets a bad ball go unpunished.

The theory, it appears, is that Simmons is unwilling to hit the ball in the air from this end, especially to leg, because of the strong wind.


Utseya to Simmons, no run, Simmons skips out this time, but yorks himself and has to dig the ball out to midwicket.


Utseya to Simmons, 1 run, another full toss, but this one is driven to long on.

We're shown footage of the West Indians doing some sort of whacky dance routine earlier, during their warm-up, between overs. They do seem to have a lot of fun.

End of over 13 (4 runs) West Indies 82/3 (RR: 6.30)

    • LMP Simmons 33 (35b 1x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 1 (1b)
    • P Utseya 3-0-12-1
    • N Mushangwe 3-0-23-1

Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, flicked out to deep midwicket.


Mushangwe to Pollard, 1 run, a misfield at backward point allows a single.


Mushangwe to Simmons, 1 run, an attempted slog sweep comes limply off the toe end, but the ball falls safely in the leg side.


Mushangwe to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard's almost killed Simmons with this stroke! The ball, from Mushangwe, was too short and Pollard rocket back to hammer a pull, the now bullet-like ball flying past Simmons as he ducked for cover at the non-striker's end. Fiercely hit!


Mushangwe to Simmons, SIX, he did this so many times yesterday! Simmons bends down low to play his version of the slog sweep, the ball going well in front of square and sailing over wide long on for six.


Mushangwe to Simmons, OUT, gone this time! Simmons sliced at this one, but still hit it very hard. The ball flew low towards Ervine at long off, never getting more than fifteen feet off the ground. Ervine sprinted forward and timed his dive really well to pluck the ball out of the air inches from the turf. He gets a big hug from a smiling bowler for his efforts.

LMP Simmons c Ervine b Mushangwe 41 (52m 39b 1x4 2x6) SR: 105.12

End of over 14 (10 runs) West Indies 92/4 (RR: 6.57)

    • KA Pollard 3 (3b)
    • N Mushangwe 4-0-33-2
    • P Utseya 3-0-12-1

Mutombodzi to Pollard, 1 run, slapped back very hard and in the air towards the bowler, who sticks his hand out but can't stop the missile.


Mutombodzi to Sammy, 1 run, driven to long off this time.


Mutombodzi to Pollard, FOUR, this sat up and asked to be hit. Mutombodzi landed this much to wide of off stump, and Pollard bludgeoned it through extra cover off the back foot.


Mutombodzi to Pollard, 1 run, a better delivery is flicked to long on, Pollard playing against the turn.


Mutombodzi to Sammy, no run, Mutombodzi appears a little more confident bowling at Sammy, and this one fizzes off a length to take the West Indian captain's splice.


Mutombodzi to Sammy, no run, driven back to the bowler, who fields in his follow through.

Navid Hurzuk: "It is heart breaking to see the stadium empty on a bright sunday, it would have been a different story if gayle would have been around." Sammy did urge the punters to come in their numbers after the last game, as it was the first time West Indies had played a Twenty20 in Antigua since they won the T20 World Cup.

End of over 15 (7 runs) West Indies 99/4 (RR: 6.60)

    • DJG Sammy 1 (3b)
    • KA Pollard 9 (6b 1x4)
    • CT Mutombodzi 3-0-17-0
    • N Mushangwe 4-0-33-2

There's a slight delay as Taylor asks Chamu Chibhabha to bowl, then realises that the world's strongest striker of a cricket ball is batting, and that feeding him gentle medium pace might be a mistake. The ball is then given to seamer Chris Mpofu ...


Mpofu to Pollard, 1 run, a full delivery is spanked down the ground, where long on comes round to keep them to a single. Better running might've given them two.


Mpofu to Sammy, 1 run, a slow offcutter is chopped out through point.


Mpofu to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard really has to reach for this one, another very slow, very wide offcutter. He cue-ends a drive to long off.

Kartik: "Where is Charles Conventry, Elton Chigumbura, Greg Lamb, and Ray Price?" I imagine they're probably watching this match from their homes in Zimbabwe, Kartik.


Mpofu to Sammy, 1 wide, ah, so this is Mpofu's plan. He floats another slow offcutter very wide outside off, but it's a little too wide this time.


Mpofu to Sammy, SIX, monstrous. Simply huge. I'm not sure I've ever seen a bigger hit! This was another slower ball, but it was much straighter and Sammy practically set it alight, so hard did he hit the ball. It sailed clear out of the ground, clearing the stands by several metres.


Mpofu to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy lines up another massive heave, but this full toss dips on him and he inside-edges to short fine leg.


Mpofu to Pollard, 1 run, on a length and quite wide, Pollard driving through cover.

How on earth are Zimbabwe going to stop these two batsmen?

End of over 16 (12 runs) West Indies 111/4 (RR: 6.93)

    • KA Pollard 12 (9b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 9 (6b 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-24-0
    • CT Mutombodzi 3-0-17-0

The parsimonious Prosper Utseya comes back.


Utseya to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard flicks with the spin to send the ball rolling slowly to the left of short fine leg.


Utseya to Sammy, FOUR, well timed again, but along the ground this time. Sammy leans back and uses his bottom hand to thump this right between long on and midwicket.


Utseya to Sammy, 1 run, Mushangwe throws to the wrong end! Sammy hit to leg, and Pollard wanted two ... but then changed his mind. His captain was already halfway down, but Mushangwe aimed his throw at Brendan Taylor - and in fact over his head. Sammy is given a life.


Utseya to Pollard, 1 run, drilled down to long on.


Utseya to Sammy, 2 wides, flung much too far down the leg side, and they take a single to add to the extra as Taylor can't get across to it.


Utseya to Pollard, 1 run, whipped through square leg.


Utseya to Sammy, no run, Sammy glances to short fine leg, where the fielder is in quickly to stop the single.

Kieron Pollard hasn't exploded yet, but with three overs to go he'll surely launch his charge soon.

Morvin: "Stadium is almost empty because it is inconceivable how spectators are asked to pay $40 for a T20 match while in Grenada the lay $20 for a 50 overs a side match." Morvin, is this true? Can anyone confirm this?

End of over 17 (10 runs) West Indies 121/4 (RR: 7.11)

    • DJG Sammy 14 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 15 (12b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 4-0-22-1
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-24-0

The batsmen take a drink as the umpire asks for the ball to be changed. This one is misshapen, probably by that six off Sammy's bat. After the short break, Chatara is called back into action.


Chatara to Pollard, SIX, this didn't come off the middle, but still flew over long off for six! Chatara attempted to copy Mpofu's tactic, and drew a mistimed stroke from the batsman ... but the batsman was Kieron Pollard, so it still went for six.


Chatara to Pollard, 1 wide, too wide outside off this time, and Pollard leaves the ball alone as it's called wide.


Chatara to Pollard, SIX, another six, and this one right into the wind! Chatara offered length outside off, and Pollard threw himself into a backfoot punch. Again, not cleanly timed, but he got enough on it.


Chatara to Pollard, FOUR, now a one-bounce four! A rattled Chatara opted for the short ball, but at no great pace and Pollard step back to hammer a pull to deep midwicket.


Chatara to Pollard, 1 run, another short one, and another pull from Pollard, but this one goes to the fielder at midwicket on the bounce.


Chatara to Sammy, 1 run, another short one, but Sammy can't time his own pull, the ball rolling slowly to long on.


Chatara to Pollard, FOUR, such power! Chatara did almost everything right with the final delivery, sending down a low, dipping full toss ... but Pollard still slapped it so hard that a diving long on fielder couldn't stop it.

That takes the partnership between these batsmen beyond 50, in just four overs together. One fears for the bowlers here, 23 runs coming off this over!

End of over 18 (23 runs) West Indies 144/4 (RR: 8.00)

    • KA Pollard 36 (17b 3x4 2x6)
    • DJG Sammy 15 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • TL Chatara 4-0-46-1
    • P Utseya 4-0-22-1

Mutombodzi to Sammy, FOUR, the carnage continues! Sammy makes room, and smokes a drive in the air to the deep extra cover boundary.


Mutombodzi to Sammy, OUT, relief for Zimbabwe! Sammy waits in the crease and sets himself to blast this one straight, but slices underneath the ball and long off holds onto a high chance. It's not the wicket Zimbabwe wanted, but right now, it'll do!

DJG Sammy c Sibanda b Mutombodzi 19 (22m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 158.33


Mutombodzi to Pollard, 1 run, Mutombodzi floats down a yorker, Pollard digging the ball out to long off. I say 'digging ... out', but he still hit it pretty hard.


Mutombodzi to Russell, OUT, Mutombodzi gets another! Russell didn't bother to give himself a sighter, slog-sweeping his first ball high to midwicket, but straight into the wind. Ervine got under it, and held the catch cleanly.

AD Russell c Ervine b Mutombodzi 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Mutombodzi to Pollard, no run, well bowled. Flat, fast and straight. Pollard hacks it back to the bowler.


Mutombodzi to Pollard, SIX, Pollard doesn't care which side the breeze is coming from, if you bowl him a full toss at this stage, he's going to go for it. This one flies out of the middle, rending through the strong wind and sailing over the boundary.

End of over 19 (11 runs) West Indies 155/6 (RR: 8.15)

    • KA Pollard 43 (20b 3x4 3x6)
    • D Ramdin 0 (0b)
    • CT Mutombodzi 4-0-28-2
    • TL Chatara 4-0-46-1

Chris Mpofu has the job of bowling the final over, and keeping a marauding Pollard quiet. He'll have Ramdin, the new batsman, on strike first. Zimbabwe would probably like to keep it that way.


Mpofu to Ramdin, OUT, that's a decent start! Mpofu slings down an inswinging yorker, at no great pace but aimed right at the toes. Ramdin jabbed down at it, but not quickly enough to protect his stumps.

D Ramdin b Mpofu 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Baynham Goredema: "So happy Pakistan trounced South Africa that I forgot Zimbabwe was playing today which tantamount to treason, very unpatriotic!" Better late than never, Baynham!


Mpofu to Narine, 1 run, Narine spoons a drive out to wide long off, and they find a single to put Pollard on strike.


Mpofu to Pollard, no run, what's going on out there? Pollard hammers the ball to long off, and they push hard for the second ... Zimbabwe can't get their act together quickly enough to effect a run-out at the non-striker's end. But what's this, the umpire has signaled one short. That's very short. Pollard just turned around a good metre away from the crease. That was surely deliberate, so that he could keep the strike. Spirit of cricket, anyone?


Mpofu to Pollard, 2 runs, full, wide but Pollard slugs it out to deep midwicket. Sibanda is the fielder out there, but he's throwing into the wind so there's time for a second run. Taylor removes the bails as the throw comes in, but Pollard is home.


Mpofu to Pollard, no run, well bowled! This is brave stuff from Mpofu. He fires this one past Pollard's outside edge, the big man attempted to hammer it out of the ground but unable to get bat on ball.


Mpofu to Pollard, no run, great finish to the over by Mpofu! He ends with a yorker, Pollard almost swinging himself off his feet but unable to lay bat on it once again.

Rasmos Mavesere: "Proud of the boys. good bowling"

So, West Indies rack up 159 for 7 after opting to bat first. Zimbabwe's bowlers actually did alright today. Prosper Utseya was at his frugal best, keeping the batsmen to just 22 in his first overs, and Chris Mpofu fulfilled his role as senior seamer with 1 for 28 in his four. For West Indies, Lendl Simmons was once again two paced, but effective, and Kieron Pollard was well nigh unstoppable. He started slowly, before launching his charge in the final overs. It could have been a lot worse for Zimbabwe if Pollard had really got going, but they don't have anyone of his power in their line-up, so 160 should be a stiff target. Join us in 10 minutes or so for the chase.

Andrew: "While there is a break on would like to know which zIm youngsters are next in line for a cap. mushangwe and mutombodzi seem to have done ok given their chance ..... Kasuza looked good, but been out of form the last year or so, Moore perhaps? ....."

End of over 20 (3 runs) West Indies 158/7

    • KA Pollard 45 (24b 3x4 3x6)
    • SP Narine 1 (1b)
    • CB Mpofu 4-0-27-1
    • CT Mutombodzi 4-0-28-2





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